The first F1 race of 2021 is just around the corner, and we can’t wait for the new season to start. Last year’s adapted race calendar brought plenty of joy to us motorheads during the pandemic, and this year looks to be even more exciting with new liveries, new drivers and new teams.
Here at Scrap Car Comparison, as we wait for the F1 season to start, and in-between helping you scrap your cars of course, we thought we’d undertake a study of our favourite race tracks, looking at Instagram data to see which ones had been photographed and shared the most by the fans.
We’ve analysed all of the F1 race tracks to find the top 20, and then ranked the top 20 NASCAR tracks as well, before looking at the top 10 race tracks for the UK in general, and then the top 10 USA drag race strips because, frankly, it is a lot of fun looking at cool race tracks on Instagram.
The Most Instagrammed F1 Tracks
|Rank||Track Name||Location||Hashtag||No. of Hashtags|
|3||Brands Hatch||West Kingsdown, UK||#brandshatch||212,055|
|4||Suzuka Circuit||Suzuka, Japan||#suzukacircuit||205,556|
|6||Fuji Speedway||Oyama, Japan||#fuji|
|7||Red Bull Ring||Spielberg bei Knittlefeld, Austria||#redbullring||125,469|
|9||Yas Marina Circuit||Abu Dhabi, UAE||#yasmarina|
|10||Circuit of the Americas||Austin, USA||#circuitof|
|11||Mugello Circuit||Scarperia e Sen Piero, Italy||#mugello|
|12||Sochi Autodrom||Sochi, Russia||#sochiautodrom||86,442|
|13||Donington Park||Castle Donington, United Kingdom||#doningtonpark||75,352|
|14||Sepang International Circuit||Sepang, Malaysia||#sepanginternationalcircuit||66,331|
|15||Circuit Paul Ricard||Le Castellet, France||#circuitpaulricard||55,137|
|16||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Speedway, United States||#indianpoloismotorspeedway||53,932|
|17||Bahrain International Circuit||Sakhir, Bahrain||#bahraininternationalcicuit||52,479|
|18||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||Mexico City, Mexico||#autodromohermanosrodriguez||47,370|
|19||Silverstone Circuit||Silverstone, United Kingdom||#silverstonecircuit||41,576|
|20||Instabul Park||Istanbul, Turkey||#istanbulpark||41,404|
With over 850K hashtag mentions the Nürburgring in Germany takes the top spot by a mile. There were over 636,000 mentions of the hashtag #silverstone but the data is contaminated due to a very popular influencer also using the #silverstone hashtag as well, so we used the hashtag #silverstonecircuit in the data which came in at 19th. As such, second spot goes to the Belgian track Circuit de Spa Francorchamps with over 225K mentions of #spafranorchamps. Brands Hatch was the most popular UK race track on Instagram, and came third overall.
Countries with the most popular F1 tracks
The UK, Japan, USA, Italy and Spain are the countries with the highest concentration of tracks (three each) that clock up over 10,000 mentions on Instagram.
- UK: Brands Hatch (#212,055), Donington (#75,352) and Silverstone (#41,576)
- Japan: Suzuka (#205,556), Fuji Speedway in Oyama (#166,355) and Okayama International Circuit in Mimasaka (#20,542)
- USA: Circuit of the Americas (#99,354), Indianapolis Speedway (#53,932) and Sebring (#14,441)
- Italy: Mugello (#91,599), Monza (#31,866) and Imola (#14,015)
- Spain: Circuito de Jerez (#29,215), Circuito del Jarama (#22,770) and Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (#10,641)
- Germany: Although only two circuits, both feature in the top 5! Nürburgring (#850,152) and Hockenheimring (#188,716)
The Most Instagrammed NASCAR Tracks
|Rank||Track Name(s)||Location||Hashtag(s) Counted||Total Hashtags|
|1||Circuit of the Americas/COTA||Texas||#circuitoftheamericas||99,354|
|2||Daytona International Speedway/World Center of Racing||Florida||#daytonainternationalspeedway #worldcenterofracing||87,695|
|5||Atlanta Motor Speedway/|
|6||Auto Club Speedway|
|7||Texas Motor Speedway/ The Great American Speedway||Texas||#texasmotorspeedway #thegreatamericanspeedway||63,565|
|8||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course)/ The Brickyard||Indiana||#indianapolismotorspeedway |
|9||Las Vegas Motor Speedway/ The Diamond in the Desert||Nevada||#lasvegasmotorspeedway||54,910|
|10||Charlotte Motor Speedway/America’s Home for Racing||North Carolina||#charlottemotorspeedway |
|11||Pocono Raceway/ The Tricky Triangle/ What Turn 4?||Pennsylvania||#poconoraceway |
