If you crave excitement, the tracks are the place for you. There's just something about the spirit of the contest, the adrenaline is electric and infectious. For motorsports fans, there's no feeling like it. This is why we follow the sport in the first place.
There are incredible and fabulous races around the world which everybody talks about, such as Formula 1 or NASCAR, and there are wonderful cars that everyone discusses that speed around these stunning tracks, but what of the home of all of this excitement, the tracks themselves? With that being said, here are the ten greatest racetracks in Europe.
The Nürburgring is a motorsports complex in the Rhineland region of Germany, which seats 150,000 people. Established in 1925, the Nürburgring was first used to host ADAC Eifelrennen races and was last used for a major race in 1929.
Following WWII, the Nürburgring was re-established as a racing ground and was primarily used for Formula One races as a part of the German Grand Prix, until 1976. That year, Niki Lauda, the world champion of the time, crashed and was severely injured. Due to this accident, the old course was taken apart and a new one stands in its place today.
9 Red Bull Ring
The Red Bull Ring is located in Styria, Austria and was established under the name of Osterreichring in 1969. During its initial construction, the Osterreichring aimed to replace an old, dull racecourse by the name of Zeltweg Airfield Circuit.
The newer racecourse was scenic and a unique circuit to race for many drivers of the time. From 1970 to 1987, the Red Bull Ring had the honor of hosting the Austrian Grand Prix for eighteen consecutive years, after which it was shortened and renovated. Following this, the new ring hosted the Grand Prix once again from 1997 to 2003.
The Fiorano circuit is a private racecourse owned by the Ferrari company and is used for testing their products. The Fiorano circuit is named after its location in Fiorano, Modonese, Italy and was originally built in 1972. When it was initially built, the Fiorano was 27.6 feet wide and 1.86 miles long.
A renovation project in 1992 added a few feet to the circuit and made it 1.88 miles long. The track, as mentioned above, is mainly used for developing and testing Ferrari products, and is equipped with all sorts of sensors including telemetry sensors and skid pads.
7 Circuit de Monaco
The Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit which spans the city streets of La Condamine and Monte Carlo and is centered in the tiny principality of Monaco. The circuit is used in May each year for two weekends, for the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, and then bi-annually for the Formula E Monaco ePrix.
It is said to be the slowest but most difficult track in the Grand Prix circuit. The Monaco ePrix races switch with historic Grand Prix of Monaco races, depending on the year.
The Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg motor racing circuit is situated in the Rhine valley of Germany like the Nürburgring and is situated in Baden-Württemberg. The Hockenheimring alternated with other courses and hosts the German Grand Prix biennially.
Established in 1932, the twelve-kilometer course was thought up by a young timekeeper who felt it essential the town of Hockenheim have a racecourse. In 1938, the course was drastically altered and shortened to about 7.5 kilometers and in 1965, the Hockenheimring was rebuilt due to the Autobahn A6 separating the village from the racecourse. The last renovation was in 2002.
Next up is the Imola, more fondly known as Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. the Autodromo is located between the Italian towns of Bologna and Imola and is named after the founder of Ferrari and his son, Enzo Ferrari and Alfredo Ferrari.
The Autodromo has an F1A Grade One License and is a frequent venue for the San Marino Grand Prix. The track was inaugurated in 1953 and has been in service ever since, even hosting rare races such as the 1980 Italian Grand Prix, which is usually situated at a different course. The Autodromo underwent revisions in 2007.
Following the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit, let us take a trip west to Spain: presenting the Jerez Circuit, or the Circuito de Jerez. The Circuit first opened on December 8, 1985, and hosted the very first motorcycle races in all of Spain in 1986.
Jerez can seat 125,000, but due to its remote location, a significant turnout is never expected. Due to this very reason, F1 racing moved their races to Barcelona following a race in 1991. The course has undergone numerous renovations throughout the years and was renamed in 2018 to honor the motorcyclist Angel Nieto.
3 Spa Francorchamps
Next, we take a trip to Belgium, where we have the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is located in Stavelot, Belgium, the venue of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, Spa 24 hours and the 100 km Spa Endurance Race.
The racetrack was designed in 1920 and held its first race in 1922. The original course was 15 kilometers long and has been renovated several times over the years. Today, the Spa Francorchamps circuit is 7 km long.
2 Brands Hatch
Next up we have our first British racetrack. Hailing from the small town of West Kingsdown, Kent, England, we have the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit. The circuit was first a grassy race patch that was used for motorcycle races but was renovated into a car racing track in 1950.
The Brands Hatch Circuit has hosted many significant races in the past, such as the British Grand Prix (from 1964 to 1986) and continues to do so today. Brands Hatch is owned by Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision and hosts both local and international races today.
Finally, we have the Circuit Zandvoort. Until 2017, this motorsports complex was known as the Circuit Park Zandvoort and is located in the dunes slightly north of Zandvoort, Netherlands. the first race was held at this location on June 3, 1939, but a formal track was not constructed until later years.
The Circuit, since its construction, quickly gained popularity due to its sweeping corners and has undergone renovation in 1972, 1980, and 1990.