CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA – Barcelona, Spain
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Number of laps
305, 256 km
1:15,641 (Giancarlo Fisichella, 2005)
>>> CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CIRCUIT
The Spanish GP has been held on the circuit in Montmeló, not far from Barcelona, since 1991. This track is known best by all drivers because this is where test drives take place. Hence, all cars are perfectly tuned here from the beginning of training. The track is hard to overtake on, and strong wind from the sea complicates driving.
>>> MATTERS OF INTEREST
> Until 2005, the future world champion always won in Barcelona, a tradition that was finally broken by Kimi Räikkönen.
> The track was resurfaced in 2005.
> Spain has had nine Formula 1 drivers, but only Alonso has won. When Fernando Alonso was 19 years, seven months and four days old, he became the third youngest driver to race in a F1 Grand Prix (Australia, 2001). When he was 22 years and 27 days old, he became the youngest racer to win a Grand Prix (Hungary, 2003).
> The third McLaren driver, Pedro de la Rosa, has just a hop, skip and a jump to work: he lives just 10 kilometers from the track.
>>> THE CIRCUIT FROM THE DRIVER’S PERSPECTIVE
> Pedro de la Rosa – “It’s my home circuit but I don’t know it any better than the other drivers; it’s one of the hardest on tires.”
> Jarno Trulli – “It’s a very difficult circuit, the track is challenging and requires optimal physical condition.”
> ON THIS CIRCUIT, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW F1 BEHIND THE SCENES WITH YOUR OWN EYES > WE’LL ARRANGE A VISIT TO THE BOXES FOR YOU!!!