Track Information and History

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was built in 1991 and began hosting the Spanish Grand Prix that same year. Construction also coincided with the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Barcelona the next year, where the circuit acted as the start and finish line for the road team time trial cycling event.The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya should not be confused with the Montjuïc circuit, which hosted the Spanish Grand Prix four times between 1969 and 1975 and, unlike the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, is actually located within the city of Barcelona.

Because so much testing is done at this circuit, Formula One drivers and mechanics are extremely familiar with it. This has led to criticism that drivers and mechanics are too familiar with Catalunya, reducing the amount of on-track action.

When first used, overtaking was frequent as cars could follow closely through the last two corners and slipstream down the long straight. As aerodynamic balance became more critical, this overtaking method drastically decreased as the cars were unable to follow each other through the fast final corner due to turbulence created by the leading car. The 2007 season saw the first of the two final sweepers replaced with a slow chicane in an effort to improve overtaking.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has hosted a motorcycle Grand Prix since 1992, originally the European motorcycle Grand Prix from 1992 and later the Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix since 1996. There are at least five points on the track (turns 1, 2, 4, 10, 14) where riders are known to overtake. As in Formula 1, Turn 1 is arguably the most popular place for overtaking. The circuit is not known to produce copious amounts of overtaking, despite the long straights. Originally, the Formula 1 circuit changes were not instituted for MotoGP; however, after a fatal crash in the 2016 MotoGP round involving a Moto2 rider, the Formula 1 layout was implemented to slow down riders for safety purposes. The FIM made a further change to the chicane for 2017 by moving up the chicane to prevent riders from cutting the pit lane entrance.

The circuit hosted many other international racing series, including the FIA Sportscar Championship ( 1999–2002), European Touring Car Championship (2003), FIA GT Championship (2003), Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (2006–2011), European Le Mans Series (2008–2009), and World Series by Renault (2002–2004, 2006–2011). The FIA World Rallycross Championship currently visits Catalunya since 2015.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Track Layout and Changes

  • Barcelona Club Layout
    Barcelona Club

    Length: 1.058 miles / 1.703 km

  • Barcelona Grand Prix Layout
    Barcelona Grand Prix

    Length: 2.893 miles / 4.655km

  • Barcelona Moto Grand Prix Layout
    Barcelona Moto Grand Prix

    Length: 2.891 miles / 4.652 km

  • Barcelona Moto National Layout
    Barcelona Moto National

    Length: 1.804 miles / 2.903 km

  • Barcelona National Layout
    Barcelona National

    Length: 1.850 miles / 2.977 km

Race Winners
Year Race Car Drivers Distance Speed
Km kph
Circuit Length:
2001 FIA Sportscar Championship Ferrari 333 SP Pescatori, Zadra 416.064 165.196
2002 FIA Sportscar Championship Courage C60 Peugeot Boullion, Bourdais - -
2003 FIA Sportscar Championship Ferrari 550 Maranello Biagi, Bobbi 454.080 150.790
2008 Catalunya 1000 Kilometres Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP Minassian, Gené - 167.030
2009 Catalunya 1000 Kilometres Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2 Charouz, Enge, Mücke - 162.107
2010 International GT Open Ferrari F430 GT3 Scuderia Cadei, Frezza - -
2011 International GT Open Ferrari 458 Italia GT Camathias, Ayari
2011 International GT Open Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012 Narac, Pilet - -
2013 International GT Open Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Onidi, Salaquarda - -
2014 International GT Open Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Mavlanov, Zampieri - -
2015 International GT Open McLaren 650S Ramos, Parente - -
2016 International GT Open Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Biagi, Crestani - -
2016 Blancpain Sprint Series Mercedes-AMG GT3 Vautier, Rosenqvist - -
2016 VdeV LMP/GT Ligier JS P3 Hallyday, Droux, Lunardi
2017 International GT Open . (,,)
2017 Blancpain Sprint Series . (,,)
2017 VdeV LMP/GT Ginetta G57 Robertson, Fielding, White
Practical Information
Barcelona Tickets +
Shops and Supermarkets
Name, Address +
Name, Address +
Garages and Mechanics
Name Address + Email
Name Address + Email
Gasolinera Montmelo Carrer Ctra. de Montmeló, 70, 08403 Granollers, Barcelona, +34 935 61 03 30
Ballenoil Carrer Ronda del Pedregar, parcela 17, El Pedregar Industrial, 08160 Montmeló, Barcelona +34 900 730 760
Cepsa Carrer Divuit, C-17, 08150 Parets del Vallès, Barcelona, +34 935 62 44 12
Repsol 08150 Parets del Vallès, Barcelona
  • Travel and Transport

    How to get there and how to get around the track.

    Located in Montmeló, 25 km north of Barcelona city centre. It is approximately 40 km from Barcelona Airport and 70 km from Girona Airport.

    Being close to major highways the access by road is excellent; follow the C-17 road (exit Montmeló), or the AP-7 highway. If you choose the AP-7 toll highway, you have several exits to reach the circuit these being 13, 14 and 15. With 32,000 parking spaces getting parked should not be an issue for most events.

    There is also good rail links to the circuit, there is no station at the circuit and Montmeló station is a good 45 minute walk away (and along some pretty busy roads at that). Trains run evey half hour from Barcelona at weekends, with the journey to Montmeló taking 30 minutes.

    Information Links.

    Train Information (Renfe) »
    Tram Information »
    Bus information (TMB) »
    Airport Bus »
    Barcelona Airport »
    Girona Airport »

    Other Links.

    How to get there »
    F1 GP Information »
    Barcelona Radio Taxis: +34 93 303 3033 »
    Barcelona Radio Taxis: +34 93 322 2222 »
    Barcelona Radio Taxis: +34 93 307 0707 »
    Barcelona Radio Taxis: +34 93 420 8088 »
    Barcelona Radio Taxis: +34 93 225 0000 »
  • Maps

    The map room. All maps covering the track and surround areas

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  • Bars
    PAN Y VINO Montornés Carrer Can Parellada 26 nave A, 08170 Montornès del Vallès, Barcelona +34 931 01 08 56
    Bar Bayern Av. de Catalunya, 133, 08150 Parets del Vallès, Barcelona
    Braningans Irish Pub Carrer de la Pau, 60, 08100 Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona +34 627 45 18 77
    Kebar Parets Carrer de Víctor Català, 5P, 08150 Parets del Vallès, Barcelona +34 931 76 59 52
    Bar Restaurante Can Litus Carrer de Víctor Català, 9-13, 08150 Parets del Vallès, Barcelona +34 931 86 73 94
    Dover Carrer de Catalunya, 38, 08430 Roca del Valles (la), Barcelona +34 938 42 46 24
    Bar Vertical Montornes del Valles Carrer de la Pau, 10, 08170 Montornès del Vallès, Barcelona +34 936 33 83 11
    Track Researched By: Ian Chicken
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