Motorsports are on the rise in Spain. More and more important Spanish names within this world have made the interest for it grow exponentially. The Circuit de Catalunya has been hosting the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix – one of the many Grand Prix’s that belong to the FIA Formula One World Championship – for years. This article by ShBarcelona will tell you more about this important sports event that will take place from 10 to 12 May 2019 at the circuit of Montmeló.
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The FIA Formula One World Championship (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) is the most prestigious championship in the world of motorsport. The explanation is very simple. The races are called Grand Prix and the Formula One World Championship is the annual competition that takes place. The races generally take place on race circuits, although street circuits or routes outside large cities are also being used. The cars in which drivers compete are single-seaters, and each team develops the most cutting-edge technology with the help of their engineers, but always within FIA’s technical regulations. Some of these technological improvements have been implemented in commercial vehicles, as is the case with disc brakes. The beginning of the modern Formula One goes back to the year 1950, when teams like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati participated. Some of these teams still continue to race and others have been merged over the years, like McLaren, Williams, Red Bull, Renault and Mercedes. (The latter by the way has a great track record.) Signing and renewing contracts must be handled 2 or 3 races before the end of each season. An interesting fact is that Formula One drivers need a FIA super licence to be able to enter the competition, which is directly related to their results in previous class competitions.
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The Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluña is located in the town of Montmeló (Barcelona) and was inaugurated on 10 September 1991, thanks to the collaboration of the Government of Catalonia, the Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia and the City of Montmeló. The circuit hosted its first race event, the Spanish Touring Car Championship, only five days after its inauguration, while the first Formula One Grand Prix was held a bit later, on 29 September. In 2019 the Spanish Grand Prix will take place from 10 to 12 May and tickets for this event can be purchased online. You can buy tickets for a specific day or event, or a package for the total duration of the competition. The Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluña is located at the town of Montmeló, about 32 kilometers from the city of Barcelona. You can travel to the circuit by car, train or bus, so there are different means of transport for different budgets. Good to know: it takes about a 45 minute walk from the train station to the circuit, so wear decent walking shoes and leave your flip flops at home or in your hotel room!
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