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Autódromo José Carlos Pace - Formula 1 circuit, (Interlagos), São Paulo, Brazil

September 12th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Autódromo José Carlos Pace is the venue of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix, located in a suburb of the city of São Paulo. It is still widely known by its former name, Interlagos. The neighbourhood is also known as Interlagos, from its proximity to the circuit.

The land on which the circuit is built was originally bought in 1936 by property developers who wanted to build accommodation. However, it was discovered that the land was unsuitable for housing, so a racing circuit was built instead.

The traditional name of the circuit (literally, "between lakes") comes from the fact that it was built in a region between two large artificial lakes, Guarapiranga and Billings, which were built in the early 20th century to supply the city with water and electric power. In the 1970s it was renamed to honor the then recently deceased Formula One driver José Carlos Pace. There is a kart circuit inside it named after Ayrton Senna.

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Shanghai International Circuit (Formula 1), Shanghai, China

September 11th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Shanghai International Circuit (Formula 1) - shown under construction. The main grandstand, pit garages and parts of the circuit can be seen.

The Shanghai International Circuit (Simplified Chinese: 上海国际赛车场, Traditional Chinese: 上海國際賽車場; pinyin: Shànghǎi Guójì Sàichēchǎng) is a brand new motor racing venue, situated near Shanghai in China. It was the venue of the inaugural Formula One Chinese Grand Prix on 26 September 2004.

In common with many other new Formula One circuits, it was designed by Hermann Tilke. Contrary to popular belief, the resemblance of the track layout with the Chinese character shang (上), which means 'above' or 'ascend', was not intentional, but rather coincidental. One lap lasts 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometres).

Other events held at the circuit include a round of the MotoGP world championship, and the Australian-based V8 Supercar championship.

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Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco

August 19th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Circuit de Monaco is the name given to several streets in the principality of Monaco during one weekend of each year when they are closed to host the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix.

The idea for a Formula One race around the streets of Monaco came from Anthony Noghes, the president of the Monegasque car club and close friend of the ruling Grimaldi family. The inaugural race was held in 1929 and was won by William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti.

It is also worth noting, that Formula One's respective feeder series over the years, namely; F2, F3000 and GP2, also visit the circuit - concurrently with Formula One.

The circuit is commonly referred to as "Monte Carlo" because most of it is inside the Monte Carlo neighborhood of Monaco.

Due to the tight and twisty nature of the circuit, it favours the skill of the drivers over the power of the cars. However, there is very little overtaking as the course is so narrow and dangerous. Racing round the course has been likened to riding a bicycle round your bathroom or, in Nelson Piquet's words, "Flying a helicopter in your living room".

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The Nurburgring race track, Germany

February 11th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

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The Nrburgring (alternative spelling: Nuerburgring), known as simply "the Ring" by enthusiasts, is the name of a famous road racing circuit for autos or motorcycles in Germany, of which there are several configurations.

Only the shorter, modern 1980s version called GP-Strecke is nowadays used by major and international racing events. Yet, the older, much longer version of the Ring called Nordschleife, built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nrburg in the Eifel mountains, is widely considered the toughest and most demanding purpose-built race track in the world, nicknamed The Green Hell by Jackie Stewart.

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The Hungaroring - Formula One race-track, Budapest, Hungary

January 21st, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Hungaroring is a Formula One race-track near Budapest, Hungary, location of the Hungarian Grand Prix. It became the location for the first Formula 1 Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain in 1986.

Hot and dusty: those are the keywords for the Hungaroring. Held in the middle of a central European summer, it is the only established circuit in the Grand Prix calendar never to have seen a wet race. The circuit is generally dusty due to underuse throughout the season, and this dustiness is heightened by the circuit's location in a valley near Budapest, attracting dust and litter from the city. Its location on sandy soil also means that if a car drops a wheel off the track, it kicks up massive clouds of dust.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA

July 3rd, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana (a separate city completely surrounded by Indianapolis) in the United States, is the second-oldest surviving auto racing track in the world (after The Milwaukee Mile), having existed since 1909. The track is a realtively flat two and a half mile oval, almost rectangular in shape. It has a spectator capacity of over 300,000, the largest sporting facility in the United States. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Formula 1 circuit, Silverstone, England

June 27th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Formula 1 circuit, Silverstone, UK