The Canadian Grand Prix is the country's biggest sport event and one of the best F1 rounds to attend. It takes place on the 10-11-12 June 2016 in Montréal, a city where North America takes on European charms. As well as being Canada's cultural hub, the city enjoys a brilliant party atmosphere during the weekend, which is reminiscent to that of Melbourne, Singapore or even Austin. And although it might be the second biggest French speaking city in the world, Montréal is a bilingual place where English is widely spoken.
Attendance is traditionally high and most grandstands will be quite full, if not sold out. There is plenty to do and see back in the city centre once the on-track activities have finished for the day. Rue Sainte-Catherine and Rue Crescent are great spots for bars and partying day and night. Little Italy is more focussed on food and restaurants.
View from Grandstand 11 - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
The race at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is generally action packed. Over the past few years, we've witnessed Daniel Ricciardo's maiden win, Jenson Button's success from the back in 2011 and a pitlane pile up that allowed Robert Kubica to win for BMW-Sauber in 2008. Support series this year include rounds 3&4 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, two Ferrari Challenge and a Formula Tour 1600 races.
The Chinese Grand Prix is one of the best value for the money grands prix on the calendar. The Shanghai International Circuit is easy to get to, has outstanding facilities and the main grandstand boasts an amazing view of nearly the entire track.
The 2016 edition runs from the 15 to the 17 April and it will be interesting to see if the recent decline in spectator numbers has been averted by the reduction in price of all ticket categories. The support races will once again be provided by the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, hosting its rounds 1 and 2 during the race weekend.
Grandstand A - Photo: Sauber Motorsport AG
Shanghai is one of China's most accessible city for westerners. It is a modern metropolis offering some fascinating sightseeing opportunities, good bars and restaurants.