When was the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya built?
A plot of land north of Barcelona, near to the town of Montmeló, was secured and the foundation stone was laid in February 1989. Construction continued through 1990 and into 1991
What was the first event at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya?
Spanish Touring Car Championship
A round of the Spanish Touring Car Championship, on 10th September 1991. Former F1 driver Luís Pérez-Sala took the victory
F1 Spanish Grand Prix
Moto GP Race
When was the first F1 race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya?
Just a few weeks after it was built, F1 came to Barcelona, featuring a memorable duel between Mansell and Senna down the front straight.
What is the capacity of the main grandstand?
The circuit opened the new main grandstand in 2002, designed by Herman Tilke and with a capacity of 9,580.
When was the Nissan chicane built?
Following the tragedies at Imola, the F1 drivers were critical of the lack of run off at the end of the fast Nissan chicane, and an ungainly additional chicane was hastily built out of tyre stacks. Possibly one of the worst additions to a track ever, it did at least allow for the race to go ahead.
When was La Caixa (Turn 10) built?
Although designed with F1 in mind, the increasing reliance of modern grand prix on aerodynamic grip lead to a number of dull, processional races as the drivers found it hard to overtake. In particular, following a competitor close enough through the final curve to gain a slipstream down the main straight became virtually impossible. To add an additional overtaking spot, La Caixa was tightened in 2004
When was final chicane (worst corner ever) built?
Why did they do that.
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