I’ve just been updating some of the information on visiting F1 tracks and come across some interesting images on Google Maps.
You can see the Fuji Speedway as it was before Hermann Tilke got his hands on it, the Shanghai International Circuit under construction and a race going on at Monza
At the time of writing this old photograph of the Fuji Speedway shows it in its previous incarnation, with the long, fast curve leading onto the distinctive start/finish straight.
Shanghai International Circuit
The Shanghai circuit appears to have been under construction when this picture was taken. You can make out what appears to be the foundation of the large columns that dominate the pits area. (Zoom in on the arrow to see it better)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
There was a race or test session going on when the picture of Monza was taken. From the shape of the cars it looks like sports cars or touring cars. From the colours of the trailers it doesn’t seem to have been F1. You can even see spectators in the stadia. (Zoom in on the arrow to see it better)
If you’ve been to a Grand Prix this year please do leave some information about it in the going to a race guide. You can also see aerial maps of the other F1 circuits there.