Need to Know: 2022 Spanish Grand Prix

Round 6 of the 2022 Formula 1 season takes place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix on May 20-22.

Formula 1 has been visiting the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since 1991, with the 2022 event set to be the 32nd Spanish Grand Prix held at the venue. In November 2021, the circuit secured a new deal with Formula 1 which will see the event remain on the calendar until at least 2026.

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.

Sell out crowd expected

The 2022 Spanish Grand Prix is a sell-out event according to the promoter, though a limited number of tickets remain available through our ticket shop. Additional grandstand seats were put on sale in April due to the demand for tickets. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was last open to a full house of fans in 2019, with just 1,000 in attendance on race day last year due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

160,000 were in attendance last time the circuit gates were open to all fans in 2019. That figure was down 10,000 on the previous year; in part due to Fernando Alonso’s absence from the grid. With Spain’s only champion now back on the grid and Carlos Sainz in a front-running Ferrari, there’ll be plenty of home support at the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.

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!

Trackside at the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix

There’s a full roster of support race action at the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix. Formula 2 and Formula 3 will contest two races each over the weekend, while the all-female W Series will race on Saturday. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

You can take advantage of “Free Friday”, where your ticket allows you access to most grandstands for free to watch the practice action. Also returning this year is the Thursday evening pit lane walk, which is open for free to all 3-day ticket holders. 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.

Want to start planning your trip to the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix? Check out our extensive Spanish Grand Prix travel guide.

Fan village in Barcelona

In 2022, there will be a special exhibition in Barcelona celebrating the Spanish Grand Prix weekend. Located at the old harbour of Barcelona – Port Vell – the event is free to attend. Titled “Village Barcelona&Circuit”, there will be family-friendly events across the weekend.

Pedro de la Rosa’s 1999 Arrows Formula 1 car will be on display, there’ll be a pit stop and trophy exhibition plus an opportunity to attempt changing tyres on a single seater yourself! The event will be complemented with live music, a giant screen and merchandise stalls.

The event is open from 12:00-21:00 each day, opening an hour earlier on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday evening, at 18:30, there will be a Formula 1 discussion panel featuring journalist Josep Lluís Merlos, former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa and former team manager Joan Villadelprat amongst others.

Want to start planning your trip to the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix? Check out our extensive Spanish Grand Prix travel guide.

19 thoughts on “Need to Know: 2022 Spanish Grand Prix”

  1. Hi,
    What’s the situation with bringing water and food into the circuit? I’ve read your piece that says Barcelona has some of the worst out of all the GPs so can we bring in as much water and food as we want? Also, can we use like proper water bottles or do they have to be clear, plastic bottles?
    Thanks very much,
    Eoin

  2. Alexandra Carrier

    Do you know how to book parking for the pit Lane walk on Thursday? We have a 3 day GA ticket with parking, but there doesn’t seem to be any mention of parking on Thursday! Thanks in advance

    1. You will be allowed on the track for the podium ceremony, but normally not to walk around the whole track. Need to wait and see if it is opened up this year

  3. Do i have to pick up a bracelet that allows me to get into the circuit ? Where can I pick them ?

    1. Most races are digital now, including Spain. I think some larger races like Silverstone still decide to produce a physical programme, but I’m not sure yet about this year

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