How Many F1 Tracks Are There?
Formula 1 race tracks are just as memorable as the drivers that use them. If you’ve heard of Michael Schumacher, then you’ve likely heard of the Silverstone Circuit or the Albert Park Circuit.
The 2023 F1 Season will have 23 rounds, which means a total of 23 race tracks will be used for this year.
Throughout the years, the FIA has rotated through almost the same tracks for every season, making changes if necessary. New countries may sign up for the racing calendar and others will renew their contracts ahead of time.
Which F1 Tracks Have Been Cancelled?
The Shanghai International Circuit in China technically has a contract with the FIA that lasts until 2025. However, the COVID pandemic made it extremely difficult for the FIA to host races in the country, so the track has been suspended from the race calendar since its last race in 2019. It's still unclear when China will participate in F1 again.
The same thing happened with the Sochi Autodrom in Russia. The track would have been used in the 2022 Season but due to “certain events”, it was tough for the FIA to hold races in the country, so the contract was cancelled indefinitely.
It’s also unclear whether Russia will host another Russian Grand Prix in the near or far-off future, considering the current geopolitical events.
There are no other race tracks that have been cancelled or are not participating in the 2023 F1 season.
History of Formula 1 Tracks that Have Held a Race
Ever since the first Formula 1 race was held in 1950, a total of 75 different tracks have been used as of the 2023 Season.
Most of these tracks no longer exist or they’re no longer used for various reasons. Either they’re considered unsafe by the FIA or other geo-socio-political events are making the tracks temporarily unavailable.
As for the main ones used in the 2023 Season, some are recent additions while others have been around since the emergence of Formula 1 and have been used in most races because spectators and teams love them. They also offer a great experience for F1 cars to race on.
So far, 35 countries in the world were scheduled to host Formula One races. All of them have hosted at least one F1 event so far. Depending on the success of a track, their contracts may be extended or they may have to retire early.
By 2023, a total of 3 countries held their inaugural F1 Grand Prix races only to lose their right to host other F1 racing events immediately after.
The FIA has very strict rules by which a race track can be used for a Grand Prix. That’s why most of the 75 tracks have stopped being used for Formula 1. They either failed to meet the increasingly-strict regulations or were generally non-performant.
What Are the Most Used F1 Race Tracks?
The most used F1 race tracks are:
|Circuit Name||Races Held||First Hosted F1 Grand Prix|
|Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||41||1978|
There’s a good reason for this too. These race tracks are iconic for Formula 1. They’ve been used ever since the start of the sport in the 1950s.
In fact, Italy is the country with the most hosted World Championship F1 races, thanks to the Monza (72 races) and Imola (30) race tracks. They add up to over 100 races.
The Monza track has appeared in every single F1 season from 1950 to 2023. That’s a period of 73 years.
Monaco, second on the list, had a 65-year-run before the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled because of the COVID pandemic. Otherwise, the Monaco track would have had more races held.
Silverstone is also a fan favourite due to it being the location for the first-ever World Championship Formula 1 race which was held on May 13th 1950. Ever since, the track became a sensation among fans and drivers alike.
The street circuits are especially impressive for fans of Formula One due to the unique dynamics of the race on actual real city streets.
We’ll have to wait and see what the future of Formula 1 tracks looks like. Some may be replaced while others will keep making an appearance every season.
In any case, to summarize, Formula One has used over 75 tracks since the 1950s. During the 2023 Season, only 23 will be used for the 23 rounds.
2023 Season Track List
- Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain (3-5 March). Its contract lasts until 2036
- Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia (17-19 March). Its contract lasts until 2031
- Albert Park Circuit in Australia (31 March – 2 April). Its contract lasts until 2037
- Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan (28-30 April). Its contract lasts until 2026
- Miami International Autodrome in the United States (5-7 May). Its contract lasts until 2031
- Imola Circuit in Italy (19-21 May). Its contract lasts until 2025
- Monaco Circuit in Monaco (26-28 May). Its contract lasts until 2025
- Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain (2-4 June). Its contract lasts until 2026
- Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Canada (16-18 June). Its contract lasts until 2031
- Red Bull Ring in Austria (30 June – 2 July). Its contract lasts until 2030
- Silverstone Circuit in the Great Britain (7-9 July). Its contract lasts until 2024
- Hungaroring Circuit in Hungary (21-23 July). Its contract lasts until 2032
- Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (28-30 July). Its contract lasts until 2023
- Zandvoort Circuit in The Netherlands (25-27 August). Its contract lasts until 2025
- Autodrome Nazionale Monza in Italy (1-3 September). Its contract lasts until 2025
- Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore (15-17 September). Its contract lasts until 2028
- Suzuka International Racing Course in Japan (22-24 September). Its contract lasts until 2024
- Lusail International Circuit in Qatar (6-8 October). Its contract lasts until 2032
- Circuit of the Americas in the United States (20-22 October). Its contract lasts until 2026
- Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City (27-29 October). Its contract lasts until 2025
- Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Brazil (3-5 November). Its contract lasts until 2025
- Las Vegas Circuit in the United States (16-18 November). Its contract lasts until 2025
- Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (24-26 November). Its contract lasts until 2030