|12||Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/ Mosport||Ontario, Canada||#canadiantiremotorsportpark |
|13||Dover International Speedway/ Monster Mile||Delaware||#doverinternationalspeedway #monstermile||26,924|
|14||Bristol Motor Speedway/ The Last Great Colosseum/ Thunder Valley||Tennessee||#bristolmotorspeedway |
|17||Watkins Glen International/ The Glen||New York||#watkinsgleninternational|
|18||Talladega Superspeedway/ Dega||Alabama||#talladegasuperspeedway||14,233|
|19||Martinsville Speedway/ The Paperclip||Virginia||#martinsvillespeedway #thepaperclip||12,971|
|20||Darlington Raceway/ The Track Too Tough To Tame/ The Lady In Black||South Carolina||#darlingtonraceway |
Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, Florida’s Daytona International Speedway and Sonoma Raceway in California take the podium places for most Instagrammed NASCAR tracks. Texas has a second hit inside the top ten with the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth clocking up over 63.5K hashtags, making it the 7th most Instagrammed NASCAR track. With room for over a quarter of a million spectators, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (AKA The Brickyard) has the biggest seating capacity of any racetrack in the world and comes 8th in the list with just over 63K combined mentions of #indianapolismotorspeedway and #thebrickyard. USA Today voted Watkins Glen International the best NASCAR track for 2020, but the New York circuit only makes it into number 17 for most popular track on Instagram.
The Most Instagrammed UK Race Tracks
|1||Brands Hatch||West Kingsdown||#brandshatch||212,055|
|3||Donington Park||Castle Donington||#doningtonpark||75,352|
|6||Santa Pod Raceway||Wellingborough, Northamptonsire||#santapod|
|8||Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit||West Sussex||#goodwood|
|9||Lydden Hill||Canterbury, Kent|
|10||Castle Combe Circuit||Castle Combe, Wiltshire||#castlecombe|
Brands Hatch, which last hosted an F1 race in 1986, comes out way in the lead as the UK’s most Instagrammed race track, but again, the data is a little unreliable due to the #Silverstone hashtag being used for two different things (the race track and the influencer). Oulton Park in Cheshire takes the next top spot though with over 87K Instagram hashtags. As well as being popular on the ‘gram, both Brands Hatch and Oulton were highlighted as being Britain’s best tracks to compete on by racing drivers too (according to this Redbull interview).
The Most Instagrammed USA Drag Strips
|Rank||Drag Strip Name||Location||Hashtag||Total Hashtags|
at Charlotte Motor Speedway
|3||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||Nevada||#lasvegasmotor|
|4||Bradenton Motorsport Park||Florida||#bradenton|
|5||Maryland International Raceway||Maryland||#maryland|
|7||New England Dragway||New Hampshire||#newengland|
|9||Portland International Raceway||Oregon||#portland|
|10||Atco Dragway||New Jersey||#atco|
Sonoma, thanks to its NASCAR creds, take top spot as the most Instagrammed drag strip in the USA followed by Charlotte Motor Speedway in Carolina and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After the big three, the number of hashtags dips quite dramatically, from over 50,000 to under 15,000 mentions for Atco Dragway, Pacific Raceways and Bandimere Speedway.
The circuit names of all F1 circuits (according to this Wikipedia source), these NASCAR National Series tracks, these USA Drag Strips and these UK race tracks, as well as popular variations of those track names, were entered as hashtags into Instagram search to reveal how many images have mentioned that hashtag.
The following circuit hashtags were discounted from the data:
- #silverstone: Due to the #silverstone hashtag also being used to tag images of viral Instagrammer @_____silverstone_____.
- #watkinsglen: Images tagged with watkinsglen showed photos of the national park and so #watkinsglencircuit was used in the final comparison.
- #COTA: This hashtag was not included in the count for The Circuit of Americas track as it is also used for images showing results of Cota shampoo and hair care.
- #Dega: This hashtag is used for other posts unrelated to racing
- #Goodwood: Includes posts about horseracing and festivals as well as motor racing
All data correct as of 02/02/2021.