The spectacle of Formula 1 in Spain
Spanish sport is onto a good thing. Fernando Alonso is not only the youngest two-time Formula 1 champion ever, but is also largely responsible for the huge motor-racing following that has been unleashed in Spain. Come and see for yourself: you can experience all the excitement of a Grand Prix, find out how teams prepare for the race, or, better still, become the star of the circuit yourself.
Spectacular starts, overtaking manoeuvres right on the edge, dizzy speeds and a world champion called Fernando Alonso. The brilliant performance of Spanish drivers in the Formula 1 Championship has meant there are more and more fans of the sport here every day. This international competition is the toughest, and there is only room for the best. People in Spain live it with real passion. Come and share it with us and enjoy Formula 1 to the full.
Racing cars in action
The Formula 1 World Championship comes to Spain with the Spanish Grand Prix. It lasts for three intense days, and there is a very special atmosphere. The stands are overcome with the desire to enjoy the stunning spectacle of the fastest cars in the world. Fans come from all over, dressed in the colours of their team, flying flags in support of their favourite drivers and waving banners of encouragement. Meanwhile, the wait for the race start is made more enjoyable by a visit to the pit-lane, the official team shops or the bars and restaurants to be found within the circuit. Giant screens are installed all around the track so you will not miss a single detail of the race and the classification stages beforehand.
If you want to see the world's best drivers in action, then you should make your preparations well in advance, given that last year all the tickets were sold out three weeks before the race. The Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix is held at the Circuit de Catalunya (some 30 kilometres from Barcelona). Spectators with a pass for all three days will also have access to the pit area, with the chance to get a close look at the frenetic activity and the spectacular single-seaters.
Training sessions and races
Formula 1 in Spain is more than just the Grand Prix. Many teams choose Spanish racing circuits to train, test prototypes and prepare for the following season. These preparatory sessions are open to the public, and you can attend for a reasonable price (3-5 Euro). The legendary Jerez Circuit in Cadiz province and, of course, the Catalonia Circuit are regular names in the big teams' diaries. The latter venue even organises guided tours of the facilities on these days.
Would you like to get to know the rising stars of Formula 1? If so, you should not miss the F-3 races held in Spain. This category is the stepping stone to Formula 1 and you can often see races at circuits like Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Jarama in Madrid and the Albacete circuit. If you prefer to be the protagonist, and feel the excitement at the wheel for yourself, be sure to sign up for one of the open sessions that the circuits often organise throughout the year. You can also rent the circuit for a day: prices vary according to the time of the season and include complementary services like pit stops. In Spain, cars and speed come together, giving you the chance to live the most exciting of experiences. Don't wait any longer - the lights are green.
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