Guide to the Circuit de Catalunya

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The Circuit de Catalunya was built in 1991 and its construction coincided with the Barcelona Olympics. The circuit actually was used as the start and finish line for the road cycling event.

Spanish GP aerial

The Catalunya track is a favourite among fans, as the designer of the track took into account that spectators desire to see action as well as the parade. Because of this, the long straight in front of the grandstand leads into a sharp right turn that requires heavy braking. This is perfect for overtaking and has a large gravel trap to catch those that can’t quite make it; one driver is bound to end up there in every Grand Prix race! Although the track has undergone several modifications over the years, primarily for driver safety, it is still considered to be quick and a great track for spectators to enjoy the race.

The Grand Prix race is 66 laps long, with a total race distance of 307.1 kms (190.8 mi). The fastest lap record is held by Kimi Raikkonen, with a time of 1:21.670, posted in 2008.

The circuit has 11 turns and two tricky turns: the Campsa and the last chicane. At the Campsa turn, which is a right-hand turn, drivers have to go over a hilltop, which means that their sight is obscured. The last chicane, just before the goal, is extremely sharp, forcing drivers to significantly decelerate until they get to the final straight.

There are 14 grandstands in total, with a capacity of 67,730 spectators. Fans should note that most of the grandstands are uncovered and thus should be prepared for sun and heat – only three grandstands are covered: M, main and I. There are plenty of concessions around the track. There are also special hospitality Grand Prix tickets, which include food and drinks. There are facilities for disabled spectators, located in the grandstand G and Main grandstand.

Besides the F1 Grand Prix, the Circuit de Catalunya hosts GP2, Spanish GT and DTM races.

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