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Formula for a great holiday

Formula 1 fanatics have much to look forward to. Though the season is already in high gear — it kicked off in March with the Melbourne Grand Prix and races have taken place in Malaysia, Bahrain, Spain, Monte Carlo, Turkey and Canada — but there’s plenty more action coming up in the next few months. And you can get as close to the roaring action as you like with F1 tours being a hot favourite with companies which offer sports holiday packages. “Currently, the popularity for Formula 1 in India is also soaring,” says Srinivas P, Senior VP, Special Interest Tours, Kuoni Holidays.An added incentive this year: the Force India team backed by Kingfisher is participating in the F1 Championships. So pick from a whole host of destinations if you want an eyeful of the F1 monsters.

FRANCE

Magny-Cours is in central France but it’s not very popular because it’s tough to overtake on the track and so races tend to be dull. Ticket prices range from 80 euros to 400 euros.

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Customised packages cost about Rs 75,000 to Rs 80,000 per person on double occupancy for three-nights and four-days. It includes four-star hotel accommodation with breakfast, transfers from the track and grandstand tickets. Airfares extra. F1 from June 20 till 22.

GREAT BRITAIN

In England F1 racing takes places at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. It’s easy to drive to Silverstone from London. Ticket prices range from 100 to 500 pounds.

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The British Grand Prix takes place from July 4-6. Packages are likely to cost around 700 to 2000 pounds per person on double occupancy for three- nights and four-days in a four-star hotel. That includes daily breakfast, track transfers and grandstand tickets. Excludes airfares.

GERMANY

Hockenheim has a new grandstands built with sponsorship from DaimlerBenz. Don’t forget to visit the famous Auto and Technik Museum in Sinsheim, which has more than 3,000 exhibits including F1 cars and other sports cars. Ticket prices vary from 115 to 500 euros.

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The F1 Grand Prix is on July 18 to 20. A three nights and four-days German Grand Prix is priced at 1,300 to 2,500 Euros per person on double-occupancy which includes four-star accommodation, grandstand tickets, track transfers and daily breakfast. Airfares separate.

HUNGARY

The Hungaroring track is located near Mogyorod village 19 km from Budapest. Since it’s in a natural valley surrounded by hills, spectators can view almost 80 per cent of the racetrack from any point.

Tickets for the Hungarian Grand Prix 2008 cost between 80 and 400 Euros.

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The Hungarian Grand Prix takes place on the August 1-3 weekend. A three-night and four-day package costs between 900 and 2000 euros per person on double-occupancy in a four-star hotel. Inclusive of daily breakfast, Budapest city tours, tickets and excludes airfares.

BELGIUM

The spectacular Spa-Francorchamps, one of the world’s most fascinating circuits, is the F1 track for Belgium. Sightseeing tours are also available and you can explore the historic town of Liege located about 35km from Spa Francorchamps. Ticket prices range from 75 euros to 500 euros.

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The Belgian Grand Prix is on September 5-7. A three-night and four-day customised package could cost anywhere between 900 euros and 2,500 euros per person on twin-sharing basis which excludes airfares but includes ticket prices, transfers and daily breakfast.

SINGAPORE

For the first time, the streets of Singapore will host the F1 racing. Though motor-racing is usually a day phenomenon, in Singapore it will be held at night at the Marina Bay area, enabling it to be televised to European audiences. The grandstands will be strategically located around the circuit. You can pay anywhere between $140 to $1,070 for F1 tickets.

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On from September 26-28. SOTC’s two-nights and three-days F1 package to Singapore is priced at Rs 65,000 per person on double-occupancy, inclusive of four-star accommodation, daily breakfast, ticket prices and airfares.

BRAZIL

The season ends at Interlagos, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For ardent F1 fans, Brazil is the home of F1 racing heroes like Ayrton Senna and Rubens Barrichello. You can take guided tours of Sao Paulo. Ticket prices range from $500 to $1,200.

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On from October 31 to November 2. A customised package costs Rs 40,000 to Rs60,00 per person on double-occupancy for three-nights and four-days in a four-star hotel. Airfares separate.

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