The Top Street Circuits in F1: Dive Into the Excitement


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Formula One has been hitting up all sorts of tracks since 1950. You've got road courses, ovals, traditional circuits, and street circuits. That is pretty much what it sounds like races on regular streets that get closed off temporarily. Crafting a killer street circuit isn't easy, though. It's gotta be exciting for the race and show off the city's vibe. Monte Carlo nails it, which is why the Monaco Grand Prix has existed since 1950. Street circuits throw a unique challenge at F1 drivers. Mainly because there are no run-off areas. Mess up, and you're hitting a wall. You need to be precise, focused, and confident. The braver you are, the faster you'll go. Unlike the pristine traditional tracks, street circuits can come with bumps, uneven surfaces, manholes, and different types of asphalt. Let's look at the top street circuits in Formula 1.  


1. Montjuc Park: A Historic Circuit in Barcelona

This venue hosted the Spanish Grand Prix in the late '60s and '70s. It was a wild ride but super unsafe, like juggling broken glass. It was dropped in 1975 and replaced by the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Montjuc had its share of drama, including a drivers' strike over loose Armco barriers, which mechanics fixed themselves. Fun fact: the 1975 race here was the only one where a woman, Lella Lombardi, scored F1 points.


2. Monaco: The OG of Street Circuits

Monaco is the OG of street circuits, running since 1929 and part of the F1 World Championship since 1950, except for 2020, due to COVID-19. The track was the brainchild of Antony Noghes, and the last corner is named after him. As the oldest, shortest, and slowest circuit, Monaco can be a bit of a procession, but there's always action at corners like Ste Devote, the Loews Hairpin, and the harbor chicane. It's where drivers and fans mingle, yachts pack the harbor, and winners dive into the Red Bull Energy Station pool. It's part of motorsport's triple crown and the Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours. Legends like Graham Hill, Ayrton Senna, and Michael Schumacher have won here. Check out a lap video for a taste of Monaco's madness it's not sped up!


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3. Miami International Autodrome: Racing Paradise

Miami is the latest U.S. city to host F1, bringing a fresh vibe to the championship. It's part of Liberty Media's vision for F1, mixing classic tracks like Silverstone and Monza with new spots like COTA, Baku, and Sakhir, plus rotating boutique events in glamorous locales. The Miami Grand Prix turned up the glamour, with celebs crowding the grid. The track wraps around the Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins, and features a 5.41km layout with 19 corners, three straights, three DRS zones, and speeds over 340kph. There are some elevation changes, especially between Turns 13 and 16, with the track going over an exit ramp and under flyovers. Turns 14-15 have an uphill approach, a crest in the middle, and a downhill exit.


4. Macau (Guia Circuit): A Historic Street Circuit


Macau (Guia Circuit)

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So, they've been racing in Macau since 1954, and the Grand Prix weekend now features Formula Three, World Superbikes, GT, and the World Touring Car Championship. The Guia Circuit is super narrow at just 7m wide in some spots, so you won't see F1 cars here. But it's still a big deal for young drivers aiming for F1. This place makes Monaco look easy with its 6.12km of high speeds, slippery surfaces, and close crash barriers. Big names like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, and David Coulthard have won in F3. Current stars like Verstappen, Leclerc, and Ricciardo took on Macau before moving to F1.


5. Long Beach: Iconic Racing Along California's Scenic Coastline

Is there any other track where a cruise ship is part of the backdrop? At Long Beach in California, the Queen Mary is right there, turned into a floating hotel in 1967. F1 started racing here in 1976, with a unique track full of 90-degree corners and a long straight to a wide hairpin. F1 stopped in 1983; interestingly, a turbocharged F1 car never won here. Now, it's a favorite in the IndyCar series.


6. Jeddah Corniche Circuit: High-Speed Excitement on Stunning Waterfront

When Jeddah Corniche Circuit joined the F1 calendar in 2021, no one expected it to be so fast and tight. Designed by Carsten Tilke, it's a roller-coaster track along the Red Sea, making it the fastest F1 street circuit at 250kph. It's also narrow, demanding precision and nerves of steel from drivers. At 6.17km, it's the second-longest F1 circuit after Spa-Francorchamp's. Jeddah combines traditional Arabian architecture and modern amenities, hosting millions of visitors heading to Mecca and Medina.


7. Baku City Circuit: Racing Through Azerbaijan's Capital

Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan is fast, despite its eight 90-degree corners. It has an extended start/finish straight where drivers can push it. Valtteri Bottas hit an unofficial 378kph here in 2016, probably the fastest speed on an F1 weekend. The track loops around the ancient city of Baku, providing a stunning backdrop. But don't let the serene view fool you; the racing is intense, with speeds around 360kph, making it one of the fastest city circuits.


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8. Albert Park: Racing Amid Melbourne's Picturesque Parklands


 Albert Park: Racing Amid Melbourne's Picturesque Parklands

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Hop on a tram from central Melbourne, pass the MCC and Rod Laver Arena, and get off at Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix. The new Albert Park Circuit is a bit shorter and has fewer corners, but it's wider and newly resurfaced, which means more overtaking and close racing against the Melbourne skyline. The narrow track makes passing tough, and cars still hit speeds of 235kph. So, Safety Cars are pretty standard here.


9. Marina Bay Street Circuit: Nighttime Racing Spectacle

These street circuits are unique, and Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circuit is no exception. It's the only night race here, with drivers racing under bright lights, creating a spectacular view. It's also the only track with a floating grandstand, where cars pass underneath the spectators. The bumpy finish straight adds to the drama with sparks flying, making it one of the most demanding circuits for drivers.


10. Las Vegas Strip Street Circuit: Neon Lights Spectacle

F1 and Las Vegas seem like a perfect match, but the first attempt in the 80s was more like a quickie Elvis-themed wedding. They raced around the Caesars Palace car park in '81 and '82, crowning champions like Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg. But F1 is coming back in style, racing around the hotels and casinos of the Las Vegas Strip at night. Designed by Carsten Tilke, the track debuted in November as the second-to-last race of the season. Highlights include racing around the MSG Sphere Arena, a half-mile straight along Koval Lane, and flying past famous casinos like Treasure Island, The Mirage, and the Bellagio Fountains, hitting speeds up to 340kph.



Street circuits in Formula 1 offer a unique blend of challenge and excitement, pushing drivers to their limits and delivering thrilling races for fans. From Monaco's historic streets to Singapore's modern spectacle, each circuit has its own character and charm, contributing to the diverse and dynamic nature of the F1 calendar. As the sport continues to evolve, these iconic street races will remain integral, celebrating the heritage and future of Formula 1. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual viewer, the allure of street racing is undeniable, promising unforgettable moments season after season.