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

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

    This map sucks …

  3. 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…

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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

    2013 Libyan Grand Prix anyone!?

  7. 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 !

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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