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Even if you're not in town in November for the Formula One Grand Prix, it's possible to experience the track year-round. Fancy yourself Lewis Hamilton as you drive the concourse at the wheel of – or as a passenger in – a Ferrari 458 GT (among several others) or go from 0km/h to 100km/h in two seconds in a dragster.

Tamer types can take a leisurely behind-the-scenes tour with stops in the grandstand, the race-control centre and the media centre. Fitness buffs can also access the track three nights a week for free when it opens to runners, walkers and cyclists.