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2016 Spanish grand Prix

Written by Samuel

From the 13th to the 15th of May F1 fans will turn their attention to Barcelona when the F1 Grand Prix comes to town. The race is held in the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a famous Barcelona motor race track which was built in 1991 and used as the venue for every Spanish grand Prix ever since. The stadium has a capacity of 140,700 making it Spains largest stadium with a capacity of 40,000 more than the famous Camp Nou. The Spanish Grand Prix has been taking place for over a 100 years, with a only a few interruption caused mainly by the the First World War and Spanish Civil War. Despite these interruptions the race has become an important date in the F1 calendar.

Getting tickets

f1 close upTickets for the grand prix can be bought on the official F1 tickets website. Grand prix’s are held over three days, traditionally over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the first two days allocated to a series of practice and qualifying sessions prior to the main race on Sunday. Ticket prices vary widely based on which of the three days you want to visit and where in the stadium you want to sit. Tickets for seats in the stadium can be several hundreds of pounds, particularly if you want to see the main event on Sunday. If you don’t have lots of cash to splash out on expensive tickets it might be worth purchasing tickets for the Pelouse area, a grassy section where you can stand and watch the race on huge TV screens. Tickets for this are extremely affordable and you will still be able to soak up the atmosphere from the famous Grand Prix.

Getting there

Red bullIf you are driving to the event then it will take you about 30 minutes form the centre of the Barcelona. If not then there are two ways you can reach the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya by public transport. The first is be train, leaving from Sants, Passeig de Gràcia or Clot rail stations in Barcelona centre. Make sure you get off at Montmelo station, which is still a fair walk (45 mins) to the F1 circuit so you will probably choose to take the shuttle bus which goes direct to the circuit. The second way to get to the stadium is by taking a special bus that leaves from Estació Nord in the centre of Barcelona (near Arc de Triomph Metro station) which takes about 45 mins- more information, including prices can be found on the bus operators website.

So if you in Barcelona when the grand prix comes to town and are an avid F1 fan, or simply fancy seeing what all the fuss is about, why not make the trip to this magnificent stadium and witness this fast and exhilarating spectacle.

About the author

Samuel

Samuel Purnell is a journalism student living in Barcelona.

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