Attending a Formula 1 event is on the bucket list of millions of people around the world. In 2020, you have more chances than ever before to see a race in-person, thanks to the 22 events that are taking place across the globe. If you need a sign to look for Formula 1 tickets for sale, then this is the sign. There is truly no better experience than a Formula 1 race.
No matter where you choose to see a Formula 1 event, you are going to have a good time. However, to help you decide where the right locale for you might be, read on for the seven best opportunities to watch Formula 1 next year.
1. Barcelona, Spain
Undoubtedly one of the most beloved cities in Europe, Barcelona astounds all visitors with its charming landmarks, sunny beaches, and tapas offerings. Plus, it is much loved by Formula 1 fans (and drivers), as 2020 will be the 30th consecutive running of the Spanish Grand Prix at this circuit.
The 2020 Spanish Grand Prix takes place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from the 7th to the 10th of May. Additionally, Barcelona is hosting the pre-season tests. The first one is from the 19th to the 21st of February. The second one is from the 26th to the 28th of February.
A trip to Barcelona has to include Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, as well as time spent strolling along the exquisite La Ramblas. Other must-see areas include the old Gothic Quarter and La Barceloneta Beach.
2. Melbourne, Australia
Indeed, one of the most exciting destinations to watch a Formula 1 race, Melbourne knows how to show fans a good time. For the most fabulous all-around experience, choose to stay in the CBD or St. Kilda, as these locations will give you straightforward passage to the track, as well as the best restaurants, nightlife, and cultural attractions. These off-track experiences should include shopping for souvenirs at the Queen Victoria Market, testing your luck at Crown Casino, and grabbing tickets to one of the concerts or festivals that are undoubtedly happening during this time.
The new season starts at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, which takes place at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit from the 12th to the 15th of March.
3. Hanoi, Vietnam
In 2020, you can experience Asia’s newest street circuit in dynamic Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. A dream destination for travelers from all over the world, Hanoi is known for its blend of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences, as well as its impressive culture and tantalizing cuisine. Come for the Formula 1, stay for the city’s Old Quarter, temples (such as Bach Ma), and Đồng Xuân Market.
The 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix takes place at Hanoi Street Circuit from the 2nd to the 5th of April.
4. Shanghai, China
As the third-largest city in the world, you never have to worry about getting bored in Shanghai. After all, there is something exciting and fun going on everywhere! Shanghai is a mecca for foodies and a dream for shoppers (both bargain hunters and luxury addicts); however, it is also filled with enough history and culture to excite everyone in your group. It is here that colonial history sits right next to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. Watch the Formula 1 races, but make sure to leave some time for a river cruise and an evening on a rooftop bar.
The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix takes place at the Shanghai International Circuit from the 16th to the 19th of April.
5. Baku, Azerbaijan
Back in the day, it was an influential stop on the famed Silk Road, and now Baku has been welcomed into the Formula 1 world. As the capital of Azerbaijan, this city offers visitors an incredible mix of East and West, ancient history, and striking contemporary architecture. It is also one of the most affordable locales on the Formula 1 calendar! The Baku City Circuit is located in the center of the city, ensuring that you can get the most out of your time here.
The 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place at Baku City Circuit from the 4th to the 7th of June.
6. Montreal, Canada
A North American city with a European flair, the people of Montreal love Formula 1 just as much as those who flock here to see the Canadian Grand Prix. If you choose to attend this event in 2020, you can expect to see the entire city embracing the race. Throughout the weekend, the locals enjoy hosting Formula 1 themed street parties and events.
While you are Montreal, do as the locals do and book yourself an appointment at one of their local spas after spending time on a moored boat in the Old Port. When you get hungry, you have plenty of innovative food trucks to choose from, and then you can stroll around the street art while digesting.
The 2020 Canadian Grand Prix takes place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from the 11th to the 14th of June.
7. Austin, United States
Considered one of America’s coolest cities, Austin has plenty to offer all visitors – from live music to outdoor adventures. What’s more, the center comes (even more) alive during Formula 1 weekend.
When you aren’t watching a race and enjoying all the benefits of your Austin F1 packages, indulge in what else the city has to offer. You have to eat Tex-Mex, visit a food truck park, catch a wave at the largest artificial surf park in the world, and spend some time at the massive University of Texas campus.
The 2019 United States Grand Prix takes place at Circuit of The Americas from the 31st of October to the 3rd of November.
Have you ever been to a Formula 1 event? If so, where did you go, and what was your favorite part of the experience? Any tips or insights you would like to share with someone who hasn’t been before? If you have never been, do you think 2020 is going to be the year? Let us know your thoughts and any relevant experiences in the comments below!
Oliver Kent is the Managing Director of ZK Sports & Entertainment, operating in the Middle East for over 10 years now. He is currently leading the company’s recent appointment as the Exclusive Marketing and Sales Agent for F1 Experiences in the Middle East.