According to our Intelligence Engine the top three circuits overall are Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Silverstone (UK) and the Nürburgring (Germany).
The first two in our rankings are both historic tracks and have hosted over 100 Formula 1 races between them, so perhaps it is no surprise that these mainstays of the calendar score well across most categories. They rank particularly highly on our “Showcasing cars and drivers” metric. Notably, these tracks boast some of the fastest corners on the calendar and rank among the top five in terms of average speed. Spa, in particular, scored highest overall for the variety of challenges it presents to drivers, with Eau Rouge being one of the most iconic sections of track in motorsport.
The Nürburgring (Germany) completes our top three but despite having a long history with the sport, it last hosted a Formula 1 race in 2020. It is our highest rated circuit to not feature on the current calendar.
Interestingly, possibly the most iconic track in Formula 1 is missing from the top three: Monaco. Monaco has one of the highest brand values in our scoring but it falls down on our sporting measures. It is a notoriously challenging track and the tight streets of Monte Carlo combined with the increased size of Formula 1 cars have made overtaking very difficult. It is therefore our lowest-rated circuit for exciting racing.
The track does have the capacity to deliver unlikely outcomes however, thanks to its high penalty for mistakes: once you’ve made an error, you’re unlikely to be able to regain your position or may even be out of the race entirely. In general, tracks with a higher dropout rate tend to be more likely to throw up unexpected results. A circuit’s propensity for overtakes on the other hand is far less correlated with getting unlikely race winners or podium finishers.