Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
The Barcelona circuit is one of the most technical and challenging tracks in the championship. In many ways, it is a one-off with its long, steady-state turns, ascents, descents, slow turns and very abrasive asphalt. Weight-bearing tyres on fast turns (especially the front left) are subject to considerable stress. The very long straight leading up to the deceleration of the first turn allows the more skilful drivers to take advantage of the slipstream of the cars in front. The very long turn 3 is one of the points where you can earn valuable tenths of a second. Here, the drivers need to set a single line, so that the car moves smoothly without losing speed. This bend is also tricky because it is uphill, and the drivers feel the lateral acceleration on their bodies. We also shouldn't underestimate the Campsa corner, a high-speed right turn, which is crucial ahead of the short return straight. After this, the drivers can attempt an attack before entering the mixed and very technical final part from turns 10 to 15. To make the most of the long straight for overtaking, drivers need to perform a perfect exit from this series of corners, broken up by very short stretches.