Revealed: The ultimate Formula 1 calendar as chosen by you the fans
Spa, Monza and Suzuka have been voted by fans in a JA on F1 poll as the top three all time Formula 1 circuits, whilst Sochi and Shanghai have come ...
Spa, Monza and Suzuka have been voted by fans in a JA on F1 poll as the top three all time Formula 1 circuits, whilst Sochi and Shanghai have come out as the least popular of the current tracks on the calendar.
Over 8,000 fans chose their five favourite F1 tracks as part of a poll for our competition, in conjunction with publisher Harper Collins and its new book Grand Prix Circuits.
So we can now reveal the Top 20, your ultimate Grand Prix calendar:
Top 20 Fan vote:
6 Nurburgring Nordschleife
11 Brands Hatch
12 Watkins Glen
Spa, unsurprisingly given its popularity with F1 drivers and fearsome reputation, topped the list with 19.27 per cent over the vote, making it almost twice as popular as the next track: Monza. The home of the Italian Grand Prix received 10.34 per cent, ahead of Suzuka (10.01%), Silverstone (8.2%) and Monaco (7.85%).
Whilst these classic tracks proved their popularity, some of the circuits on the current calendar have failed to win fan support. A number of circuits received less than 0.5 per cent of the vote, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Barcelona, Shanghai and Sochi.
Here's how the current tracks performed in the fan poll:
1 Spa (19.27 per cent)
2 Monza (10.34 per cent)
3 Suzuka (10.01 per cent)
4 Silverstone (8.20 per cent)
5 Monaco (7.85 per cent)
6 Montreal (5.93 per cent)
7 Interlagos (4.86 per cent)
8 Austin (2.40 per cent)
9 Singapore (1.52 per cent)
10 Melbourne (1.32 per cent)
11 Österreichring* (1.31 per cent)
12 Hungaroring (0.92 per cent)
13 Sepang (0.59 per cent)
14 Abu Dhabi (0.41 per cent)
15 Mexico City* (0.31 per cent)
16 Bahrain (0.21 per cent)
17 Barcelona (0.12 per cent)
18 Shanghai (0.09 per cent)
19 Sochi (0.06 per cent)
*The 3.673mile Österreichring is now the 2.688mile Red Bull Ring, but includes much of the original layout. Mexico City returns to the F1 calendar later this season after a 23-year absence.
Monza’s popularity will further fuel the debate around the Formula 1 calendar, after Bernie Ecclestone and the organisers of the Italian Grand Prix have struggled recently to reach an agreement to to continue hosting the race after 2016.
Sebastian Vettel made a passionate plea for the temple of speed to remain on the calendar when he said losing Monza would be like “basically ripping our hearts out.” Many classic tracks have fallen off the F1 calendar in recent years and replaced by new venues with big budgets and either government-backing or ambitious owners.
Grand Prix Circuits, the first book to bring together all of the venues ever to grace the Formula One World
Written by award-winning F1 journalist and author Maurice Hamilton, with a foreword by triple F1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, the book explores the 71 circuits that have staged a Grand Prix, detailing each one’s history and heritage. It also includes contemporaneous photography and detailed maps created by Collins, a leading publisher of maps and atlases.
Here are Maurice Hamilton’s top twenty tracks:
2 Nürburgring Nordschleife
3 Barcelona Montjuic
7 Saint Jovite
9 Brands Hatch
13 Watkins Glen
Speaking about his ultimate calendar, Hamilton said: “Spa-Francorchamps is my number one because it has the best of everything - awesome challenge, spectacular, long, great tradition and remains current while retaining a very strong link with the past. My second favourite, the Nurburgring Nordschleife, simply has no equal in terms of length and difficulty; truly mind-blowing with a great sense of history.
“My third choice, Barcelona Montjuic, was the ultimate street circuit; a fast Monaco. Breath-taking and probably, in parts, the scariest track I've ever seen. I chose Suzuka in fourth place because it is a circuit with a bit of everything. Despite being modified, still embodies the original character and challenge. Nothing else like it, either at the time or at present.
“I went for Pescara in fifth place because it was the ultimate road circuit. Truly magnificent and, at 16 miles, is the longest championship F1 track. Unbelievable, when you look at it today. In my opinion there’s really nothing to choose between the next five, which rightly says a lot for Brands Hatch.”
Next season, with the introduction of Azerbaijan, almost half of the tracks on the calendar will have been designed by Hermann Tilke. But these tracks have proved to be incredibly unpopular according to our poll.
Here’s how popular Tilke’s tracks were in our poll*:
1 Austin (2.40 per cent)
2 Istanbul (1.55 per cent)
3 Singapore (1.52 per cent)
4 Sepang (0.59 per cent)
5 Abu Dhabi (0.41 per cent)
6 India (0.23 per cent)
7 Bahrain (0.21 per cent)
8 Valencia (0.10 per cent)
9 Shanghai (0.09 per cent)
9 Korea (0.09 per cent)
10 Sochi (0.06 per cent)
*These are the 11 circuits Tilke designed from scratch, rather than updating existing circuits as he did for Hockenheim, the Red Bull Ring (then known as the A1-Ring), the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and the Fuji International Speedway.
Congratulations to the five winners of our competition to receive a copy of Grand Prix Circuits signed by Maurice Hamilton and Sir Jackie Stewart, who wrote the foreword to the book. The book is available to purchase from all good book shops and online from 8 October 2015.What do you think of the results? Do you agree with the ultimate F1 calendar? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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