Formula One is the place to go for racing sports. It is the highest class of single-seater auto racing, where the wealthy and highly-skilled converge to make racing history. With Lewis Hamilton hoping to upgrade his title of ‘Five-Time Formula One World Champion’ to ‘Six-Time‘, there’s every reason to get excited for this year’s Formula One; it’s anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top this year.
Here’s a look at the dates for each Grand Prix this year, including some of our favourite destinations.
The Tour Guide
The F1 tour this year kicks off in spring Down Under. Last year, the Australian Grand Prix got off to a tense start with Hamilton being superseded by the popular challenger, Sebastian Vettel. The initial race in F1 often sets the tone for the following races, so it can be one of the most exciting races to attend for new and true fans alike.
Here’s the rest of the Spring line-up:
March 15-17: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
March 29-31: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
April 12-14: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
April 26-28: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku
May 10-12: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
May 23-26: Monaco Grand Prix
June 7-9: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
If you’re new to the fast-paced world of F1, we recommend that you choose the races in locations that you will want to visit. For glitz and glamour, we recommend the Monaco Grand Prix; however, those interested in the more technical side of F1 may wish to avoid the Monaco GP, following the criticism of Hamilton and Alonso, who referred to it as ‘the most boring’ of the races, due to the limited chances for overtaking on the course.
On the other hand, many fans consider the chicane at Monaco to be one of the most dangerous sections of track in modern F1 racing.
June 21-23: French Grand Prix, Le Castellet
June 28-30: Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring
July 12-14: British Grand Prix, Silverstone
July 26-28: German Grand Prix, Hockenheimring
August 2-4: Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring
August 30- September 1: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps
September 6-8: Italian Grand Prix, Monza
September 20-22: Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay
Summer sees the Grand Prix coming to Britain, so if you suffer from travel sickness, Silverstone race course is the perfect chance for you to get involved in the Formula One fun. The official Silverstone homepage encourages F1 fans to make the most this British racecourse:
‘2019 could be the last year you will witness Formula One history being made at the Home of British Motorsport. 2018 saw one of the most dramatic races on the calendar so far, with a crash on the first lap.’ – Silverstone.
September 27-29: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi
October 11-13: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
October 25-27: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City
November 1-3: United States Grand Prix, Austin
November 15-17: Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos
November 29-December 1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina
If you were to choose any one of the Autumn races, the obvious pick would be to travel to Abu Dhabi for what we hope will be an amazing finale. On the other hand, if it seems fairly decided in the points who the winner is likely to be, then the finale might feel a little lacklustre compared to the races immediately preceding it, where all is still to play for.
Use of Nitrogen in Motorsports
In motorsports, every aspect of the car can affect the driver’s potential to win. As well as choosing aerodynamic vehicles, those competing in motorsports must think very carefully about their tyres’ inflation.
Many people wonder why race cars use nitrogen instead of air in their tyres, but the reasons are perfectly simple; nitrogen has a far more consistent expansion rate, which is important considering that both the track and tyres will vary in temperature during the race.
The science behind this fact is down to the moisture typically found in air-inflated tyres. This moisture is what leads to inconsistent pressure fluctuations in driving, which could be fatal for drivers travelling at high speeds.
Reducing these variations in tyre pressure is one way in which engineers can help the drivers to race in their best form. If you are in the motorsports industry and thinking about changing gas suppliers, we sell gas for motorsports, including nitrogen cylinders.
So there you have it – the full run-down for this year’s Formula One. Our favourite destinations are Monaco and Silverstone, but everyone has their own reasons for travelling to any of the stunning destinations mentioned in this article. Wherever you are, remember to drive carefully!