Gallery: The latest tracks to join the F1 calendar

The Formula 1 calendar expanded rapidly under the stewardship of former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, with 14 race tracks joining or returning to the calendar (after significant overhauls) since 1999. We list them all.

Gallery: The latest tracks to join the F1 calendar

1999: Sepang International Circuit

1999: Sepang International Circuit
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Debuted in 1999, Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit was the first of new breed of F1 tracks designed by Hermann Tilke.

It features long straights, several slow and mid-speed corners and huge run off areas .

The Sepang Circuit will host its last F1 race this year after the Malaysian government decided to end the contract one year early.

2004: Bahrain International Circuit

2004: Bahrain International Circuit
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Bahrain held its first grand prix in 2004 and it has been an ever present fixture on the F1 calendar ever since.

The Sakhir circuit hosted the season opener in 2006 and 2010, while floodlights were added in 2014 to turn it into a night race.

2004: Shanghai International Circuit

2004: Shanghai International Circuit
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The majestic Shanghai International Circuit also joined the F1 calendar in 2004. The track's media centre is housed above the start/finish straight, while the paddock buildings are built over what was a swamp.

2005: Istanbul Park Circuit

2005: Istanbul Park Circuit
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Turkey was the next country to host an F1 race in 2005 at a track that was well-received by the drivers.

However, the circuit could never pull big enough crowds and it was dropped from the calendar after 2011.

2008: Valencia Street Circuit

2008: Valencia Street Circuit
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A second grand prix in Spain was added in 2008, coinciding with the recent success of local star Fernando Alonso.

However, the street circuit didn't receive much admiration from the drivers and was dropped from the calendar in 2012.

2008: Marina Bay Circuit

2008: Marina Bay Circuit
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Singapore had the honour of hosting F1's first night race in 2008.

The race, which takes place in the Marina Bay area, is one of the highlights of the year and has turned into an important hub for sport's business deals.

2009: Yas Marina Circuit

2009: Yas Marina Circuit
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The picturesque Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi is a purpose-built track and has hosted several season finales since it entered the F1 map in 2009.

Drivers pass under the Yas Marina Hotel, giving this circuit a unique look.

2010: Korean International Circuit

2010: Korean International Circuit
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South Korea briefly hosted four grands prix between 2010 and 2013 and with little success.

The largely-forgotten Korea International Circuit was located in a fairly isolated region and the planned buildings and entertainment facilities were never built around the track.

2011: Buddh International Circuit

2011: Buddh International Circuit
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India successfully hosted three Formula 1 races between 2011-13 at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi.

The Hermann Tilke-built design was praised by the drivers and it was hailed as one of the best new tracks on the calendar.

However, financial and bureaucratic issues forced the country out of the F1 map after 2013.

2012: Circuit of The Americas

2012: Circuit of The Americas
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USA returned to the F1 calendar in 2012 at the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

It features a Suzuka-like Esses section and has a massive 71m observatory tower as a landmark for the venue.

The COTA is arguably the best track designed by Tilke while the race itself has proved extremely successful for F1 to establish itself in the US.

2014: Red Bull Ring

2014: Red Bull Ring
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Austria made a return to the F1 calendar in 2014 at the renovated and rebranded Red Bull Ring.

The circuit in the same configuration - when it was known as the A1 Ring - previously hosted grands prix between 1997 - 2013.

2014: Sochi Autodrom

2014: Sochi Autodrom
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The Sochi Autodrom has been built around the Winter Olympics stadiums in Russia. It hosted its first grand prix in 2014 in front of country's President Vladimir Putin.

2015: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

2015: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
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Like the Red Bull Ring, Mexico's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has returned on the calendar in recent years, albeit with several modifications to the track.

The race's return has gone down well in Mexico, as attested by the ticket sales.

2016: Baku City Circuit

2016: Baku City Circuit
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Azerbaijan is the latest country to be added to the F1 calendar. The race takes drivers through both the old and new sections of the city, including a narrow lane alongside a castle.

While the country's first race turned out to be a dud, the second one was an absolute thriller.

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