At the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Italy became the first country to have hosted 100 rounds of the Formula 1 World Championship. Here are the countries which have hosted the most F1 races!
There is yet to be a Formula 1 season which has not featured an Italian Grand Prix. For all but one year, the event has been held at Monza – which in 2020 became the first circuit to have hosted 70 rounds of the World Championship. 1980 is the only season in which Monza did not host the event. With the track undergoing renovations, Imola stepped in to host that year’s race – and the event proved so popular that the circuit remained on the calendar as host of the San Marino Grand Prix through to 2006. Monza and Imola’s races take Italy’s total to 97. One-off races were held at Pescara in 1957 and Mugello in 2020. F1’s return to Imola for the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix marked the 100th round of the World Championship to be held in Italy.
Germany has hosted the second-most F1 races of any country. The Nurburgring and Hockenheim have shared the majority of races in the country, while AVUS hosted just one race – the 1959 German Grand Prix. 1950, 1955, 1960, 2015 and 2017 are the only five seasons in which Germany has not hosted a round of the World Championship. In addition to the German Grand Prix, the European and Luxembourg races were also held at the Nurburgring. The 2020 Eifel Grand Prix was the 79th race to be held in Germany, and it made the Nurburgring the first circuit to have hosted F1 races with four different event titles.
Britain is the last of three countries to have hosted more F1 races than there have been F1 seasons. Four different circuits have hosted Formula 1 races, but none more than Silverstone. The circuit which hosted the first round of the World Championship has now hosted the British Grand Prix on 54 occasions, and hosted the additional 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in 2020. Aintree and Brands Hatch are the only other circuits to have hosted the British Grand Prix since 1990, with Aintree doing so five times, and Brands Hatch hosting the event twelve times. Brands Hatch also hosted the European Grand Prix in 1983 and 1985. Donington Park is the only other British circuit to have hosted a Grand Prix. The 1993 European Grand Prix was held at the venue.
No fewer than ten different venues have hosted Formula 1 races in the United States, with the country hosting 70 rounds of the World Championship in total. Watkins Glen has hosted the most races in the country, having hosted the United States Grand Prix on twenty occasions. It should be noted that eleven of the seventy rounds of the World Championship held in the United States were Indianapolis 500 races, which counted towards the Drivers’ Championship but were not run to Formula 1 regulations.
The Monaco Grand Prix is Formula 1’s blue ribbon event, and the Principality has hosted the fifth most races of any nation. The Monaco Grand Prix has been held 77 times since it was founded in 1929, with 66 of those counting towards the Drivers’ Championship. With the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, 2020 is the first Formula 1 season to not feature a race in Monaco since 1954. 1951, 1952 and 1953 are the only other seasons when the Monaco Grand Prix has not been a round of the championship.
The Belgian Grand Prix featured on the calendar for the inaugural Formula 1 season and has been held in all but six years since. The race was not held in 1957, 1959, 1969, 1971, 2003 and 2006. From the 65 Belgian Grands Prix held as a round of the Drivers’ Championship, there have been three different hosts: Spa-Francorchamps, Zolder and Nivelles. Spa has hosted the most Belgian Grands Prix by far. Having hosted the event 53 times since the inaugural season, Spa has hosted the fourth most F1 races of any circuit.
61 Formula 1 Grands Prix have been held in France. Sixty of those were the French Grand Prix, while the only other Grand Prix to be held in France was the 1982 Swiss Grand Prix, which took place at Dijon. Prior to the end of Magny Cours’ contract to host the event in 2008, 1955 was the only season in which the French Grand Prix had not been held. The race returned after a ten year absence at Circuit Paul Ricard in 2018. Other circuits to have hosted F1 races in France are Reims, Rouen, Charade and Le Mans.
Spain has hosted 57 Grands Prix in total – fifty of those being Spanish Grands Prix and seven European Grands Prix. Five different circuits have hosted the Spanish Grand Prix in F1’s history: Pedralbes, Jarama, Montjuic, Jerez and Catalunya. The European Grand Prix was held in Spain at Jerez (in 1994 and 1997) and at Valencia Street Circuit (from 2008 to 2012). 1985 was the last year in which Formula 1 did not visit Spain.
In 2019, Canada became the tenth country to have hosted fifty Formula 1 races. Since the first race in the country was held at Mosport Park in 1967, there have been only four seasons in which the Canadian Grand Prix did not appear on the calendar (1975, 1987, 2009 and 2020). Three different circuits have played host to the Canadian Grand Prix. In its formative years, the event alternated between Mosport Park and Mont-Tremblant, before finding a more permanent home on the Ile Notre Dame island in 1978.
2020 is the first Formula 1 season to not feature a Brazilian Grand Prix since 1972, ending a 47-year streak of Brazilian races. 37 of those Brazilian Grands Prix were held at Interlagos, while the other ten were held at the Jacarepaguá circuit in Rio de Janeiro between 1978 and 1989. The Jacarepaguá track, which was later renamed in honour of Nelson Piquet, was demolished in 2012 to make way for facilities to be used at the 2016 Olympics.
The full list of countries which have hosted F1 races, as of the 2020 Abu Dhabi GP:
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, Motorsport Guides and WTF1. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.