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The Formula One teams are no strangers to Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya; not only have they raced there every year since 1991, they also conduct extensive testing at the venue.

Familiarity does not, however, lessen the challenge for car or driver. Barcelona's mix of high and low-speed corners, plus its abrasive and rather bumpy track surface, makes for a physically and mechanically taxing race. Tyre wear is particularly high and the varying winds that cut across the circuit mean an optimum set-up can be hard to find.

For spectators Elf corner is among the best places to watch, as it is one of the track's few overtaking opportunities. For the drivers it is the final two turns, known collectively as New Holland, which provide one of the biggest challenges of the season. A fast exit is essential in order to maximise speed down the start-finish straight into Elf.

2003 marked the 13th time Barcelona has hosted the Spanish Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher has been the most successful driver at the circuit, with a total of five victories, while Jacques Villeneuve is the only other current driver to have won there, back in 1997.
The Circuit de Catalunya is located only 30km from Barcelona. It is easily accessible on major routes, either the N152 or the A7 motorway (exit 13) towards Gerona.

Alternatively, it is served by rail from Sants station (Line 2) to Montmelo Station with journey time lasting about 40 minutes, or from Gerona in around one hour. The circuit is a short walk from the station.

If you're flying, then the nearest international airport is El Prat de Llobragat in Barcelona, which is 47km from the circuit. There are regular connections to Barcelona from the airport via bus and train.

Race analysis - Ferrari's win is McLaren's gain

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/6091.html ---You have to feel for Ferrari. Four pole positions and three victories in the first four races of the gripping 2007 world championship, and still they trail McLaren in both the drivers’ and constructors’ tables. Why? “We know that one of the indispensable requirements for winning the championship is reliability,” said Jean Todt, who helped mastermind the Scuderia’s fabled reputation for bullet-proof engineering, “and twice now it has been...Read Full Story

Massa takes dominant win in Spain

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6086/773.html ---As far as McLaren were concerned, the wrong Ferrari broke down in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen’s F2007 was behind the silver cars when it slowed down and crept back to the pits on lap nine with an electronic problem. But Felipe Massa’s was in front, and that was where it stayed to the chequered flag, giving the Brazilian his second successive victory. Try as Lewis Hamilton might, in making his record fourth...Read Full Story

Advantage McLaren in Spain

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6070/773.html ---Talk to anyone at McLaren on Friday evening, and the mood might best be described as guardedly upbeat after Fernando Alonso set the pace in this afternoon’s second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.The Spaniard achieved a good chassis balance early on, and confirmed that the car has definitely been improved since Bahrain, while Lewis Hamilton, though ‘only’ fifth, said he was content that all of the planned programme had...Read Full Story

Alonso leads the Renaults in second practice

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6067/773.html --- McLaren’s Fernando Alonso said yesterday that Fridays can be confusing - and how right he was as he headed the times on Friday afternoon in Barcelona. This was the most unusual practice session so far this season. Lewis Hamilton set the early pace for McLaren, until Alonso donned Bridgestone’s medium compound tyres (the Japanese company have brought medium and hard to Spain) and lapped in 1m 21.397s. After that, as Hamilton’s 1m...Read Full Story

McLaren one-two in opening practice

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6064/773.html --- Lewis Hamilton might not have tested here last week, but the 22 year-old Englishman set the pace for McLaren as he headed world champion team mate Fernando Alonso in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday. After the Toyotas had set the initial pace, Alonso was the man to beat until Hamilton posted a 1m 22.165s to go quickest. He then improved that, to 1m 21.880s. Behind him, Alonso’s best was 1m 22.268s, which was...Read Full Story

McLaren calm ahead of Ferrari storm

By Premal Shah on
Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6061/773.html --- “It’s really weird!” Lewis Hamilton admitted here yesterday as he pondered the change in his life since his first three remarkable Grands Prix outings. “I used to come into the McLaren Communications Centre at races in 2005 and last year and have lunch, and just say hello to everyone. Now I have my own room, I’ve taken over Kimi’s (Raikkonen) place. It’s almost like sitting here watching myself race!” For all that his three...Read Full Story

A lap of the Circuit de Catalunya with Barrichello

By Premal Shah on
Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6056/773.html ---As Honda’s Rubens Barrichello prepares to return to the driving seat for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the Brazilian talks us round a flying lap of Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya… Note - to view a map of the circuit, click here . "The Circuit de Catalunya is almost like a home circuit now because the F1 teams conduct most of their European testing there and like all of the drivers, I know the track like the back of my hand...Read Full Story

The Spanish Grand Prix Preview

By Premal Shah on
Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6052/773.html --- This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya, just outside Barcelona, kicks off the first European leg of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship. And it follows hard on the heels of prolonged testing by all of the teams there last week. Generally, the view is that Ferrari made progress in the test, with Kimi Raikkonen setting the fastest time. However, circuit conditions at the race weekend are usually quite...Read Full Story

The Spanish Inquisition...

