The Formula 1 racing season is set to commence in March with the traditional curtain-raiser being held in Bahrain.
Will Lewis Hamilton be in pole position? Will Max Verstappen be his main competition? Nothing can be certain except the venues.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the first ten destinations on the F1 calendar:
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
March 18 - 20
The Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, hosts the opening Formula One race of the 2022 calendar, which promises to be another spectacular season for race-goers. This desert track brings an expectation of close racing and plenty of overtaking throughout the floodlit 308.238 km race distance. Great locations to view the action are from the Batelco grandstand or the grandstands outside of Turns 1 and 2. The best way to enjoy this fabulous Grand Prix circuit is from the exclusive hospitality seats of the Paddock Club. Only the teams themselves get closer to the action, and with the new Oasis terrace at Turn 10 offering even more select vantage points, race fans will experience the beating heart of F1. As well as the ultimate viewing platforms, the Paddock Club delivers the very best in exceptional VIP hospitality and unique opportunities to experience Paddock Club activities.
Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, within Bahrain’s capital, Manama, just a 15-minute drive from the airport and a 30-minute drive to the F1 circuit. Set within 20 acres of lush landscaped gardens and sandy beaches, this luxurious hotel offers guests a tranquil retreat for a truly unforgettable stay. The hotel boasts 245 magnificent guest rooms, suites and villas. Entry-level rooms enjoy state of the art entertainment systems, fine linens, lavish marble bathtubs and separate rainforest showers. Fourteen restaurants and lounges offer exceptional choices such as traditional Mexican, fine Indian dining, Mediterranean tapas, and gourmet French cuisine. A sea-inspired spa offers a wide range of pampering treatments, along with members-only indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre, tennis and squash, kids clubs and an 18-hole championship golf course.
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah
March 25 – 27
Round two comes from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Saudi Arabia, dubbed the fastest F1 street circuit ever seen. This floodlit race made its debut in 2021 and astonished race-goers with the sheer speed of the racing – second only to Monza for outright pace despite having the most corners on the calendar with 27. Located beside the idyllic Red Sea backdrop of the ancient city of Jeddah, the track design provides spectacular viewing from any grandstand location. However, the grandstand platform surrounding the banked Turn 13 corner is regarded as one of the best. Select a hospitality package from the Paddock Club for close up action and the very best in hospitality and cuisine - please note that the Saudi Arabian Paddock Club is a dry event. Once the racing is over, there are World Heritage sights, superb diving opportunities and a buzzing city right on your doorstep.
For a stay to remember, the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh offers magnificent splendour in the iconic 99-storey Kingdom Tower, soaring high above the capital city. Situated close to cultural sites, shopping and business centres, the Four Seasons is ideally positioned for leisure travellers to enjoy the region's unique culture. A total of 274 guest rooms and suites occupy 18 floors of the Kingdom Tower, and all rooms come with spectacular views of the city. Expect premium comfort and luxury from this world-renowned brand. Refined cuisine comes from four restaurants and lounges with indoor and outdoor seating at the pool deck. There is a wide selection for all tastes, from grilled meats and seafood to Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. The hotel provides an outdoor pool, luxury Spa and Health Club, as well as a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and two squash courts. Riyadh is around a 1 hour, 50 minutes flight to Jeddah.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh
Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
April 08 – 10
Melbourne, Australia, hosts the third race of the F1 calendar at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit made up of existing roads around the city’s Albert Park. First established in 1996, this is one of the faster tracks of the season with a lap record that still stands from Michael Schumacher in 2004. Melbourne is a terrific city to visit at any time of the year but truly comes to life when F1 is in town. Go to the far side of the lake for general admission spots and soak up the picnic atmosphere, or find a prime viewing spot at either the Waite stand or Brabham Grandstand. Experience uncompromising hospitality with a VIP package from the Paddock Club, with high-octane views of the race, an open bar and the best in cuisine, as well as exclusive F1 experiences.
