Long Haul Grands Prix 2017
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Bahrain Grand Prix - April 15-16, 2017
The Kingdom of Bahrain is an island group located off the central southern shores of the Arabian Gulf between Saudi Arabia's east coast and the Qatar peninsula. In 2004 it became the first Middle Eastern country to host a Formula One Grand Prix, and as expected, no expense was spared; the facilities are unrivalled at this purpose built motor racing track.
However in our opinion nothing can rival the glitz, glamour and excitement of Dubai which is just 250 miles from Bahrain and reached by air in just 1 hour and is our proposed base for your F1 weekend. Dubai is commonly referred to as a visitor's haven with some of the world's best beaches, most beautiful hotels, and most importantly, endless things to do. From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, the tourist can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe- inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra- modern shopping malls. Why visit ?
Chinese Grand Prix - April 8-9, 2017
Shanghai is China 's largest city and is well known as the " Paris of the East". A perfect example of the meeting of two worlds, where hyper modern blends with tradition. Stand on the famous 'Bund' gazing across the Yangtze and you can't fail to be impressed by huge Manhattan like glass-coated skyscrapers, that sit comfortably amongst the Starbucks and Haagen Dazs parlours, providing an almost sci-fi like back drop. Behind you the old shanty towns, bustling markets and traditional tea houses nestle amongst the shopping arcades and modern hotels.
Just 20 miles out of the city the Shanghai Grand Prix circuit is one of the most modern state of the art tracks on the F1 Calendar, purposely designed to provide the drivers with that crucial ingredient - overtaking opportunities. Why visit?
Canadian Grand Prix - June 10-11, 2017
Montreal is unique with its wonderful blend of North American dynamism and European atmosphere offering its guest an endless list of sights and attractions. The old quarter in particular is a must see for visitors, with great entertainment, wonderful restaurants and tremendous shopping. It's easy to combine racing with shopping and sightseeing, with such a great destination on your doorstep.
The Canadian GP is also very popular with the teams, as they enjoy the fantastic hospitality on offer in Montreal. Besides the joys of the town, the circuit and facilities offer their own challenges, whilst the crowd is generally appreciative of the teams and their efforts. The Gilles Villeneuve Circuit is located on Ile Notre Dame in the centre of the St. Lawrence River, not far from the busy streets of Montreal. The layout is considered to be one that is tough on brakes, featuring long straights capped on each end by a hairpin turn. The circuit has many runoff areas that are extremely narrow, a point of concern for the drivers and with the circuit having little use it tends to start very green, which makes tyre selection a little tricky. Always an incident packed race! Why Visit ?
Singapore Grand Prix - September 16-17, 2017
What a venue! What entertainment! F1 in the very heart of downtown Singapore. The event has already confirmed its place in the history books as the first F1 race to be held at night. Nearly 1,500 lighting projectors are used to illuminate the entire track of the night race keeping the track almost four times brighter than a typical stadium - all to the satisfaction of every F1 driver.
The 5.067km track is a slow, high downforce track featuring tight corners and a bumpy surface, which includes manhole covers and all the other wonders of racing on public roads. Both cooling system and brakes of each car will be heavily tested, as will the driver's ability to race at night.
Located at Marina Bay, the circuit is just minutes from exclusive 5-star hotels, a vibrant food and entertainment scene, a fast and efficient underground transit system and the Central Business District.
A visit to Singapore is not only about a fabulous F1 experience - it is also a visit to fulfil the senses and invigorate the soul - possibly akin to an Asian New York! The sun may dim but the fun doesn't! As night falls, life begins in many quarters of Singapore. Whether you're a party animal, a 24-hour foodie or just a night owl craving adventure around the clock, there are many sizzling surprises to keep your senses satiated till the small hours of the morning. In fact, Singapore has the added advantage of being one of the safest countries in the world for you to hit the streets at night.
