Fans of things with four wheels that go really fast will be pleased that the 2016 grand prix season is now under way. And with Lewis Hamilton chasing his third successive drivers’ championship, there is more than a passing interest for British Formula One fans over the next eight months.
So, if you want to get into the heart of the action this year, here are four races which you shouldn’t miss.
Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo – 29th May
Possibly the most famous of all the races in the F1 calendar, the Monte Carlo grand prix is definitely a spectacle that all race fans should experience at least once in their life. With the cars thundering around the city streets, around hairpin turns and down narrow straights, it is often one of the most dramatic weekends of racing in the season.
Monte Carlo is also a great city in which to spend a few days. Its small size means it is easy to see the main sights in a short period of time and with its prestigious world status you may even catch a glimpse of a famous face or two. Late May is the perfect time to hit the beach, explore the Oceanographic museum or maybe try your luck in the casino.
Incidentally, we are also offering the chance to attend the Historic Monaco Grand Prix. This takes place two weeks before the professional race and includes a wide range of vintage motor vehicles.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku – 9th June
A brand new grand prix on a brand new circuit. 2016 will see Azerbaijan join the Formula 1 race calendar for the first time, as Hamilton and co get their first glimpse of the Baku Street Circuit. The layout of the track was designed by famous circuit architect Hermann Tilke and is said to include tight uphill sections on a tour of the city.
During your spare time in this fascinating destination, you can discover Baku’s artistic side at the Museum of Contemporary Art and sample some of the local food. Plus, you can admire the recently completed Flame Towers which stand proudly over the city. In a country known as The Land of Fire, this piece of modern architecture helps Baku live up to this name.
Italian Grand Prix, Monza – 4th September
The Italian Grand Prix is a regular fixture on the F1 schedule and is the perfect race to watch if you want to see some high-speed action. Due to the long straights and interestingly placed breaking sections, drivers often post their highest speeds of the season on this circuit. You will also be amongst some of the most passionate motorsport fans in the world.
Not far from where the race will take place is the Ferrari museum and factory, where petrolheads can walk amongst some of the giant manufacturer’s most famous creations and even step into an F1 simulator. A visit to Monza will also give you the opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of beautiful Milan before heading home.
Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo – 13th November
With the Olympic Games fast approaching, 2016 is sure to be a big year for Brazil. Therefore, attending the Brazilian Grand Prix will enable you to experience the party atmosphere that is sure to be present in the months following what will be an exciting summer. Also, with this being the penultimate race, it could well be where the eventual winner secures the championship.
Other ways to spend your time whilst you are in Sao Paolo include taking part in Samba Saturday (live Samba music being played in many clubs around the city), visiting the soccer museum and wandering through some of the many weekend markets.
If you want to experience one of the races above or any of the others taking place in 2016, our Formula One holidays include seated tickets to the race and three nights in a local four-star hotel. Call us today to discuss a package for your chosen grand prix.