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Thursday 28 August 2014

The world's best Formula 1 street circuits

Circuito da Boavista Grand Prix
The circuit in Porto hosted the Portuguese Grand Prix between 1958 and 1960. The course began at the harbour or the 'Esplanada do Rio de Janeiro' as it is locally known. It continued on to 'Avenida da Boavista', and then coiled through small housing estates and then back to the start-finish line. In a time that seems very distant from now, drivers would have to negotiate tramlines and cobblestone streets at high speeds
Singapore Marina Bay Grand Prix
Hosting the Grand Prix since 2008 after a thirty-four year absence, the track has become one of the most anticipated and dramatic races in the calendar, largely due to the fact that it is staged at night. It takes place under powerful street lights on the public roads of the Marina Bay area that the race is named after.
Korean Grand Prix
The street race, scheduled to hold its first Grand Prix this year on 24 October, has been dogged by talk that it will not go ahead. Rumours that the track will not be ready on time and rising political tensions in the area continue to permeate. The track is located in Yeongam and is another designed by the German designer, Hermann Tilke. Drivers will race along the harbour where spectators from the promenade, hotels and yachts can watch. Local facilities such as shops, restaurants and cafes will be used as the pit lane over Grand Prix weekend.

Formula One heads to Singapore this weekend for one of the highlights of the season, the Marina Bay Grand Prix.

The street race, taking place at night time, provides an awe inspiring backdrop to on-track events. In anticipation of the weekend's action, we take a look at the best street races in the world of motor sport

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