The Langham is one of Melbourne’s finest hotels and the perfect destination to relax between track sessions at Albert Park. Located on the famous Southbank Promenade amidst the city’s Arts and Leisure district with plentiful restaurants and nightlife, the Langham is only ten minutes by car from the track. The hotel comprises 388 immaculately furnished rooms, each offering spectacular views of the Yarra River and the city skyline. A diverse selection of exquisite cuisine, exhilarating cocktails, artisan wines and fine champagnes awaits at the hotel’s four restaurants and bars. Fitness and relaxation come courtesy of a 15-metre indoor pool, fully-equipped health club and Chuan Spa.
Where to stay: The Langham Melbourne
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola.
April 22 - 24
The Gran Premio Dell’Emilia Romagna is the first European Grand Prix race of the 2022 season. Taking place around 63 laps of the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, commonly known as Imola and formerly known as the San Marino GP, until 2006. This famous anti-clockwise circuit has an old-school feel and boasts iconic corners such as Acque Minerali, which is also a fantastic position to watch the racing from the stands. For a truly authentic F1 experience, get flexible access to the Paddock Club, with pit lane views, all-inclusive VIP hospitality and exclusive insider benefits. On a sombre note, in 1994, legendary driver Ayrton Senna lost his life around this famous circuit, and fans still flock on race weekend to pay their respects to one of the greatest drivers of all time.
The sumptuous Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni is the oldest and most prestigious hotel in nearby Bologna, attracting royalty, politicians and celebrities to its magnificent splendour. The 18th-century palace architecture is finished with antiques, precious art, and glorious marble flooring. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city within walking distance of Piazza Maggiore and the ancient and iconic Due Torri (Two Towers). The 106 guest rooms and suites blend antique furniture with modern amenities for a genuinely lavish stay. The hotel is famed for its I Carracci Restaurant with its spectacular 15th-century frescoes where diners can taste the traditional cuisine of the Emilia Romagna region. A health and wellness centre offers a spa with luxury treatments, a Turkish bath, sauna, relaxation area and a small gym. The Imola race circuit is approximately 40 minutes away by car.
Where to stay: Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni
Miami International Autodrome, Miami.
May 06 - 08
The Miami International Autodrome will make its F1 debut in 2022. Set in the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens, home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins franchise, the circuit promises to be a street-track spectacle with the famous Hard Rock Stadium at its epicentre. Miami is the first of two races to be held in the United States in 2022. Featuring 19 corners and an estimated top speed of 320 km/h, Miami F1 will announce itself to the racing world in spectacular fashion. The Hard Rock Stadium has the enviable position of allowing spectators to see every track corner from the top deck. For close, passing action, Turns 1, 11 and 17 are the seats to find. Enjoy the racing from the luxury and comfort of a suite or lounge with gourmet cuisine and an open bar with a hospitality package exclusive to the Paddock Club.
Stay at the Fisher Island Club and Hotel on what was once the private winter estate of the Vanderbilt family. This secluded hideaway offers 15 luxurious cottages, villas and suites built close to the original 1925 Vanderbilt Mansion. This luxury ultra-boutique haven provides extensive services and facilities, including a wide range of restaurants and bars, a private white sand beach club with butler service, a spacious full-service spa and wellness centre, world-class tennis facilities, a 9-hole Links Golf Course, and two state-of-the-art deep-water marinas. Younger family members are also well catered for, with the Cove Club providing enriching and stimulating activities for children aged between four and twelve.
Where to stay: Fisher Island Club and Hotel
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
May 20 – 22
Round six comes from the Catalan Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a track designed with high and low-speed corners, loved by drivers, and used extensively by F1 teams during winter testing. The lap record came in 2021 from the soon-to-be World Champion Max Verstappen. Almost the entire circuit is overlooked by grandstands or general admission areas, though the outside of Turn 1, Grandstand A provides the best overtaking opportunities. Exclusive Paddock Club guests can view the action from above the pits directly across from the start/finish line or from a private grandstand while enjoying the fabulous hospitality of gourmet cuisine, an open bar, all-day refreshments and champagne. The Spanish Grand Prix is a not-to-be-missed race due to Barcelona’s appeal as one of the world’s great cities.
