Circuit de Catalunya Track Guide

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The Barcelona track has been home to F1 since 1991 and this year is surely going to be another cracker, let’s take a look at the track.

The lap begins with a long straight leading to the first corner where the driver has to brake from 7th gear down to 3rd and then quickly get the turn in point correct for turn 2 which is a fast left hand corner leading into the long turn 3, the driver then has to hug the apex of turn 4 to get a good exit into the braking zone for turn 5 which is a tight bend that the driver comes in from the outside of the track and will aim to clip the apex and on the exit of turn 5 and as they go through the almost straight turn 6 they will then have to straighten the car for the entrance to turn 7, get the exit wrong though and you’ll be in the gravel trap, for the best time, the drivers will run slightly wide and use all the track they can as they exit turn 7, it is an uphill rise through turn 8 and going into turn 9, carrying speed through here is the crucial difference between Pole Position and a midfield grid slot, then there is the straight that leads into the tight turn 10, the driver needs to slow the car right down here or else risk running wide and losing time, uphill to a flowing turn 11 and 12 where the driver needs to have 100% concentration and then they get to turn 13, they then have to negotiate the turn 14-15 chicane which requires the driver to slow the car down and get through that tight sequence of corners, the exit of turn 15 is crucial because carrying speed through turn 16 will set up the best run to the line and the best possible lap time.

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A few new ideas

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LEGENDS
Every Thursday for the next ten weeks, I will be going through my top ten ever Formula One drivers and delivering an in depth analysis and opinion on them, I will analyse everything from points scored to championships won.

CLASSIC F1
Once every two weeks, I will be casting my mind back to a memorable Grand Prix from over the years. I will have a full race summary and photos of the selected race.

TRACK GUIDES
It is exactly what it says, Every Friday night on race weekends, I will be giving the track guide and explaining what is the quickest way around the racetrack

SUPPORT SERIES
There is more to F1 weekends than just the race, there are support series that follow F1 all around the world, I will be looking at the rising stars of GP2 and GP3 and the championship battle, Giving team and driver profiles and race reports from these fantastic racing series a few hours after the F1 races finish on Sundays.

SEASON REVIEW
There has been many vintage F1 years and I will be doing monthly four-part specials about those special seasons, Once a week I will tell the story of a championship and how it unfolds week to week and by the fourth week of every Season Review, The selected championship will be concluded and you will know every detail.

THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE WEEKEND
My thoughts, analysis and predictions for what to look out for and expect over the Grand Prix weekend.

There will be many more ideas over the next few weeks so watch this space 🙂