2016 Formula 1 calendar

Australian GP 18-20 Mar
Bahrain GP 1-3 Apr
Chinese GP 15-17 Apr
Russian GP 29-1 May
Spanish GP 13-15 May
Monaco GP 26-29 May
Canadian GP 10-12 Jun
European GP 17-19 Jun
Austrian GP 1-3 Jul
British GP 8-10 Jul
Hungarian GP 22-24 Jul
German GP 29-31 Jul
Belgian GP 26-28 Aug
Italian GP 2-4 Sep
Singapore GP 16-18 Sep
Malaysian GP 30-2 Oct
Japanese GP 7-9 Oct
United States GP 21-23 Oct
Mexican GP 28-30 Oct
Brazilian GP 11-13 Nov
Abu Dhabi GP 25-27 Nov

F1 tickets Spain

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Timetable Spanish GP

Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix 2016

Circuit de Catalunya.

Circuit de Catalunya, also known as Circuit de Barcelona, is situated only 32 kilometers from Barcelona and 18 kilometers from the Barcelona-Maresme Coast. With long straights and a good blend of corners it is seen as an all-rounder circuit. The circuit layout tests every aspect of a cars performance, aero, mechanical and engine. It is very often used for testing during the winter, so the teams know the circuit quite well. This has led to criticism that drivers and mechanics are too familiar with Catalunya, reducing the amount of on-track action.

Circuit de Catalunya is a very different kind of circuit. The erratic weather conditions, particularly the prevailing winds, can destabilise the car's aerodynamic balance, so the teams are continually trying to find the perfect set-up. Even the slightest change in the weather or track conditions, due to the amount of rubber laid down, has a big impact. The tyres are under high loadings, particularly the front left tyre which has to work hard in right-hand corners such as turns 3 and 9. It is very important to find the perfect balance to look after the tyres.

The track is 4.65 kilometers long with a total of 16 corners, 9 right turns and 7 left turns. Minimum track width is 11 meters. The direction is clockwise. The engines will spend each lap of the race at about 57 percent full throttle, so top end speeds are important. This is most crucially on the start and finish straight which will see the drivers flat out for almost 1,000 meters. Overtaking is not easy, therefore a good qualifying performance is vital. Statistically, it is more important to start from pole position in Barcelona than it is at other circuits because many Spanish Grand Prix have been won from the pole.

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Google Maps

A virtual lap of Catalunya F1 circuit