There’s no doubt about it: Motorsport is one of the coolest sports on the planet. What’s more, it makes for an entirely different kind of experience from going to a football or basketball match. Motorsports is fast and furious – a little bit like the film. With that said, there’s a big difference between your local racing track and the most iconic race tracks in the world. Here is a rundown of some of the best.
Nordschleife is the new name for the Nurburgring, an iconic track that will go down in the annals of motor racing history. The Nurburgring is one of the longest tracks in the world, measuring more than eight miles in length. Even the fastest cars struggle to get around this track in under five minutes, meaning that spectators might be waiting a long time to see the action. The good thing about the track, however, is that it is unique among practically all tracks in the world. It’s a little bit like Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen – a longer, better version of most tracks today. There are long straights (some are over a mile), banked hairpins and chicanes. What’s more, the Nurburgring is used as a testing ground for some of the most advanced cars in the world. If you ever wondered where the prototypes of your new Mercedes or BMWs were tested, it was here.
The Montreal circuit has been through a number of guises in its history, beginning life at Mosport Park before moving to Mont Tremblant. In 1978 it was transferred to the iconic Isle of Notre Dame and has been hosting Canada Grand Prix parties ever since.
In many ways, the Montreal circuit is much better than the Nurburgring, especially if you and your buddies want to have a fantastic day out. Not only is it located in North America, but the stands are also high up, meaning that you’re able to see most of the track from a single vantage point. The main event on the Montreal calendar is the F1 Grand Prix, although other racing events are held throughout the year.
Monte Carlo is probably the most famous track in the whole world, thanks to its utterly unique setting. Once a year, downtown Monaco and the sea front area are transformed into a race track, attracting millions of people to attend and watch the race. It’s a little bit like the Ascot of the motor racing calendar, with a who’s who of people in the audience most years. Monte Carlo is also a great track to go and watch because of the drama of the course. Not only is the course one of the most technically demanding of the entire season, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. Every year, many drivers crash out. Some years, it’s as much as half the field. On some occasions, only five or six cars finish.
The stands overlook the track and are only feet away from the action, meaning you’ll get to hear and see all the action up close.