Motor sport – Formula 1
Motorsport Formula 1 races often take place in glamourous cities or exotic locations, experience the thrill of the crowd and smell of the petrol from the pole position of your trackside stand! There are 22 races in the diary for the 2014 season so pick which race(s) you would like to combine with a holiday or city break! Get in touch and I can put together a package for you, whether it’s the Malaysian Grand Prix combined with an exotic beach and wildlife holiday, the Australian Grand Prix with some sun down under or a long weekend in Monte Carlo, there’s an event to suit everyone.
2014 Formula 1 Calendar (and holiday ideas)
The Indian Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2014 calendar but there are four possible new races in Austria, America (New Jersey), Russia and Mexico. Korea, America and Mexico are still to be confirmed.
16 March The opening race of the F1 season is ‘down under’ in Australia at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne. The race has been held here 77 times since 1928 and is in a great location for a holiday to include fine wines and great food!
30 March The Malaysian Grand Prix is held at the Sepang Circuit which opened in 1999, and is a popular destination with the racing teams who enjoy the spicy food and culture outside of the track. Combine this event with a beach or rainforest holiday in South East Asia or visit the Orang Utans of Borneo.
6 April Then the teams head to the Midde East and the Grand Prix of Bahrain
27 April Nearby the next stop on the calendar is the Grand Prix of Korea
12 May The Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya is the most popular testing track for drivers off season. Combine this event with a fabulous Barcelona city break. Until Fernando Alonso became world champion in 2005 the Spanish hardly ever watched formula 1, now an average 10 million tune in to watch!
25 May Monaco is probably the most popular short haul motor racing holiday with the fabulous Monte Carlo street circuit bordering the coastline full of yachts belonging to the rich and famous! The Loews hairpin is the slowest corner in F1. It is a slow, twisty circuit but always a highlight of the grand prix calendar.
1 June New for 2014 is the New Jersey Grand Prix the perfect chance to combine F1 with a New York city break!
8 June The Canadian Grand Prix is at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the streets of Montreal are full of parties and fans centred around the Rue Ste Catherine. The circuit was created using rock from the buildling of the Montreal metro on the Island of Notre Dame in 1965. Combine this race with a holiday to Canada around Quebec and Ontario or cross this vast country by train to the Rocky Mountains and Vancouver!
22 June. New for 2014 is the Austrian Grand Prix (to be confirmed), combine with a walking holiday in the mountains or the cities of Vienna & Salzburg.
6 July British Grand Prix has been held at Silverstone since 1950, making it the home of British Motor Racing. At the end of the second world war, the RAC joined up the runways and taxiways of the airfield to create this track!
20 July The Hockenheim Circuit is home to the German Grand Prix and was built as a test track for Mercedes Benz in 1939. The track is now shorter than it’s original setting through the forest and this is one of the few F1 tracks where, on non race days, you can take your own car onto the circuit.
27 July The Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest is set in a small valley at the Hungaroring. A tight a twisty circuit, the surrounding hills provide great viewpoints for spectators. This is an ideal city break holiday.
24 August The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps is home to the most talked about corner in F1. The Eau Rouge is technically demanding and the race is in a picturesque location in the Ardennes forest.
7 Sept the Italian Grand Prix is at the world famous and fastest track in the world, Monza. This is a fabulous place for a culture and food break to Milan and the Italian Lakes. Visit Mr Acquati’s Memorabilia and Book Shop next to the track for motor racing souvenirs.
21 Sept Back to Asia for the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Daylight is replicated on public roads as the F1 takes place at night here. There are two bridges used on the circuit to cross harbour canals.
5 Oct New for 2014 is the Russian Grand Prix the first in the country for 100 years and to take place in Sochi, a resort on the Black Sea, on an olympic track.
12 Oct Heading east again next is the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka circuit near Nagoya. Combine this with a holiday to Toyko and the highlands and explore this fascinating country.
26 Oct The Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was home to the first F1 twighlight race in 2009. It is built on the man made Yas Island and is an Arabian high speed version of the Monaco circuit. All the grandstands here are covered to protect spectators from the hot desert sun. There is a five star hotel straddling the track.
9 November Back to the Americas for the last of the seasons races, with the Grand Prix of USA in Austin, combine with a self drive around Texas and the southern States.
16 Nov Another new race for 2014 is the Mexico Grand Prix (to be confirmed).
In addition to the Formula 1 events, one of the most popular dates in the motor racing calendar is the Le Mans 24 hours. This race lasts 24 hours and is actualy four races which run simultaneously in four different classes of car. No single driver can race for more than 14 hours in total. There are a range of accommodations for this unique event, including camping at the Airtrack Village, I can book you trackside hospitality, travel options including ferry and hotels and official event tickets. The track at Le Mans is 8.59 miles and the race was first held in 1923.