The European circuits to watch F1 in 2017

This is the third in a four-part series on the best places to watch sport around the world. This time I will be focusing on the European circuits to watch the motorsport Formula One.

With 20 races set in stone for next season’s calendar, the sport is branching out to more destinations around the world.

The sport’s influence in the Americas and the East is extending to new levels and that is expected to expand now Bernie Ecclestone is no longer the main boss.

The first race on the calendar is the Australian GP which takes place on Sunday 26th March.

If you’re fancy watching a Grand Prix a little closer to home, it may be worth checking out these circuits closer to home. We have left out Silverstone so you have six destinations to choose from.

Barcelona, Spain

The Catalunya Circuit is the home circuit to former World Champion and fans favourite Fernando Alonso. The Race takes place on May 14th with practice and qualifying taking place a couple days before the race takes place.

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

The classic circuit is a favourite circuit for the likes of Lewis Hamilton. The circuit is incredibly difficult to overtake around with the circuit on the actual roads running through Monaco. The race takes place on May 28th.

Spielberg, Austria

After a long awaited gap from being a host to an F1 race, it usually loses at Germany that hosts the Nurburgring and the circuit at Hoffenheim. It made an appearance last year at the renamed Red Bull Ring where Lewis Hamilton finished winner behind the young Max Verstappen. July 9th is race day.

Budapest, Hungary

The entertaining race that takes place outside the Hungarian capital is a favourite for watchers. With minimal areas for overtaking it makes for careful tactics to put teams to the test. Just a couple of weeks after the Austrian GP, the race takes place on July 30th.

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

At Spa, “one of the most fearsome corners on the lap is Pouhon, which translates into English as ‘water well”. Rain frequently makes an appearance at the circuit with a climate of its own. Close to the town famous for its spring water, the quiet town is rumbled once a year by race enthusiasts. Race day is August 27th.

Monza, Italy

The last leg of European races in the 2017 calendar, Monza is one of the oldest and most prestigious circuits in the world famous as a home circuit for the Ferrari cars. The cars tended to do well here before the Mercedes dominance in recent years. This race takes place on September 3rd.

Posted by Matthew Weston

Matt is a Freelance Writer and Travel Blogger. He also creates editorial and video content for UNILAD. Previously worked for the International Business Times and the BBC's Newsnight.

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