Formula One races offer more than just a day trip out but a chance to indulge in your very own glamourous mini-break while watching one of sport’s most talked about spectacles in some of the most glamorous cities around the world.
To ensure F1 fans don’t miss a thing during the season, RAC European Breakdown Cover has compiled a Formula One guide of all the European Grand Prixs and the best routes to them from Calais, with directions provided with the our RAC Route Planner – so you can see the action live.
Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Formerly known as the Circuit de Catalunya, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has been a site for racing and testing by Formula One teams at since 1991.
If you’re intending to enjoy the Spanish Grand Prix, Elf corner is arguably the best spot for spectators to catch the overtaking action.
With the RAC Route Planner, the most direct way from Calais to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya should take 11 hours 34 mins. The main route to Catalunya takes you through Paris, Orléans and Bourges, just in case you want to stop off along the way.
Monaco Grand Prix – Monaco
A regular fixture in the Formula One calendar since 1955, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most iconic races in motor sports.
The grandstand overlooking Portier corner is an excellent spot for fans, as it’s one of the few parts of the track where overtaking is possible.
The quickest way to Monaco from Calais should take 10 hours 54 mins.
Leaving Calais the RAC Route Planner will take you through the commune Saint-Quentin in northern France, past Dijon and through the French city of Lyon in the Rhône-Alpes region.