The Circuit de Catalunya, also known as the Circuit de Barcelona, is a motor racing track located just north of Barcelona in Spain. Host to the Catalonia Grand Prix, the premier annual event is the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix.
The Circuit de Catalunya was built in 1991, and is regarded for its long straights and 16 different turns, keeping drivers alert constantly. Since the inaugural F1 Grand Prix race in 1991, where Nigel Mansell with Williams-Renault won, the Spanish Grand Prix has become a recognisable feature on the F1 calendar. With a 4.655 kilometre distance, the track is often used for testing, and is therefore very familiar among F1 drivers which has caused a certain amount of controversy.
During the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso took out the race, and became the first Spanish F1 driver to win at his country’s home circuit. The Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya track record is 1.21.670, set by Kimi Räikkönen with Ferrari in 2008. Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most number of wins by a driver at the Spanish Grand Prix, with six to his name.
The 2010 F1 World Championship Season
Grand Prix Name: Gran Premio De Espana Telefónica 2010
Race Date: 7th – 9th May 2010
Round Number: Five
Number Of Laps: 66