Interactive map: The growing F1 calendar, 1950-2011

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In six decades the world championship has almost tripled in size.

From little more half-a-dozen races in Europe the global F1 circus now visits almost every continent.

The 2011 F1 calendar will see a new record of 20 races, assuming the race in Bahrain this year goes ahead.

The charts below show how the sport has grown worldwide since 1950.

The growing F1 calendar, 1950-2011

This interactive map shows how many races were held in each country* during each year of the world championship.

Press play to see how the distribution of F1 races around the world has changed since the beginning of the championship in 1950:

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  • Click play to start the animation
  • Use the scroll bar to select a year
  • Zoom in and out and drag the map to look closer
  • Click a country to see how many races it held in that year
  • The more races a country held, the darker it appears

F1 races per continent, 1950-2011

The growth in the calendar has often been referred to as a decline in the championships traditional European races.

But as this chart shows the far more significant factor is the growth of Asia. This year there will be almost as many races there as in Europe:

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Europe 6 7 7 7 7 5 6 6 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 7 7 8 7 9 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 10 9 10 9 9 9
Asia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 5 6 7 8
North America 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0 1 1
South America 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Australasia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

F1 is set to return to the United States of America next year, increasing the number of races in North America to two. Another new race in Russia is planed for 2014.

*As principalities are not shown on this map the Monaco Grand Prix is attributed to France. Note that some Grands Prix were not held in the countries they were named after, including the 1981-2006 San Marino Grands Prix (Italy), 1982 Swiss Grand Prix (France) and 1997-8 Luxembourg Grands Prix (Germany). Map requires Adobe Flash Player.

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90 comments on Interactive map: The growing F1 calendar, 1950-2011

  1. Tango (@tango) said on 14th March 2011, 12:32

    I believe Monaco and France should be divided (samo for San Marino and Italy). Admittedly, you would have to single out England in the UK.

    • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 14th March 2011, 12:53

      Why? Monaco and San Marino are sovereign nations, England isn’t.

      • Tango (@tango) said on 14th March 2011, 13:05

        They are not sovereign as such, they are principalities.

        • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 14th March 2011, 13:15

          But they are recognised by the UN, EU and other international bodies as being separate, independent nations. England is just part of the UK (and actually, there is no political entity called “England” at all).

          • Tango (@tango) said on 14th March 2011, 13:19

            Scotland has a separate parliament, and that’s probably more liberty vis à vis England that Monaco as towards France.

            I’ll admit, Monaco (or Andorra et all.) has a weird status which is quite difficult to judge. Neither a full fledged Nation, neither a dependant region.

          • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 14th March 2011, 17:36

            Scotland is part of the UK. Monaco is not part of France. I’m running out of different ways to say this.

            Just because it is a small country, does not mean it is not a country.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2011, 12:57

      I explained in the article why they aren’t.

      • DVC (@dvc) said on 15th March 2011, 23:17

        So, it’s just a technical thing to do with the map then. Ok.

        I’m guessing the same thing apply to the European and Pacific Grand Prix, otherwise technically the whole of Europe and the Pacific should be lit up at certain times.

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th March 2011, 12:36

    Keith, did you catch the news, that the FIA now has NO racing at all going on in Africa after the Maroccan touring car race was cancelled?

  3. Carlos Santos said on 14th March 2011, 12:39

    It’s the Monaco GP I guess, altought Monaco is a country!

  4. Japanese GP will not happen this year.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2011, 12:59

      There hasn’t been an announcement on that so we’ll see.

      Obviously what’s gone on in the country is absolutely dreadful but it’s hard to predict what shape they might be in in seven months’ time.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th March 2011, 13:06

        I had not yet thought about it that way, but this might mean the Bahrain GP could actually replace Japan?

        I understood Suzuka area is not much affected by the quake and I would expect the Japanese to want to get this proud event to take place to show how they cope.

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 14th March 2011, 13:46

      the japanese are very organised and tough people. in 7 months time the country will definitely be back to normal.

      • kinz said on 14th March 2011, 14:39

        i know its no consolation but if a country was to suffer this type of disaster, of this magnitude, Japan would be the country i think that could cope with it best… best of luck to them

    • Dipak T said on 14th March 2011, 18:38

      It probably will. 7 months, plus the fact that Suzuka is the other side of Tokyo than Sendai will ensure that is stays on. Infact national pride will probably demand the Grand Prix stays, theyve recently announced that two football freindlies will not be calcelled during the next international break.

