5 anti-clockwise circuits in F1 this year
Track statistics and trivia from the challenging anti-clockwise circuits that test the drivers' fitness, skill and adaptability.
The number of anti-clockwise tracks in Formula 1 has risen over the years with the addition of tracks. An anti-clockwise circuit contains more left-hand turns than right-hand ones, placing greater physical demands on the drivers whose bodies, particularly their necks, are more adapted to the lateral g-forces of clockwise circuits.
Most of the major European tracks are clockwise: Monza, Spa, Silverstone, Donington, Zandvoort, Nurburgring, etc. Imola (Italy), Istanbul Park (Turkey), Kyalami Circuit (South Africa) and Yeongam Circuit (South Korea) previously featured in the F1 calendar ran anti-clockwise too.
Suzuka (Japan) is one of few circuits in the world to have a figure-of-eight layout, meaning the circuit runs both clockwise and anti-clockwise. Hence, technically, it is not classified as anti-clockwise. The track does not actually intersect with itself, instead the back straight passes over the front section by means of an overpass.
Let's look at the 5 anti-clockwise tracks that are hosting races in 2018.
#5 Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan
Length 6.003 km | Turns 20
Lap Record 1:43.441 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 2017
Memorable Race: 2017, won by Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-TAG Heuer)
Trivia: The second-longest circuit on the Formula One calendar behind Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. It is also a street circuit with very long straights, which enables a lot of overtaking opportunities unlike the tracks of Monaco and Singapore.