2014 F1 car lap record – 1:22.725
The 4.655Km circuit was constructed in 1991 is situated in Montemelo, Catalonia not far from the Spanish capital Barcelona. It hosted it’s first GP in the same year.
Despite the long straights the Circuit de Catalunya is not known for it’s overtaking with the modern cars creating so much downforce. In 2007 the final two corners (formally two sweeping right handers) were redesigned in an attempt to improve overtaking. This so far has not made any noticeable difference.
In terms of driving the circuit on the simulators here at Lets Race, the Circuit de Catalunya is one of the easier circuits on the calendar to learn and drive. The gravel is fairly deep in most places so try and avoid the gravel, build up slowly increasing the speed lap by lap. (you should do this on every track)
The first half of the track is very fast with all corners bar turn 5 (2nd gear) taken in 3rd gear. You then come full throttle down the back straight towards a very tricky braking zone for turn 10. The last sector is much more technical with the majority of the slower corners being taken in 1st or 2nd gear.
Particular places to look out for :
The braking zone into turn 5 is very bumpy, easy to lock a brake.
Turn 10, there are two bits of track which people often get confused about. The F1 track is the first left (the tighter of the two) on the inside of the red runoff area.
Please take a look at the on board video below.