At the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will equal the Nurburgring as the venue to have hosted the fifth most World Championship events. Which circuits have hosted the most Formula 1 races? We have the answers!
71 – Monza
No circuit has appeared on the Formula 1 calendar on more occasions than Monza. Just outside of Milan, Monza has been on the schedule in every single season except one. The exception was 1980, when renovation works at Monza saw the Italian Grand Prix move to Imola.
Monza has witnessed triumph and tragedy throughout its tenure on the calendar. In recent years, it has been the scene of two surprise wins for the Red Bull junior team (Sebastian Vettel in 2008 and Pierre Gasly in 2020) plus the venue at which McLaren took their first win in almost a decade in 2021.
With Monza having hosted 71 races so far and Imola on 30, Italy is the only country to have hosted over 100 World Championship F1 races. Pescara and Mugello have also hosted F1 races in the country.
68 – Monaco
Perhaps the world’s most iconic street race, the Monaco Grand Prix has appeared on the Formula 1 calendar almost 70 times. The coronavirus pandemic saw the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix cancelled, ending a 65 year run of Circuit de Monaco appearing on the schedule in consecutive years. The future of the event is currently under threat, with race organisers yet to secure a deal beyond 2022.
56 – Silverstone
Silverstone hosted the very first World Championship Formula 1 race on May 13th 1950. It has since gone on to host the British Grand Prix on a further 54 occasions and hosted the one-off 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in 2020.
Between 1963 and 1968, Silverstone alternated British Grand Prix hosting duties with Brands Hatch, hence why its total number of races hosted is not as high as Monza or Monaco. Silverstone has been on the calendar in every year since 1987.
54 – Spa
Another of F1’s iconic venues sits fourth in the list. Like those above it in the list, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps appeared on the first Formula 1 calendar in 1950 in a very different form to how it looks today. Originally a 14km track running through the local villages, the track was removed from the calendar over safety concerns in 1970. F1 would eventually return to Spa in 1983 on the layout that is still used today
41 – Nurburgring
Nicknamed the “Green Hell”, the ferocious 22km Nordschleife circuit has earned its place in F1 folklore. In total, the Nurburgring has hosted 41 rounds of the World Championship, including races on the original layout and, from 1984 onwards, on the new version of the track.
The Nurburgring is the only circuit to have hosted Grands Prix with four different titles. In its history, it has held the German Grand Prix, the European Grand Prix and even the Luxembourg Grand Prix in 1997 & 1998! The track made a surprise return to the calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic to host the one-off Eifel Grand Prix. In that race, Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Grand Prix victories.
40 – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s enforced break from the calendar in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic saw the Nurburgring move back ahead of it in the all time list. The Montreal venue – which first appeared on the calendar in 1978 – will equal the legendary German track for fifth in the list once more in 2022.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been home to a number of maiden wins in its 40-race tenure on the F1 calendar. Its namesake took his first F1 victory in the inaugural race here in 1978, while Thierry Boutsen, Jean Alesi, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica and Daniel Ricciardo have since added their names to the list of first time winners at the track.
The full list of circuits which have hosted Formula 1 races
The table below shows every circuit which has hosted a World Championship Formula 1 race, along with how many races it has hosted and when it first appeared on the calendar. Note that for ‘Red Bull Ring’, the number also includes races held at the Spielberg venue when it was called the Österreichring and the A1 Ring. This list was last updated before the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.
|Races||Circuit||Country||First hosted F1|
|40||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||Canada||1978|
|35||Red Bull Ring*||Austria||1970|
|32||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||Spain||1991|
|21||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez||Mexico||1963|
|20||Autodromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez||Argentina||1953|
|19||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||USA||1950|
|19||Sepang International Circuit||Malaysia||1999|
|19||Bahrain International Circuit||Bahrain||2004|
|18||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||France||1991|
|17||Circuit Paul Ricard||France||1971|
|16||Shanghai International Circuit||China||2004|
|14||Brands Hatch Circuit||United Kingdom||1964|
|13||Yas Marina Circuit||United Arab Emirates||2009|
|12||Marina Bay Street Circuit||Singapore||2008|
|11||Circuit de Reims-Gueux||France||1950|
|11||Adelaide Street Circuit||Australia||1985|
|9||Circuit of the Americas||USA||2012|
|8||Long Beach Street Circuit||USA||1976|
|8||Sochi International Autodrom||Russia||2014|
|7||Jerez de la Frontera||Spain||1986|
|6||Baku Street Circuit||Azerbaijan||2016|
|5||Circuit de Rouen-les-Essarts||France||1952|
|5||Valencia Street Circuit||Spain||2008|
|4||Circuit de Charade||France||1965|
|4||Fuji International Speedway||Japan||1976|
|4||Korea International Circuit||South Korea||2010|
|3||Prince George Circuit||South Africa||1962|
|3||Phoenix Street Circuit||USA||1989|
|3||Buddh International Circuit||India||2011|
|2||Circuito da Boavista||Portugal||1958|
|2||TI Circuit Aida||Japan||1994|
|2||Jeddah Corniche Circuit||Saudi Arabia||2021|
|1||Sebring International Raceway||USA||1959|
|1||Circuito de Monsanto||Portugal||1959|
|1||Riverside International Raceway||USA||1960|
|1||Dallas Fair Park||USA||1984|
|1||Donington Park||United Kingdom||1993|
|1||Losail International Circuit||Qatar||2021|
|1||Miami International Autodrome||USA||2022|
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 and Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.