You don't have to be a hard-partying hedonist to appreciate the colourful and exciting nightlife in Singapore. Sleep will never be further from your mind as you check out the ultra-chic bars, classy jazz lounges, or move to the groove at hip dance clubs. In line with efforts to improve the nightlife experience for all, there are smoking restrictions on entertainment outlets. Smoking is no longer allowed in all pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots, unless within approved smoking rooms or smoking corners.
Even shoppers have no respite! Singapore is one of the few countries where late night shopping is not an exception. And if you're bitten by the shopping bug in the wee hours of the morning, there's always Mustafa Centre – Singapore's only 24-hour shopping mall. Why visit?
Malaysian Grand Prix - October 1, 2017
For most visitors, Kuala Lumpur is the gateway to Malaysia and what they get is a unique experience - a booming fast- paced Southeast Asian city, bearing all the signs of intense development and promise of growth. Kuala Lumpur, is a prosperous, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant and friendly multi- racial populace. The magnificent Petronas Towers, one of the world's tallest structure, stands alongside modern skyscrapers, Indian and Chinese temples, colonial buildings and mosques in a unique blend of cultures and a kaleidoscope of traditions.
Formula One has rapidly established itself in South East Asia and the Sepang circuit, an hour's drive from KL, has set a standard by which all new venues are measured. Wonderful hotels, exceptional value for money and guaranteed sunshine - what more could you ask for? The ultra modern Sepang International Racing Circuit is situated less than 1 hours drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur and is one of the finest venues on the Formula One calendar. The circuit has fabulous modern facilities, including a tempting shopping area and an interesting motor museum. Enjoyed by spectators and drivers alike, Sepang is spectator- friendly and very challenging accommodating a total of 130,000 spectators, with 30,000 in the unique double- frontage Mall Grandstand. Built in a stadium- type location, with the track recessed in a valley enables you to see 50% of the circuit from many of the grandstands. Why visit?
United States GP - October 21-22, 2017
An all American spectacle, the USA F1 Grand Prix is an exciting show both on and off track. Austin, Texas has earned a reputation as one of the 'it' cities in the United States helped by its perfect year round temperature and being renowned as one of the most beautiful and entertaining cities in the States. Downtown on Sixth Street is the place to be - amongst the entertainment & nightlife. It is relatively easy to fly into Austin with many of the major carriers via the US’s major hub airports and some direct flights from London Heathrow.
Its all about being ‘Downtown’ and the place we recommend is the renowned Sixth
Street – the hub of the city’s entertainment and nightlife. For viewing, we recommend covered weekend grandstand seats overlooking the start line
with fabulous views over grid so you will see all of the build up, pit lane
action and of course the main straight. There are a number of big screens to
ensure you miss non of the action on other sectors of the track. This
grandstand is covered and gives exclusive access to its own catering and
Away from the circuit, as you would expect with Texas, there’s a whole lot do outside of the GP. Austin
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - November 25-26, 2017
As motor sport is a huge part of the sporting culture of the Middle East, Abu Dhabi is delighted to have secured the right and privilege to host a Formula One Grand Prix on behalf of all of the United Arab Emirates. The Grand Prix franchise has been awarded to Abu Dhabi for a renewable seven year term; the demand for Abu Dhabi from with the region has been phenomenal.
The circuit is built on “Yas Island”, a natural 2,550 hectare island located to the east of Abu Dhabi island. The state of the art facilities provides close, competitive racing played out on twenty corners that twist through the natural island, passing the marina and winding its way through sand dunes, with several long straights and tight corners.
Whilst we can offer hotels in both Abu Dhabi or Dubai however our recommended base for the weekend is a superb 5 Star beach resort hotel just 45 minutes transfer to Yas Island. This idyllic location will be free from the likely traffic congestion and will provide a range of activities and leisure pursuits to enhance your stay – this includes a Championship golf course, horse riding along the white sandy beach, 4x4 dune bashing. The hotel even has its own sea plane! Then there's the added bonus of being only 15 minutes from one of the area's largest shopping malls. The resort is equal distance from 2 international airports, Abu Dhabi and Dubai International. Why visit ?