      • Gusto said on 14th March 2011, 21:55

        Sorry to be the harbinger of doom but thats if the radiation levels are within tolerence levels, American Navy ships 100 miles from Japan are retreating to safe waters, God forbid, but if this goes bad we could see a major part of North Japan uninhabitable for a thousand years.

  5. Swanky F1 said on 14th March 2011, 14:46

    BRING BACK THE U.S. RACE(S)

    WE LOVE RACING AND HAVE GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE!

  6. I love the playing animation, really highlights the trends :)

  7. Aires Manuel said on 14th March 2011, 16:25

    This map sucks …

  8. Loetkoe said on 14th March 2011, 17:46

    Only thing I could think of complaining about is that the borders of nations are the same all the time (2011) but otherwise very good. It’s even got the Kosovo borders drawn unlike for example our national broadcasting corporation…

  9. Mild7Nick said on 14th March 2011, 18:23

    Have to disagree about Magny Cours, the track has provided some good racing. Having been there a couple of times in the early 00′s i found it was a great spectator track. Good atmosphere with the mix of nationalities in the crowd coupled with some superb views and cheap ticket prices means that I for one miss it now.
    If you believe Bernie got rid of it because of its location you will believe anything! It all came down to $$$’s

  10. John H said on 14th March 2011, 21:14

    Moroccan GP in 1958 was the only race I couldn’t pick out – Stirling Moss won it! Hope we go back to Africa at some point and by that I mean not only to the places with oil.

  11. Mild7Nick said on 14th March 2011, 22:02

    2013 Libyan Grand Prix anyone!?

  12. Striay said on 14th March 2011, 22:31

    Just one more continent to conquer…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2011, 22:47

      Technically two – I didn’t include Antarctica!

      Might need special tyres for that one…

      • Burnout said on 15th March 2011, 9:39

        Wouldn’t that be cool (literally!) I suppose Ferrari would be ready for a race in Antarctica after all those demo runs at Madonna di Campiglio.

        • Tango (@tango) said on 15th March 2011, 10:01

          If Ferrari felt they would have an edge at such race and Bernie felt money was to be made, I believe no scientific or UN related lobby would be able to stop a race being held in Antartica !

  13. Harv's said on 14th March 2011, 22:45

    F1 is a world championship! if you want more races in europe, fine, but other countries have just the same right to have a GP. you might have to get up early but boo hoo! show dedication, im up at 2am every monday morning to watch the races, for the last 5 years!

    NASCAR doesnt call itself a world championship coz it doesnt compete all over the world, F1 does call itself the world championship so its esential that it copetes in all corners of the globe!

    for those who believe that f1 should be made of races predomintly from races in europe then Its like having the olypics only held in countries that are close to greece

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 15th March 2011, 11:19

      It doesn’t call itself the world championship primarily because it’s the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. It’s not like they want to but can’t. For example, the World Series of baseball?

      • Christoff said on 15th March 2011, 18:02

        The series was called The World Series dure to it being sponsored by a newspaper titled The World and not because it had an global aspirations.

  14. William Wilgus said on 15th March 2011, 3:50

    I think that it’s now (3/15 11:48 p.m. U.S. EDST) safe to assume that the likelihood of a Formula 1 race in Japan this year is between zero and none. I further think the likelihood of any racing in Japan this year is between zero and none.

  15. lennyz said on 15th March 2011, 23:06

    Prisoner Monkeys you make a good point. Few have noticed but surprisingly, all of the most interesting tracks appear in the 2011 calendar ! European tracks like Spa, Monza, Monaco, Nurburgring as well as not-European ones like Suzuka, Montréal, Melbourne or São Paulo. Well I miss a little bit Imola I must say.
    However, we have to note that this dream calendar is more or less a coincidence : Fuji Speedway was removed, Spa and Montréal are back, Melbourne may be dropped in the future but as of now it is not, and this year the German GP won’t be held at awful new Hockenheimring !
    I’m OK with F1 expanding in new countries but I’m not overconfident that Bernie will never drop the most beautiful F1 tracks in the calendar to keep expanding, just by love of the sport.

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