Most Challenging Turns/Corners on Formula One Tracks

The list is based solely on my observation and experience (in video game)...

The Top Ten

1 Turn 8, Istanbul Circuit, Turkey Turn 8, Istanbul Circuit, Turkey

The turn here isn't a single corner but a combination of four tight right-handers on the trot, which in my opinion is the most challenging I've ever witnessed and experienced (in games), not just because of its fast directional changes and bumpiness but what makes it even more difficult is that the Drivers experience a maximum torque of an astounding 5G for more than 8 seconds and the acting centrifugal force is so strong that a lapse in concentration can only lead to a disaster but fortunately the tracks runoff areas are spacious so, recovery is possible...So, it becomes very critical for the drivers to gather a good momentum and traction before leading into this backbreaking zone... - Arhaan95

That's a very interesting and well made list. Congrats! - Metal_Treasure

Such a shame, it no longer hosts an F1 race.

I remember.when I played f1 2010. This turn was very difficult to master.very fast and easy to go into the gravel

2 Turn 10 (Singapore Sling), Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore Turn 10 (Singapore Sling), Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore

Although this section is no longer a part of the current track layout, still I included it because I felt the list would have been incomplete without pointing out it's notoriety and all the nightmarish experience it inflicted to the drivers after numerous wall-crashing... Similar to that of the final chicane of Canadian Circuit in terms of layout and tightness, but it's a notch above in terms of difficulty as it's not a regular two bend chicane but instead a horrible sharp triple-bend that too with raised kerbs where even a even a slightest contact with it can result in a great tragedy...Even driving through this section in game (Easy Mode) was unforgiving.. No wonder why it was removed... - Arhaan95

Look at that chicane, terrible

3 Turn 13 & 14, Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, Canada Turn 13 & 14, Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, Canada

The last couple of turns or Chicane has been a notorious section since the beginning and have resulted in many crashes over the years, mainly because of the poor exit of the chicane following the long straight, which increases the chances of the drivers contact/collision with the exit barrier (famously known as The Wall of Champions) thereby putting them in a vulnerable position of retirement or physical injuries. Mastering this turn requires good sense of timing and momentum else breaking bones is almost a certainty... - Arhaan95

Really hard and dangerous, and yes, "The Wall of Champions" explains itself...
Also, this circuit is located on an island so you may end up swimming in deep waters - turn 13 & 14 in particular are very close to the water. - Metal_Treasure

By far the hardest, The two ahead of this are NOTHING compared to this. - AliciaMae

4 Turn 14 (Tabac), Monaco Circuit, Monaco Turn 14 (Tabac), Monaco Circuit, Monaco

Tots agree. Its freakishly tight, and cocking it up will lead to an accident in the swimming pool section. TRUST ME!

The section following Nouvelle Chicane is the fastest section of this narrow, demanding, and suffocating Circuit, which is bounded by guard rails leaving no room for the drivers to breathe and recover from errors... Minor errors can ruin the entire race...Going into this sharp blind turn, drivers will already be accelerating at a rapid pace and it'll require a lot of practice over the weekend to safely pass this intimidating left hander, which is accomplished through smooth steering and finding the best line around corners and staying close to the apex to avoid the possibility of brushing the outside barrier, and exit with a good momentum and maximum speed.. - Arhaan95

Sergio Perez crashed here in 2011

5 Turn 13 & 14, Sepang Circuit, Malaysia Turn 13 & 14, Sepang Circuit, Malaysia

The final couple of turns of this track are quite tricky and difficult to master as you're approaching a fast blind corner and sticking to the racing line & judging the braking points precisely poses a huge challenge...The key to prevent losing control and go off course is all about timing and grip control because you are braking whilst turning and it's off camber. - Arhaan95

6 Turn 1, Shanghai Circuit, China Turn 1, Shanghai Circuit, China

The first long winding bumpy right hander seems deceptively simple, but the lack of patience and discipline have swayed the drivers wayward on numerous occasions especially during the wet conditions where controlling & balancing the car on aquaplaning surface simply aggravates the drivers' difficulties.. - Arhaan95

7 Turn 3-5 (Maggots & Becketts), Silverstone Circuit, Britain Turn 3-5 (Maggots & Becketts), Silverstone Circuit, Britain

This section has been a very physically demanding one for the drivers since day one as well as a make or break one. A combination of a fast left-right-left-right turns before forcing a double-downshift ahead of another fast right at the exit...In the spectacular second turn Becketts, drivers experience the compression forces of almost 5G...nailing these turns perfectly requires a good judgement of braking points and finding the precise line while maintaining the good car balance, in order to save some valuable fraction of a second with the added advantage of carrying a lot of momentum and pace into the following Hangar Straight..

. - Arhaan95

Remarkable section full of twist and turns. spectacular curve combinations

8 Turn 14 & 15, Catalunya Circuit, Spain Turn 14 & 15, Catalunya Circuit, Spain

The final tight Chicane right before the start/finish straight has probably annoyed the drivers more than in any track elsewhere in Formula One..This double-apex slow & slippery left-hander starts with a difficult downhill entry phase followed by a sharp left- right bend bordered by bumpy kerb, luring the drivers to hit them and lose the vehicle balance and spin uncontrollably...Drivers with Good Traction Control & Patience wouldn't break a sweat after passing this highly deceptive zone... - Arhaan95

9 Turn 10-11 (Pouhon), SPA Circuit, Belgium Turn 10-11 (Pouhon), SPA Circuit, Belgium

Pouhon is the new Eau Rouge given the current downforce levels of todays F1-cars. Eau Rouge these days is flat out, to get Pouhon right is still a balancing act. Even with touring cars this corner is a great challenge.

One of the most iconic section of this race track..Pouhon is a fast double left-hander, G-Force will be pulling the driver's neck and it's very easy to run wide if the exit of the previous turn is rough... requires a very good vision and grip control and staying as close (not touching) to the inside kerb is a must to nail this both physically and mentally demanding zone.. - Arhaan95

What about Eau Rouge? An uphill-going chicane at the start of a lap. I hate to imagine going up that devil of a corner while sandwiched between two high-speed racing beasts - Livirus

10 Turn 13 (Spoon Curve), Suzuka Circuit, Japan Turn 13 (Spoon Curve), Suzuka Circuit, Japan

This critical simplistic appearing turn preceding the legendary 130R, is a double apex long left-hander...Drivers will want to be quick on the throttle heading out of this turn to maximise their run through the following straight... But it sounds so simple, if a precise racing line is not followed and as well as failing to judge the braking point (for which there is no reference point, so pressure will mount on the driver's head) and may end up in losing all the momentum and the speed down the following straight, thereby messing up the lap times...Have to be patient while dealing with the first turn and hitting the inside apex followed by kissing the outside apex leading up to second turn... - Arhaan95

I reckon S curves could have featured in here as well, but I understand its really difficult when you have to add only 10 items.

BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top Ten Most Challenging Things About Being a Bible Quizzer Top Ten Most Mentally Challenging Sports Most Challenging High School Programs Top Ten Experimental Music Albums that are Challenging to Listen To Top 10 Best Formula One Tracks

List Stats

10 listings
1 year, 103 days old

Top Remixes

1. Turn 8, Istanbul Circuit, Turkey
2. Turn 10 (Singapore Sling), Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
3. Turn 13 & 14, Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, Canada


Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.