Choose to stay at the Hotel Arts Barcelona. A landmark 44-floor beachfront resort located just a short stroll from the marina and promenade of Port Olimpic. This contemporary and elegant hotel features 28 penthouses, 58 suites, 32 club rooms and 365 spacious guest rooms. There are six bars and restaurants, including the two Michelin star Enoteca Paco Pérez restaurant serving sublime Mediterranean cuisine to an unforgettable view. As well as a large public white sandy beach right on the doorstep, the hotel offers two outdoor pools, with a separate children’s pool set amongst the lush gardens and terraces. Relax at the 42nd and 43rd-floor spa or pound the treadmill in the state-of-the-art fitness room. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is less than half an hour by car.
Where to stay: The Arts Barcelona
Circuit de Monaco
May 27 – 29
Arguably the jewel in the F1 crown, Monaco is synonymous with the glitz and glamour of high-rollers and avid race-fans alike. The Principality circuit is as unique as it is iconic, hosting its first event in 1950. Lewis Hamilton claimed the lap record in 2021 with a scorching time of 1:12.909. Tens of thousands flock to soak up the high-octane atmosphere of narrow street racing and occasional celebrity spotting. The best trackside locations are around the Swimming Pool complex and the spectacular visa of Casino Square. All-inclusive hospitality options abound at Monaco, from soaring apartment blocks, just feet from the track to Superyacht splendour. The Paddock Club situated on the famous La Rascasse corner sets new standards in elite trackside hospitality. Weekend packages include a combination of Yacht and Paddock Club hospitality along with F1 legend appearances and a Paddock Club pit lane walk.
Stay in the heart of the action, on the fabled Casino Square at the fabulous Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Renovated at the cost of €600 million and reopened in 2019, Hôtel de Paris offers guests immaculate standards of luxury and comfort. Sumptuous Guest Rooms are spacious and elegantly finished in soft colours and smooth lines. Suites offer even more luxurious space, the most exquisite being the Diamond Suite Princess Grace and the Diamond Suite Prince Rainier III, complete with a private terrace and swimming pool. Michelin three-starred cuisine comes from Alain Ducasse at his Louis XV restaurant, while the hotel also boasts the world’s most extensive hotel wine cellar with over 350,000 bottles. Relax in the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa or work out in the high-tech fitness suite facing the glistening waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Where to stay: Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Baku City Circuit
JUNE 10 -12
Round eight brings another street circuit. This time, it's the mixture of Baku's wide, open, tight, and twisty city streets. A relative newcomer to the calendar, Baku has already delivered plenty of memorable moments, not least the rivalry antics of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel behind the safety car in the inaugural 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Being the third-longest circuit of the season, Baku has an extremely long and wide main straight, providing fantastic slipstream opportunities, sometimes three abreast. The Absheron grandstand at the end of the main straight sees cars braking from around 350 km/h into a 90-degree turn, and this is one the best locations to view the racing. Alternatively, the exclusive hospitality suite from the Paddock Club puts you right above the action of the team garages. Enjoy gourmet meals, fine wines and high-end open bars as well as pit lane walks, driver appearances, F1 Paddock and Podium access.
