In recent years, Formula One has covered more laps around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya than any other track, with the venue traditionally playing host to F1’s winter testing schedule. It boasts a strong mix of both high- and low-speed corners, perfect for assessing the unique characteristics of a Formula One car, which is why drivers and engineers love it.
The circuit has also proved a happy hunting ground for Williams, with victories in the first four races ever held at the circuit between 1991 and 1994. And who could forget Pastor Maldonado’s defence of the lead in the closing stages of the 2012 race, holding off the home favourite, Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari, to the chequered flag.
What Makes Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Unique:
It’s the drag race downhill to Turn 1, and then the challenging sequence of sweeping corners through Turns 2 and 3 that always delivers a spectacle at the start of a Grand Prix. With overtaking proving a challenge through the race, drivers inevitably try to gain as many positions as possible off the start line. Seeing Formula One cars go wheel-to-wheel doesn’t get much better than this.
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