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6047/773.html ---After four weeks of development and testing, the drivers are itching to go racing again in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. But which team will reap the biggest benefits from their behind-the-scenes efforts? Who will master the newly-revised Circuit de Catalunya? Who will come away from Barcelona leading the championship? The drivers reveal their thoughts on the battle ahead… Fernando Alonso, McLaren 2006 Qualifying...Read Full Story

Williams Preview

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The Spanish Grand Prix opens Formula One's European season this weekend as the teams make the short journey to Barcelona for Round Four of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The Circuit de Catalunya, located just to the north of one of Spain's cultural hot-spots, is a favoured testing venue among the teams, and is a well known entity to the drivers who have all banked considerable mileage at the track over the winter. Although the team's scheduled test at the Barcelona track last week...Read Full Story
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Events which were not part of the Formula One World Championhip are indicated by a pink background.

A cream background indicates an event which was part of the pre-war European Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2007     Catalunya Report
2006 Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Catalunya Report
2005 Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Catalunya Report
2004 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya Report
2003 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya Report
2002 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya Report
2001 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya Report
2000 Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Catalunya Report
1999 Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Catalunya Report
1998 Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Catalunya Report
1997 Flag of Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Catalunya Report
1996 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya Report
1995 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Catalunya Report
1994 Flag of United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Catalunya Report
1993 Flag of France Alain Prost Williams-Renault Catalunya Report
1992 Flag of United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Catalunya Report
1991 Flag of United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Catalunya Report
1990 Flag of France Alain Prost Ferrari Jerez Report
1989 Flag of Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Jerez Report
1988 Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Jerez Report
1987 Flag of United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Jerez Report
1986 Flag of Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Jerez Report
1982
-85
Not held
1981 Flag of Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Jarama Report
1980 Flag of Australia Alan Jones Williams-Cosworth Jarama Report
1979 Flag of France Patrick Depailler Ligier-Cosworth Jarama Report
1978 Flag of United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Cosworth Jarama Report
1977 Flag of United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Cosworth Jarama Report
1976 Flag of United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Cosworth Jarama Report
1975 Flag of Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Cosworth Montjuïc circuit Report
1974 Flag of Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari Jarama Report
1973 Flag of Brazil Émerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth Montjuïc circuit Report
1972 Flag of Brazil Émerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth Jarama Report
1971 Flag of United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Cosworth Montjuïc circuit Report
1970 Flag of United Kingdom Jackie Stewart March-Cosworth Jarama Report
1969 Flag of United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Cosworth Montjuïc circuit Report
1968 Flag of United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Cosworth Jarama Report
1967 Flag of United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Cosworth Jarama Report
1955
-66
Not held
1954 Flag of United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Pedralbes Report
1952
-53
Not held
1951 Flag of Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Pedralbes Report
1936
-50
Not held
1935 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes Lasarte Report
1934 Italy Luigi Fagioli Mercedes Lasarte Report
1933 Flag of Monaco Louis Chiron Alfa Romeo Lasarte Report
1931
-32
Not held
1930 Italy Achille Varzi Maserati Lasarte Report
1929 Flag of Monaco Louis Chiron Bugatti Lasarte Report
1928 Flag of Monaco Louis Chiron Bugatti Lasarte Report
1927 Flag of France Robert Benoist Delage Lasarte Report
1926 Italy Meo Constantini Bugatti Lasarte Report
1925 Flag of France Albert Divo Delage Lasarte Report
1924 Flag of France Henri Segrave Sunbeam Lasarte Report
1923 Italy Dario Resta Talbot Sitges-Terramar Report
1914
-22
Not held
1913 Carlos de Salamanca Rolls-Royce Guadarrama Report
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