FORMULA 1™ Gran Premio de España Santander 2013

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Circuit de Catalunya

Circuit de Catalunya is a very variable track. With long straights and narrow corners it is generally considered perhaps the best place to test on. Being built in 1991 it is often referred to as just Barcelona even though the track lies close to the town of Montmelo. Critics often say that due to the fact that almost every driver and team knows this track so well the race action is reduced. The only place that overtaking is possible is the long start finish line straight but because of the "New Holland" curve at the end of the lap the downforce loss is almost always to substantial to actually get a good chance. Therefore we see a somewhat modified Catalunya circuit this year as a chicane replaces the second to last right hander.

Another faction of concern is the wind which can change drastically during a race. Therefor it is very important to find the right downforce setup. And because of these circumstances some unexpected teams can do really well here while struggling elsewhere. Still the track is very modern and boosts some of the finest facilities in the circus.

Barcelona, destination guide

Barcelona has something to offer everyone, a bustling European city with a long coastline and beaches just around the corner. One of the city's most famous inhabitants was the architect Gaudi and he left a substantial mark on the city we know. Famous for his Gothic style, the "La Sagrada Familia" is his most famous, although unfinished work. The Gothic neighborhood in the old town is also a legacy from Gaudi. And in comparison to the more modern part called Eixample where modern shops and businesses the city proves it has much to offer.

Barcelona is unique in Spain. It has developed its own culture that cannot be seen elsewhere in Spain. With the Catalan language and its architecture Barcelona is a must for everyone into culture and history as well as nightlife and closeness to the beach.

While staying in the city you must go to the "Las Ramblas" district. It offers magnificent tapas bars. A must for every sports interested person is also to book a ticket to a game featuring the city's pride FC Barcelona at the huge Camp Nou stadium. Another must is the Picasso museum which boosts the biggest collection of artwork from the Spanish painter.

And where to stay? According to local Spanish hero Fredrik Berglind the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos offers the best accommodation in the city. It is very comfortable and beautiful and was erected during the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and that fact reflects on the general feel of the hotel. But the city has of course every kind of hostel you would like, ranging from very cheap to very expensive.

Published 2013-05-05 by Kris Locksey | Edit