Some tracks on the Formula one calendar say a lot about the personality of the people of that country. In Japan the Suzuka course is fast sweeping and has a trick chicane plus it’s the only figure of eight showing the idiosyncrasies of the Japanese people. At Monza Italy there is and emphasis of speed and straights but the most indicative of all tracks is the Circuit De Catalunya in Spain. It is shaped like the face of a bull that iconic creature of Spanish history and the Spanish fans love their Formula one.
It is also a fast track and testing both figuratively and literally as the teams like to test there in the late winter early spring months, so the drivers know it well. Located in visually stunning part of Spain it is no wonder thousands of people flock to the track each year. Fancy coming along to watch it? Then take a look at the Spain F1 Paddock Club where you can watch it in some rather plush surrounds plus have a close up of the cars in the Paddock. A quick trip to https://edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/f1-paddock-club-spain/ should see you right. What’s it like being in the Formula one hotseat though?
Catalunya is not the oldest race by any means, but it has been going since 1991 so it’s very established on the calendar. The start finish is one of the longest and the cars absolutely fly down the straight to the first set of complex turns. As is the fashion for the older tracks the course goes clockwise around the track. The first turn is sharp so as to slow the cars down and then into a quick left hander leading to turn 3 which is a sweeping right hand curve. The cars start to climb up now and this starts to reduce the cars speed if the setup is not right. Turns 4 and 5 are both more sweeping corners that are a big feature in this Grand Prix.
The Track turns in on itself and there are a few chances to overtake throughout braking opponents into the turns. The Majestic sweep of turn 9 takes the driver into the middle section straight. This is a chance to put the hammer down before entering the last complex of turns. It’s easy to get up to 200 mph on this stretch and then down to 55 before the very sharp turn means you position the car well going into the hairpin. Turn 12 is a strong long curve before terminating into a big chicane. As soon as you are through the foot goes to the floor and you head for the start finish straight. The chicane was added as too many accidents were occurring with run off. A fast and amazing track.