Europe is home to some of the most iconic racing tracks in the world. These are the best of the best.
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When Formula 1 returned to France in 2018, Paul Ricard is the circuit it came to. Featuring several configurations and some supremely fast sections, it's one of the highlights of the calendar.
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Located just 19 miles Northeast of Budapest, the Hungaroring is one of the most popular tracks in Europe. In addition to hosting F1, it hosts the Blancpain GT championship, the European Truck Racing championship, and a handful of vintage racing events.
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Brno circuit, the biggest track in the Czech Republic, has played host to plenty of top-level racing events, including the FIA GT1 championship, MotoGP, and Formula 2. It started as a street circuit in the 1930s before a proper track was built in 1986.
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Cadwell Park is a bit too narrow for top-level car races, but it's a highlight for the British Superbike championship every year. Why? There's a section called "the mountain" that includes a massive jump.
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Autodromo dell'Umbria (Magione)
The Autodromo dell'Umbria (also known as the Magione circuit) is a small track in central Italy. While it might not be as popular as some of the other circuits on this lists, fast corners and generous curbing area means it's just as fun to drive on.
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Mugello is a world-class circuit in Tuscany with tons of fun high-speed corners and beautiful scenery. Although it doesn't host Formula 1, it holds a grade one FIA license, meaning that an F1 race could take place there.
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Algarve International (Portimão)
The Algarve International Circuit (also known simply as the Portimão Circuit) is a fairly new track in Portugal. Built in 2008, it holds a grade two FIA license, and features occasional F1 test sessions.
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Circuit de la Sarthe
This 8.4-mile long French track is home to one of the most important races ever: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It's a semi-permanent circuit that comprises of both private track-only asphalt and public roads.
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Every year the Goodwood racing circuit is home to multiple historic race events. Featuring some of the most expensive vintage cars on the planet, there's no shortage of action.
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Donington isn't as famous as some of the other tracks on this list, but it sure looks fantastic to drive. Flat-out corners and blind sections make for an exciting time, whether you're in the car or just watching from your computer.
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Ascari is a 26-turn circuit located near the Southern tip of Spain. Full of fast chicanes and flat-out kinks, it's one hell of a track.
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Knockhill racing circuit, located in Scotland, may not look like much on paper, but the intense drops and blind uphill corners mean even the most skilled drivers have difficulty mastering it.
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Anglesey is not be the most well-known track in Great Britain, but it might be the prettiest. Overlooking the Irish Sea and full of elevation changes, there's no way you wouldn't have a fun time there.
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One of the first dedicated racing circuits ever built was in Monza. Just north of Milan, Autodromo Nazionale Monza is home to a rich history of F1 racing, and has hosted a Grand Prix for decades. Its long straights and fast sweepers make for a flat-out drive that no driver could forget.
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Built on a World War II airfield in England, Silverstone is the premier circuit in the United Kingdom. Its newly refreshed layout gives drivers the ability to push their cars to the limit on a piece of authentic British history.
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Zandvoort is a circuit in the Netherlands that has hosted a myriad of great races. It used to host F1 and now has a ton of events all year around.
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While certainly not as big as Silverstone, Brands Hatch, located in Kent, certainly has its merits as an amazing racing track. It's a fantastic, challenging course, and the scenery is unmatched.
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Circuit de Spa Francorchamps is a favorite for F1 drivers on the calendar, and for good reason. Its changing elevation, great scenery, and fantastic turns make for a great racing track. Not to mention the famous Eau Rouge corner.
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The Circuito de Jerez, located in the south of Spain, has been home to many major racing events. Everything from Formula 1 to MotoGP, this track carries a rich racing history that shouldn't be overlooked.
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For many years, two F1 Grands Prix were held every year in Italy. One at Monza, and one here, at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Known as Ferrari's home track, huge crowds of Ferrari fans would pour in to see their favorite constructor race.
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Though not nearly as famous as the Nürburgring sibling, the Hockenheimring is still the current host of the German Grand Prix. Its long straights and variying corners make it one of the more exciting cirucits on the F1 schedule.
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Firorano is Ferrari's test track, where the automaker tests all of its new cars. This includes their Formula 1 cars, as you can see above. No, it's not open to the public and no races are held there, but just seeing the track is quite the experience.
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The stree circuit in Monaco is perhaps the most well-known track on the list. It's not a permanent circuit, but it might have the most colorful history of any track in the world.
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Red Bull Ring
The Red Bull Ring, also known as the A1-Ring and Österrechring, has hosted the Austrian Grand Prix for the past two years after F1 left the circuit in 2003. In addtion to Formula 1, the circuit also hosts DTM and MotoGP.
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Mention the Nürburgring to any true enthusiast, and their eyes will light up. It's known as the Green Hell, thanks to its challenging nature and dangerously small runoffs. The 'Ring resides in Germany, and is touted as one of the most infamous and important tracks in all of racing history.