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Race distance

Race winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03 takes the chequered flag at the end of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 15 April 2012 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 takes the chequered flag.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday, 28 October 2012

Formula One races are, with one exception, all of near identical distance. However, the differing average speeds of the various circuits mean that some races invariably take longer to complete than others.

The regulations state that the distance of a Formula One race is the least number of laps exceeding 305 kilometres. For example, the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya is 66 laps long as this is the number of laps required to surpass the 305-kilometre threshold.

The only exception to this rule is the Monaco Grand Prix, where the race distance is the least number of laps exceeding 260 kilometres.

However, if any race exceeds two hours in duration, the leading driver will be shown the chequered flag at the end of the lap during which the two-hour mark elapsed, regardless of the number of laps completed.