While boys search for weekend getaways, men who are race fanatics mark race day weekends on their calendars as getaways. 2017 had twenty Formula 1 (F1) races planned, out of which eleven are already done and there are still 9 races to go. Mark your calendars to head to one of these nine remaining races. Watching tyres screech and drivers burn the tarmac, blonde beauties adorning the starting line and heady parties post races, all this while trying amazing local cuisines and beverages and make the F1 a celebration like no other. With each race invariably hosting live performances by top celebrities, these races are as awesome as a weekend can ever get. Rather than ruing over the eleven races you have missed, read on and start planning on making it to one of the 9 remaining adrenaline filled festivals.
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August 25th – 27th
The town of Spa in Belgium is the setting for this race which is planned at the end of August. Apart from being one of the most scenic circuits in the F1 calendar, Spa is also known across the world for its water due to its natural springs. Spa is fondly referred to as the ‘Café of Europe' due to amazing restaurants and charming outdoor cafes. Tourists usually enjoy the hydrotherapy sessions at one of many natural spring sites, test their driving skills at old F1 tracks or head to Brussels to enjoy the party scene of the city.
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September 1st – 3rd
Monza, a short drive from Milan is an enticing destination for race buffs and travel freaks alike. Not only is the racetrack a pulsating setting, the city of Milan is an enchanting affair too. Fans treat it as a holiday and make great use of Monza's geographical setting to explore nearby places. Lake Como and the Mediterranean coast are just a short drive away, and Milan's charming architecture and amazing cafes, clubs and bar, stadium of AC Milan and South of France's beautiful delights are all a short drive away which usually means an extended stay for this race. And no prizes for guessing who attracts the biggest support – the home super horse, Ferrari.
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September 15th – 17th
A night race on the city's public roads around the popular Marina Bay area make it one of the most unique and popular F1 races in the world. With the city's impressive business district's skyline as backdrop, this night race is an experience one should not miss. Since the race happens on city roads, catching it from one of the roof top bars is a preferred activity. The sounds of F1 cars echo through the city and watching these machines race past your hotel is an unmatched experience. Live performances by Calvin Harris, Arianna Grande, The Chainsmokers, One Republic and Seal will keep you entertained on all the three days. A pub crawl tour to discover the city's favorite watering holes and trying one of many amazing restaurants are also things you can do while checking out this awesome F1 circuit.
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September 29th - October 1st
Malaysia is a charming setting for F1 races. It is one destination where you can enjoy truly it's cosmopolitan character and yet there are pockets that have retained their rustic charm. Temples, mosques, ancient sites, rain forests and amazing sea side resorts – F1 fans are spoilt for choice here. The race track is world class too and a lavish grand stand at Sepang International Circuit promises an incredible viewing experience.
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October 6th – 8th
If you have watched the movie 'Senna' depicting the famous race of 1990 between Senna and Porst to decide who would be the new racing sensation then this setting needs no introduction. It is here that the famous speed test is set. Every one of the 53 laps at Suzuka International Racing Course is a breath-taking affair at this Grand Prix race. Barely 50 kilometers away from Nagoya, Japan's third largest city, the small town of Suzuka, reverberates with F1 excitement over the race weekend. Famed automaker Honda owns the track that it built to test its motor bikes and cars. Interest in racing has peaked in Japan and today it boasts of one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world. While there are various ways to make it to Suzuka, catching a bullet train from Osaka is one of the most popular tourist activities as is spending time at a nearby theme park. There is no shortage of amazing food options with cafés serving global and Japanese cuisine lining the race venue and town.
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October 20th – 22nd
Austin, Texas has already emerged as one of the most popular race venues despite being a relatively new entrant with the first race being held in 2012. Along with the race, the capital city of Texas is known for its rodeo bars and amazing barbeque joints. This state is as diverse as the city and fans usually enjoy an extended stay here exploring the nearby cities of Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, apart from voyaging to the Guadalupe Mountains or lazing around at the Gulf Coast. On race weekends this year, there are live performances by Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder lined up.
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October 27th – 29th
Viva Mexico - Who wouldn't want to watch F1 and explore one of the most vibrant Latin American countries in one go. That's exactly the charm of this F1 destination that draws thousands of race fanatics from across the globe. Watch the race, gorge on spicy food and endless options of small bites or tacos, quesadillas, carnitas or tamales, explore the majestic vistas of Mexico City and cool off with a drink at the beach. It is the charm of Mexican life that brings tourists to this race.
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November 10th – 12th
Sao Paulo is the beautiful setting for this race and it is the local fans that make it an experience like no other. Cheering for a race like a football match adds to the excitement of watching a race here. And it is the post-race parties that add to the flair of this event. This is one weekend where you should just let loose and let the Samba spirit take over to party like crazy and tank on Caipirinha, the popular and potent Brazilian cocktail.
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November 24th – 26th
Yas Island has to easily be the most glamorous setting for an F1 race and was rightly chosen as the venue to end the racing calendar with. Ever since it hosted its first race in 2009, this venue has become extremely popular with Indian tourists as well. Amazing stay options, entertainment parks such as Ferrari world and a truly luxurious setting make it a unique experience. Pink and Calvin Harris are the star performers this year. Head here to get a first-hand feel of how a desert has been transformed into a world class racing and partying circuit.
So, just pack your bags and get set, vrooooom!