Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona – circuit information

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013The Circuit de Catalunya was built in 1991 and has held the Spanish Grand Prix ever since.

Situated just outside Barcelona, the circuit was a popular testing destination for Formula One teams for many years, until in-season testing was limited from 2009.

It struggled to attract a large crowd initially but the growth of interest in the sport in the early 2000s due to the rise of Fernando Alonso saw race attendances surge.

The venue briefly had to compete with Valencia as the host of another Spanish race, but since 2013 the Circuit de Catalunya has regain its status as Spain’s only world championship venue.

Modifications have been made to the original layout on several occasions. The fast Nissan chicane was removed after 1994 on safety grounds. The next corner on the track, La Caixa, was tightened in a largely unsuccessful attempt to create a new overtaking opportunity in 2004.

Then in 2007 another alteration was made to improve safety, with a chicane inserted between the two high-speed corners at the end of the lap.

Lap data
Lap length 4.655km (2.892 miles)
Race laps 66
Race distance 307.104km (190.826 miles)
Pole position Left-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’21.670 (205.192 kph) by Kimi Raikkonen, 2008
Fastest lap 1’19.954 (209.596 kph) by Rubens Barrichello, 2009
Maximum speed 318kph (197.596 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight and straight after Campsa
Distance from grid to turn one m
Car performance
Full throttle 67%
Longest flat-out section 1310m
Downforce level High
Fuel use per lap 1.7kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.051s
Strategy
Quickest complete pit stop in 2013 18.471s by Ferrari (see full list)
2014 prime tyre: Hard (2013: Hard)
2014 option tyre: Medium (2013: Medium)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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