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Travel_iconThe world of F1 is about to take a tour across Europe, passing through seven destinations across the continent before going on to the next series of races across South East Asia.

If you are planning a European excursion, here is a list of must-attend races that will be taking place between now and September:

  • Monaco (May 26): Racing’s crown jewel is undoubtedly the Monaco Grand Prix. Monte Carlo has hosted races since the 1920s and tourists (who can afford it) flock to the second smallest country in the world every year to enjoy the various fashion shows and yacht parties taking place all weekend long. However, don’t let the fun fool you: according to drivers, the narrow streets and tight corners make driving in Monaco like driving a bike around a living room.
  • Britain (June 30): The Silverstone circuit which hosts the British Grand Prix was formerly a WWII airfield. The track was recently revised but is still blazing fast enough to make for a thrilling race. After the engines have stopped whirring, The White Horse Inn, the only such establishment in Silverstone, is where race fans gather to discuss the race.
  • Belgium (August 25): The Spa Circuit in Belgium, with its combination of corners and stretches, is one of F1’s most complete tracks. It is also where Michael Schumacher made his debut in 1991 and where he celebrated 20 years in 2011. When the cars aren’t streaming past The Eau Rouge, arguably the most famous corner in F1, fans are usually testing their luck at The Casino de Spa, the oldest casino in the world.
  • Italy (September 8): The Italian Grand Prix held on the Monza Circuit is Ferrari’s home race. The fastest circuit on the calendar, it allows drivers to reach speeds in excess of 350 km/h as they are able to drive full throttle for over 80% of the race. Monza is also home to Europe’s largest enclosed park and the City Centre is the place to go for the best in high-end Italian couture.

– Adeel Jawaid

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 19, 2013.