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Legendary Tracks Reborn? F1’s Return to China’s Shanghai Circuit

Formula 1 is set to return to the Shanghai International Circuit for the first time since 2019. We also saw Circuit Zandvoort brought back in 2021, while Portugal’s and Turkey’s tracks were also temporarily used during the pandemic. For now, we’re focusing our F1 bets online on the Chinese Grand Prix. But this still makes us wonder if we can have several legendary tracks make a comeback.

 

Legendary Tracks Reborn? F1's Return to China's Shanghai Circuit
Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel | Marwan Naamani / AFP

We’d Love to See These Grand Prixes Return

The Shanghai International Circuit is one of the more favorably reviewed new circuits in Formula 1. It is the most expensively-made track of its time and is one of Hermann Tilke’s better circuits. With that said, F1 is just not the same without some of these classic circuits:

 

Nurburgring & Hockenheimring, German Grand Prix (2013, 2019)

It’s still surreal that Germany is not part of the F1 calendar. This is a country that’s produced all-time greats like Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel and is synonymous with making the best cars. But politics and finances aside, both Nurburgring and Hockenheimring deserve to be part of any F1 season.

Once upon a time, these tracks were considered the toughest in F1. Nurburgring was infamously known as the “Green Hell” and three-time champion Niki Lauda tried to boycott this race. These circuits were re-designed to make it safer for the drivers. But given their history and difficulty, they remain popular tracks among fans.

 

Kyalami, South African Grand Prix (1993)

The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit or simply the “Kyalami” (which means “My home” in Zulu) is the iconic African F1 track. There has been consistent F1 news and rumors that they are planning to return here sometime soon. Not only is this track significant due to the geopolitics, but because it races well with a breathtaking vista.

Moreover, we have had several generations of F1 drivers since this track was the last part of the calendar. Alain Prost was the last driver to win here, and it would be curious to see how Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton navigate this “new” circuit.

 

Fuji Speedway, Japanese Grand Prix (2008)

The Suzuka circuit is fine and all. But many fans still hold the Fuji Speedway as the Japanese track for F1. We’ve seen epic battles here thanks to being the last race in the F1 calendar before. The track regained notoriety thanks to the dramatization of the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix in the movie Rush.

As a track, the Fuji Speedway featured the longest straight in motorsport at 0.917 miles. And there is nothing quite like racing with Mt. Fuji on the backdrop. Organizers tried to bring this course back in 2007 and 2008, but logistical issues coupled with the global recession all but spelled the end for that comeback.

 

Istanbul Park, Turkish Grand Prix (2021)

Istanbul Park is one of the more popular tracks for good reason. It is hailed by everyone as being equally flowing and demanding for a modern course. And even the Circuit of the Americas was designed in light of this course. However, politics and finances made this track’s F1 involvement short-lived though it did make a two-season comeback in 2020 and 2021.

Mercedes won both races with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas winning each, respectively. The latter pulled off an upset of F1 odds in 2021 as the race between Hamilton and Verstappen heated up.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which F1 grand prix is the best to bet online?


Any track can be good for betting online for F1 provided fans do their research and are well-versed with the history.

Is Max Verstappen a good bet for the Chinese Grand Prix?


Verstappen is once again heavily favored to win a grand prix. It just depends on his online sports betting odds being worth their juice.

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