FORMULA 1 GP 2018
Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain)
The Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya is a motorsport track in Montmelo, a city in the surroundings of Barcelona. The track has long straights and a variety of different corners and can be seen as an all-rounder circuit with FIAgrade1license.
The spot has a long history of memorable mentions in Formula 1 (Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Mika Häkkinen, Fernando Alonso) and other Motorsports (Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo).
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was built in 1991 and began hosting the Spanish Grand Prix that same year and was famous for its many overtaking situations. Unfortunately, this stopped when aerodynamic balance became more critical and it was much harder to overtake. But there are at least 5 points on the track (turn 1, 2, 4, 10, 14) where riders are known to overtake, turn 1 is arguably the most popular place.
The circuit hosted many other international racing series including the FIA Sportscar Championship (1999 – 2002), European Touring Car Championship (2003), FIA GT Championship (2003), Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (2006 – 2011), European Le Mans Series (2008 – 2009) and World Series by Renault (2002 – 2004), 2006 – 2011). The FIA World Rallycross Championship visits the track since 2015.
To imagine a lap on the circuit I would like to copy in a description and a video, which give you a nice overview:
“Turn 1 is the main overtaking point at Catalunya, as it is a braking zone at the end of a long straight. The inside and outside are equally difficult for overtaking; drivers who can hold the line around the outside of turn one, can get the inside line for turn two. The corners themselves make up a medium-speed chicane – drivers brake rather late for turn one (Elf) and shift down to gear two, and turn two is almost full throttle as they try to gain as much exit speed as possible. Turn 3 (Renault is a long, flat-out (in most cars) right-hander that has ag-forcef about four and it leads to a short straight before turn 4, the Repsol curve. Another right-hander, turn four is similar to Monza’s curva Parabolica – drivers brake and take an early apex (in third gear), carrying lots of speed out of the exit. Turn 5 (Seat) comes immediately after and is a slow left-hander taken in second gear which drops rapidly downhill towards the left kink of turn 6 which is ignored by F1 cars. Turns 7 and 8 make up a medium-speed, uphill, left-right chicane. Drivers brake and shift down to gear three, and must not run too wide as turn eight has a large kerb on its apex which could potentially damage cars’ suspensions. Turn 9, Campsa Corner, is a very fast, sixth-gear right-hander which is made incredibly difficult by being completely blind (drivers cannot see the apex on approach). It is initially quite steep uphill but the exit is then downhill, so it is quite easy to run wide onto the astroturf. The long back straight leads into turn 10 (La Caixa), a second-gear, left-hand hairpin, then turns 11 and 12, a left kink before a long, slow, third-gear right. The next section has been redesigned by German engineer Hermann Tilke to lower speeds onto the 1,047m pit straight – which in turn increases overtaking opportunities and safety. Turn 13 is a tight, third-gear right-hander and drivers have to cross the track quickly to take the racing line through the slow left-right chicane of turns 14 and 15, taken in second gear. Good traction is needed here as it determines speed down the pit straight. Turn 16 (New Holland) s a flat-out right-hander which takes cars across the start/finish line.”
F1 Circuit Guide | Spanish Grand Prix Cockpit video
EXTRA: MONTJUÏC CIRCUIT IN THE CITY OF BARCELONA
The Montjuic Circuit is also interesting for motorsports enthusiasts during a stay in Barcelona because you can find this forgotten and former Formula 1 track in the middle of the city of Barcelona on Montjuïc mountain, Start and Finish are very close to the Olympic Stadium. This track was said to be more beautiful and more defiant than Monaco. Loved by both drivers and public in the late sixties and seventies, the hilly Montjuic circuit near the city-centre of Barcelona was an excitingly challenging racetrack. Have a closer look here: