Why Barcelona is F1's best test track

Why Barcelona is F1's best test track

That Formula 1 teams will test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya is a given, but why do they keep going there, year after year? Former grand prix racer and McLaren and Ferrari tester Pedro de la Rosa explains

Barcelona is possibly the teams' favourite test track in Europe at the moment. I love the track. At McLaren, my nickname was the Barcelona Bullet - I was quick there because I knew how the track would evolve during the day. Here is why I think teams keep heading back to the Circuit de Catalunya.


One of the main reasons it works so well as a test track is the combination of corners. Modern F1 tracks designed by Hermann Tilke do not feature long, constant-radius corners. They are slow-speed, 90-degree or hairpin turns.

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