Visiting Barcelona as a tourist or a sports fan is well worth it. Barcelona is one of the most beautiful European cities that has it all, from beautiful old town streets, picturesque Gaudi architecture, lovely sandy beaches and a rich variety of food options to choose from.
Formula 1 Emirates Gran Premio De Espana 2019
Location: Circuit De Barcelona Catalunya
The circuit de Barcelona was built as part of the development programme for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The circuit was first laid out in 1989 and the first official race was the Spanish Touring Car Championships in 1991.
The track itself is very well known by the drivers because this is where the teams spend large amounts of time doing their winter training. The track has a good variety of long straights with low and high speed corners. The best spots to watch the Spanish GP would be the first and third corners which provide the best opportunities for drivers to overtake each other.
The track has held some memorable moments including:
- The inaugural race with Nigel Mansell going toe-to-toe with the Brazilian Ayrton Senna down the long straight ending in a nail biting finish with Mansell narrowly taking the win by 0.014 seconds.
- Michael Schumacher finishing second in 1994 despite having driven half the race with only fifth gear.
- During 1996 Schumacher won his first race as a Ferrari driver in a rainstorm
- Fernando Alonso becoming the first Spaniard to win a Grand Prix at his home country’s track in 2006
- Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the Spanish Grand Prix having achieved 6 victories.
- In 2016 Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to win a Grand Prix at the age of 18 years in Barcelona.
- Between 2006 and 2016, there were 10 different Spanish Grand Prix champions including Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen.
- The Spanish Grand Prix is the first race of the season where each individual team use custom designed motor homes. These units on trucks become the team mobile base and hospitality area and are used throughout the duration of the European Formula 1 season.
Barcelona has an abundance of sightseeing opportunities which include visiting the spectacular Antoni Gaudi designed Sagrada Familia being at the top of the list. The Park Guell, Old Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas are worth visiting within this city that has such rich artistic looking architecture.
Prominent museums in Barcelona range from history, arts and culture to sports experiences including the Picasso Museum, The Nou Camp Football Museum and the Gothic Monastery in Pedralbes.
Being a multicultural city, there is a wide range of different cuisines that can be found in the different quarters. Be sure to indulge in the different varieties of flavour that the traditional Spanish tapas has to offer.
To sum up the Barcelona experience Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso said, “I like to go to the tapas bars on Las Ramblas, and it’s always good to watch a football game at the Nou Camp, particularly when my team, Real Madrid, are playing FC Barcelona.”
Barcelona is a destination not to be missed whether you’re going to experience sport, arts and culture or Spanish heritage.0