The Four Seasons, Baku is located along the waterfront in the heart of central Baku and just a stone's throw from the 12th-century medieval walls of the UNESCO heritage Inner City. A Beaux-Arts-style hotel, the Four Seasons has 171 stylish and spacious guest rooms and 29 luxurious suites, almost all with balconies and enjoying spectacular views of the city or the Caspian Sea. Cuisine comes beneath the vaulted ceilings of Zafferano – an exquisite Italian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a whiskey and cigar club-style lounge, a tea room and in-room dining. A secluded Romanesque glass-vaulted atrium houses a beautiful heated indoor pool, while the Jaleh Spa on the 9th floor provides a wide range of relaxing luxury treatments and Turkish-style hammams. A well-appointed 24-hour fitness centre comes with certified personal trainers, a whirlpool, steam room, sauna and complimentary juice and fruit.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Baku
June 17 – 19
Set on an artificial island in the middle of St Lawrence River and following the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the Circuit Ile Notre-Dame hosted its first F1 race in 1978. As the permanent Canadian home for F1, legendary Canadian driver Gilles-Villeneuve claimed his maiden victory at the track, which would ultimately bear his name. One of the drivers’ favourite race tracks, this quick and flowing low downforce circuit brings lots of heavy braking and the so-called Wall of Champions at the end of the lap, which in 1999 collected Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher. The best action comes from one of three grandstands surrounding the famous hairpin - creating an edge-of-the-seat amphitheatre of raucous sound and overtaking battles. As ever, the Paddock Club offers unrivalled world-class hospitality from a brand-new venue above the pit lane. Apart from fabulous cuisine and an open bar, benefits include two and three-day packages, Paddock Passes and post-race podium access.
Just a 20-minute drive from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and 5 minutes from the train station, the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal is the ideal luxury base to explore this fabulous city. The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is twenty minutes by car and under an hour by train. The Four Seasons is a chic and sleekly modern black-glass tower and the vibrant new epicentre of the Golden Square Mile. The 169 high-tech guest rooms and suites offer ultra-comfortable beds, crisp linens, marble bathrooms and fabulous city views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Dining comes from visionary chef Marcus Samuelsson who takes the traditional brasserie in an exciting new direction. The Marcus Restaurant + Terrace is the city’s hottest new destination to dine, drink and connect, while the Marcus Lounge + Bar is the place to mingle in luxury over a cocktail or light bite. Facilities include a luxury spa, a skylit indoor pool with a unisex sauna, a steam room, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Montreal
July 01 – 03
Silverstone entertains the tenth round of the season at the track that hosted the first-ever Formula 1 World Championship round on May 13 1950. Silverstone remains one of the world's fastest tracks despite numerous layout changes, with historic corners like Maggotts, Becketts and Abbey providing drivers with some of the most challenging corners they will face. Becketts grandstand offers race-goers one of the finest locations to view F1 race cars in their full glory as they scream through Maggots and Becketts at break-neck speed. Stowe grandstand provides one of the best overtaking spots on the circuit. Get even closer to the action with a Paddock Club package. This high-end spectator experience offers gourmet meals, premium open bars, daily pit lane walks and F1 driver appearances. Legend Ticket Packages also include a one-day paddock pass and priority viewing of the podium ceremony.
The Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa is a beautiful county house hotel nestled in 2000 acres of Northamptonshire countryside and only 30 minutes from Silverstone by car. Surrounded by gardens and parkland landscaped in the 1760s by Capability Brown, Elizabeth I and other monarchs have enjoyed the refined hospitality this medieval mansion offers. Mixing original features with high-end luxury country living, the showpiece to this hotel is the magnificent Tudor Hall, complete with high arched beams, Tudor-style portraits and natural light flooding in from tall windows. Offering a range of accommodation styles from luxurious contemporary design to opulent period feature rooms and suites, guests will enjoy a memorable stay. Dinner guests can enjoy a mixture of modern and traditional British cuisine at The Cedar Restaurant, to classic afternoon tea in the Tudor Great Hall. Guest can take long country walks or indulge in the luxury of the new spa facility housed within the original lodge, while an indoor pool, cutting-edge gym, sauna and steam rooms satisfy all fitness and recharging needs.
Where to stay: Fawlsey Hall Hotel & Spa
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