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Did you know F1 was held in these countries?

Italy, Germany, the USA, Bahrain… Everyone knows about these Formula 1 host nations, but the motorsport circus has been to a variety of countries.

We look at some F1 venues of the past you might not know about.

Sweden

Marcus Ericsson, Stefan Johansson and Ronnie Peterson aren’t the only Swedish contributions to Formula 1, as the country played host to a race as well.

The Swedish Grand Prix was held at Anderstorp Raceway, a rather interesting track that combined several banked corners with a few straights.

The last Swedish Grand Prix was held in 1978, but the circuit has also been used as a venue for the World Touring Car Championship.

Morocco

The first Grand Prix in Africa wasn’t held in South Africa, as Morocco played host to a Formula 1 race way back in 1958.

At 7.6 kilometres, the Ain-Diab Circuit is slightly longer than Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, but features numerous high-speed corners.

The Moroccan track played host to a non-championship race in 1957, with Tony Brookes winning the race. The 1958 running of the event was won by Sir Stirling Moss.

Switzerland

The European nation doesn’t play host to major motorsport events anymore, but it has hosted several Formula 1 races in the past.

The Grand Prix is one of the few to have been a part of the inaugural F1 World Championship back in 1950. Unfortunately, the Swiss government banned motor racing following the 1955 Le Mans disaster, which killed 82 people.

The Swiss Grand Prix reappeared in the 1970s though, albeit at the sweeping Dijon-Prenois circuit in France.

Netherlands

One of the more popular races on the calendar, the Dutch Grand Prix took place at the isolated Zandvoort racing circuit up until 1985.

Unfortunately, the venue is perhaps best known for the horrific deaths of F1 drivers Piers Courage and Roger Williamson.

A revised version of the circuit is still in use today, hosting DTM races, a 12-hour sportscar endurance race and an F1 day with Dutch racer Max Verstappen.

Argentina

The most recent entry on the list, the Argentine Grand Prix was first held in the 1950s, with the last race being held in 1998.

Only one Argentinian driver managed to win at the Autodromo Oscar Alfredo Galvez circuit, as Juan Manuel Fangio took the honours four times over the years.

The 1998 race was won by Michael Schumacher, making him the last ever F1 winner at the track.


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