Need to Know: 2019 Spanish Grand Prix

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Round 5 of the 2019 F1 season takes place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, situated in Montmelo, just outside of Barcelona. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend on May 10-12, 2019!

Formula 1 has been visiting the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since 1991, but the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix could be the last, with the circuit yet to successfully negotiate a contract for 2020 onwards. With its status as one of the most visited cities in Europe, it’s no surprise that Barcelona, the closest city to the circuit, has a wealth of cultural draws. From beaches to a buzzing nightlife and the iconic Sagrada Familia, there’s plenty to see and do away from the track during your visit to the Spanish Grand Prix. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Catalunya for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

In recent seasons, the Spanish round of the championship has attracted in excess of 170,000 spectators, with the figure falling by 5,000 last year. With the absence of local hero Fernando Alonso, it will be interesting to see if the event remains as well attended with Carlos Sainz being the only Spaniard on the grid.

The Spanish Grand Prix falls around the mid-point in terms of affordability, offering the 10th cheapest General Admission tickets on the 2019 F1 calendar (which cost around 5% of the average monthly wage in Spain) and relatively affordable grandstands. With cheap flights from all over Europe and plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets in Barcelona and surrounds, the race remains popular with traveling fans.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Spanish Grand Prix!

What to look forward to at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix

The 2018 Spanish Grand Prix may not have been a classic, with Lewis Hamilton cruising to his third victory at the circuit, but the race does sometimes throw an unexpected result – such as Max Verstappen winning on his Red Bull debut in 2016, or Pastor Maldonado celebrating victory with Williams back in 2012. There’s plenty to keep you entertained this weekend on track, with the third round of the Formula 2 championship and the season-opening round of the all-new Formula 3 championship. You can read more about F1’s feeder series on our sister site, GPDestinations.com. The first round of the 2019 Porsche Supercup will also be part of the support bill for the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

Race organisers will once again offer a range of family entertainment over the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix weekend, with everything from human towers to graffiti artists and live music. You can read more about the venue’s entertainment plans for the weekend here. You can take advantage of “Free Friday”, where you’ll be able to access most grandstands for free to watch the practice action. Be aware of the circuit’s relatively hot and humid conditions, and be sure to bring sun cream and drink plenty of water – especially if you are sitting in an uncovered grandstand. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

Any questions about the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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