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All about the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix

Alix Simonovitch
Written by Alix Simonovitch

If you love Formula 1 and you like to go and see live events, Barcelona is a great city to make a stop in 2017. On the 14th of May, Spain celebrates it’s Grand Prix right outside of Barcelona, in the city of Montmeló. The circuit has been open for more than 25 years and has hosted the Grand Prix many times. This year, it is back and you can’t miss it! The countdown has started so buy your tickets now as they usually sell out very early.

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Spanish Grand Prix

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This year the Grand Prix will be the 6th round of the Formula 1 World Championship and will open the European Grand Prix. It has been part of the Championship since 1951. At the beginning, it took place on the circuits of Jarama and the one in Montjuïc, the only circuit located in the city of Barcelona. Now and for over 20 years, the Spanish Grand Prix has been taking place in Catalunya. For more information, visit the website of the Federation Internationale, where you can find all the technical details about the Grand Prix, who will be participating, the schedule of all the races in the world in 2017, the ranking, etc.

Circuit de Catalogne

The circuit of Catalonia is located in the north of Barcelona, in the city of Montmélo. The length of its circuit is 4 655 km, with 16 turns. It is frequently used for Formula 1 drivers’ training. They enjoy it particularly for its straight, longest line of the world championship, which allows them to reach speeds exceeding 310 km/h. Fun fact, Michael Schumacher has won the Spanish Grand Prix 6 times on this circuit. And on this same circuit, in 2016, Max Verstappen, who is 18 years old, became the youngest winner in the history of this sport. This year, the Grand Prix probably holds some surprises. So save the date: May 14th!

Adress: Camino Mas Moreneta, 08160 Montmeló

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How to get a ticket?

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Several travel agencies propose organized weekends that include a ticket for the Grand Prix, but prices are sometimes high. We advise you to buy your ticket on online. Packages are available and they include free tickets for young children and special prices for seniors. If the tickets are too expensive for your budget, you can always follow the Grand Prix in the sports bars of the Catalan capital or in the fields around the circuit. If you are not passionate about the event but are accompanying a Formula 1 fan, take advantage of your weekend to visit Barcelona.

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About the author

Alix Simonovitch

Alix Simonovitch

Traveler and blogger, Alix wrote about the cities of Amsterdam and Brussels before moving to Barcelona 9 years ago. Writer and translator specialized in tourism and gastronomy, she wants to share all her discoveries in her new city.

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