Find out how many laps each Formula 1 Grand Prix consists of, plus track length and race distances for each Formula 1 track.
Every Formula One race is unique. Race tracks have characters galore, whether they are legendary tracks or temporary road courses.
Unlike some other racing series, Formula 1 races are run to a set distance, not a time or a set number of laps. This number of laps changes depending on the length of the track to ensure that each race is roughly the same length.
For this reason, you can tune into a race on TV with 78 laps and then another with 40 laps the next week.
This also affects the fans in the stands at a race. You’ll want to know exactly how many laps the cars will make on the track and how many times they’ll pass your view.
Our handy guide lists the number of laps of Formula 1 races for the 2021 season and answers any questions you might have about the length of F1 races.
Formula 1: track lengths, race distances and a number of laps.
What are the rules for race distances?
The minimum length of a Formula 1 race is 305 km or 190 miles. A race must complete at least as many laps as it takes to reach that distance.
However, there is one exception. The Monaco Grand Prix is run over a distance of 260 km or 160 miles. Why the exception? A lap of Monaco is short but slow. Max Verstappen’s average speed when he won the 2021 race was 157 km/h, compared to 288 km/h when he won in Styria. So the exception is made to run it for a shorter distance.
How long does a Formula 1 race last?
Typically, a Formula 1 race lasts between 80 and 100 minutes from start to finish. This can be longer if there are many safety car phases where the cars slow down or red flags that interrupt the race. In the case of a red flag, the race is expected to last over 2 hours.
What are the most laps in a single F1 race?
Formula 1 drivers used to do 200 laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That was in the ’50s and ’60s when the Indy 500 was part of the championship.
How many laps are there in each Formula One race?
The following list of races lists the different Formula One races, the length of the track, the race distance and the number of laps in each Grand Prix.
Race Circuit Circuit length Race distance Laps
Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix circuit 5.303km 307.574 km 58
Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit 5,412km 308,238km 57
Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit 5.451km 305,066km 56
Grand Prix of Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit 6.003km 306,049km 51
Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 4.655km 307,104km 66
Grand Prix of Monaco Circuit de Monaco 3.337km 260,286km 78
Grand Prix of Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 4.361km 305,270km 70
French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard 5.842km 309,690km 53
Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring 4.318km 306.452km 71
Great Britain Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit 5,891km 306,198km 52
Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary 4.381km 306,630km 70
Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 7.004km 308.052km 44
Grand Prix of the Netherlands Zandvoort 4,259 km 306,648 km 72
Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale di Monza 5.793km 306.720km 53
Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit 5.063km 308,706km 61
Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrom 5.848km 309.745km 53
Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka 5,807km 307,471km 53
Grand Prix of Mexico Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez 4,304km 305,354km 71
United States Grand Prix Circuit of America 5,513km 308,405km 56
Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace 4.309km 305,879km 71
Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit 6.175km 308,750km 50
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit 5,554km 305,355km 55
Grand Prix of Miami Hard Rock Stadium Circuit 5,41 km 308,37km 57