With Malaysian GP just around the corner and as the hype of the Formula 1 race heightens, one can only think of which team would win, who would crash, and who would be disqualified. The team at Menknowpause has decided to dig a little deeper into this very expensive sport, to see if there was more to it than the cars, drivers, and race.

Who would have thought that you'd ever get the world's first F1 race when one incorporates a World War II bomber base with the idea of a race track? That's exactly how the Silverstone Circuit came to exist. With its length of 3.192 miles, it is home to Formula 1's first Championship Grand Prix in 1950.

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Above L-R: Silverstone Circuit, England; Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix 2007

Post Silverstone, one of the more famous F1 circuits was the Pescara Circuit in Italy. It only hosted a single F1 race in 1957 and was permanently retired as a racing venue in 1961 because it was impossible to guarantee the safety of the drivers, and spectators. A staggering 16.032 miles of narrow, bumpy roads, we're not surprised that the organisers thought it best to cross this one off the list of F1 circuits.

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1957 Italian Grand Prix


The third circuit was Nürburgring, Germany. Built in the 1920s, it was one of the more dangerous F1 tracks. Nürburgring has more than 170 corners and the most famous bends include the Flugplatz which is known for its abundance of sharp crests causing the fast-moving, firmly sprung race cars to jump clear off the track.

A massive accident there ended Chris Irwin's career during a practice for the 1968 1000km Nürburgring endurance race. Out at the back of the circuit, Bergwerk was the most notorious corner in the circuit and scene of Niki Lauda's infamous fireball accident in 1976.

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Nürburgring, Germany

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Nürburgring, the track famous for its 172 corners

Decades and tracks later, technology has seen better and improved tracks, namely the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore making the newest addition to the list of F1 circuits, of which held its first Grand Prix in November 2008. The Singapore GP held the first night race in the history of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. The 3.148 miles circuit was dramatically lit with a spectacular array of lights on the night of the race and was one of the very highly anticipated Grands Prix event.

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Marina Bay Circuit, brightly lit for F1's first night race

April 5 2009 brings you the Formula 1 Malaysian GP at the Sepang Circuit. This 3.44 miles circuit is noted for its sweeping corners and wide straights. Its design is unusual (shaped as a hibiscus - Malaysia's national flower), with a long straight back separated from the pit, straight by just one very tight hairpin.

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Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia


The F1 craze will not be fading anytime soon and we're sure that in time to come we can look forward to seeing more tracks to further test the skills of car and driver.