SPANISH GRAND PRIX
BARCELONA-CATALUNYA CIRCUIT - BARCELONA
FP1: 13:30 - 14:30 / FP2: 17:00 - 18:00
FP3: 13:30 - 14:30 / QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00
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FP1: 13:30 - 14:30 /
FP2: 17:00 - 18:00
FP3: 13:30 - 14:30 /
QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00
Spanish GP: all you need to know
In recent times, the common denominator for the Spanish Grand Prix has been its venue, the Montmelo track.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has hosted the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix since 1991.
The facility can be found just over 20 kilometres to the north of Barcelona and the track itself is 4.66 kilometres in length. There have been 52 Spanish GPs to date, going back to 1951 and five venues have hosted it: Pedralbes, Montjuic, Jarama, Jerez and the current Barcelona track.
The Classic Spanish Grand Prix
These days, the Spanish event is one of the classics on the F1 calendar and the track is a favourite with so many drivers who know every last detail of its 16 corners so well.
It features a mix of slow and quick corners, chicanes and long straights, which explains why the Barcelona track is the perfect track to highlight a car’s strengths and weaknesses. That goes some way to explaining why it is the most used track for Formula 1 testing for real and on the simulator.
All the Formula 1 teams therefore feel at home in Barcelona, with all pre-season testing have usually been held here, with the exception of 2021.
CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA
The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit was built at the time of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. The track was inaugurated with a Spanish Touring Car race and then, two weeks later came the Formula 1 Grand Prix. The winner of this first world championship race at the track near Montmelo was Nigel Mansell in a Williams, following an epic battle with Ayrton Senna.
A little bit of everything
The track features 16 corners, with a wide variety of characteristics, including high, medium and low speed turns. It’s an ideal track to probe a car’s abilities and so it is said that a car that goes well in Barcelona, goes well everywhere.
Hard to overtake
The track layout means overtaking is no easy task and the best opportunity comes at Turn 1, at the end of the long start-finish straight.