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29th December 2012

Barcelona Formula 1 - The City, The Circuit And The Paddock Club


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By: Rebecca Sophia Meade

Experience Barcelona as a traveller or a Formula 1 fan, or why not combine the two? From Gaudi to the direction of the wind at the Circuit of Barcelona, to becoming a guest at the Paddock Club - it is all here in this great article.

The Formula One calendar is packed with fantastic venues throughout the season, and the Barcelona Formula One is no exception to this rule! Barcelona is a wonderful, vibrant seaside city, which has its own special atmosphere and style. For those of us who have fallen in love with the city, it is hard to pinpoint which of its charms are most alluring …Can it be the significant stamps of Gaudi, the gorgeous beaches and parks, or the vibrant city life, not to mention the fantastic night life? Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and the capital of the region of Catalonia.

For those of you staying in Barcelona to soak up the delights of the city, the circuit can be reached from the Sants Train Station (Estacio de Sants) and the journey takes about 30 minutes. There are also shuttle bus operators providing services.

The Circuit de Catalunya (Circuit of Catalonia) is also known as the Circuit of Barcelona. It also hosts other events, including Moto GP. Built in 1991, it is located in Montmelo which is a small town located around 20km north east of Barcelona city. There were four Grand Prix races hosted at a circuit called Monjuic between 1969 to 1975. The circuit was named after the mountain upon which it was situated, in Barcelona itself. However although this circuit was highly rated, the fatal crash of 1975 led to it being abandoned.

Testing Circuit
The Circuit of Catalonia is frequently used as a testing circuit and because of this there is a certain amount of talk that the F1 drivers and mechanics are too familiar with it, which lessens the chance for as much excitement as there may be on some of the other F1 circuits.

2013 testing dates were announced in November 2012 for the Barcelona Circuit, and these will be 2 sets of 4 days which are:
19th to 22nd February and 28th February to 3rd March

If you want to attend, one way of doing it is to buy a season ticket for the circuit. This allows you to go to the Test Days as above, as well as all other events during the season, which of course includes the Barcelona Grand Prix as well as the Moto GP races. The cost of this is 172.80 euros, but there is a 50% discount for seniors (65 years or more) and juniors (6 to 18 years). Further information can be found at the official circuit website.

Direction Of The Wind
Although it is true that the mechanics and drivers are extra familiar with this circuit, there is an element of nature which can play an important part regardless. This is the wind and its direction. Given the aerodynamic nature of this sport, the fact that the wind can change direction during the day at this circuit throws in an extra challenge. It can lead to some unexpected performances during the Barcelona Formula 1.



Catalonia And Motor Racing
In Catalonia there is a history of motor racing that can be traced back to 1908. This was when the first Copa Catalunya (Catalonia Cup) took place which used public roads, making a race track of around 17 miles. The circuit stretched from the lovely seaside town of Sitges to Canyelles inland and back to the coastal town of Vilanova i la Geltru, and the eventually back to Sitges.

Spanish Grand Prix 2013 - 10th, 11th & 12th May
Back to the 21st century however, the 2013 Barcelona Grand Prix will take place from 10th to 12th May. If you wish to enjoy it in the most prestigious, stylish and luxurious manner, why not book the Barcelona Formula 1 Paddock Club. This is the ultimate way to enjoy the experience. Circulate amongst the elite, rich and famous, and have an amazing experience.

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You could even book Barcelona Formula 1 Paddock Club hospitality which includes a Q & A session with Jenson Button. Having finished a difficult 2012 season on a high, Jenson´s fans are more hopeful for 2013. Exclusive packages can be booked with Halcyon Events.

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