How to get the most out of your experience at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix on May 7-9.
Please Note: This guide will be fully updated when the on-track schedule is announced, normally around 1 month before race weekend. All images © F1Destinations.com.
After six visits to the circuit for testing and the Spanish Grand Prix since 2016, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has quickly established itself as one of our favorite European circuits! The natural amphitheater layout of the circuit makes for great spectating, the weather is normally warm and sunny and the race weekend is well organized. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes for “Free Friday,” when there’s free access to almost all the grandstands. There is little shade in the General Admission areas and the majority of Grandstands are uncovered, so don’t forget to bring a hat and sunscreen.
Parking, Access & Orientation at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
- There is ample parking available next to the circuit (approximately 26 000 spaces.) If you are driving in, be sure to know in advance which parking is the closest to your seats and follow the signs to that zone. Three-day parking tickets can be bought along with your tickets for €18-20 EUR. If you are not organized in advance, it’s possible to buy parking tickets when you arrive at the circuit on Thursday or Friday. Check the map with the different parking zones and buy parking tickets here. Do not leave valuables in your car; break ins are quite common at the circuit.
- The highway system close to the circuit is well signposted and congestion is limited on Friday and Saturday. Allow a bit more time on Sunday to get in and out of the circuit due to the larger numbers of spectators on race day. For more information on getting to Circuit de Catalunya, read Getting Around.
- Seven gates provide entry for fans to Circuit de Catalunya. Check the circuit map to determine the best gate to enter based on where you will be siting. Remember that it is forbidden to bring in any glass or cans into the circuit.
- The circuit gates open at 1pm on Thursday and 8am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Spanish Grand Prix Schedule
The on-track schedule at the Spanish Grand Prix weekend normally features F1’s main feeder series, Formula 2 and Formula 3, as well as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. All these series are super competitive and should provide plenty of close racing. The schedule in Barcelona normally begins with a pIt lane walk and drivers’ autograph session for 3-day ticket holders on Thursday from 16:00-18:00. The schedule below is from 2019 and is provided for information purposes until the 2021 schedule is available.
- 09:15-10:00: Formula 3 practice
- 10:10-10:25: Historic F1 Demonstration
- 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
- 13:00-13:45: Formula 2 practice
- 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
- 16:55-17:25: Formula 2 qualifying
- 17:50-18:20: Formula 3 qualifying
- 18:45-19:30: Porsche Supercup practice
- 09:00-09:45: Formula 1 pitstop practice (pits)
- 10:15-11:00: Formula 3 first race (22 laps)
- 11:10-11:25: Historic F1 Demonstration
- 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
- 13:25-13:55: Porsche Supercup qualifying
- 14:00-14:30: Formula 2 drivers’ parade
- 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
- 16:40-17:45: Formula 2 feature race (37 laps)
- 10:15-11:00: Formula 3 second race (22 laps)
- 11:30-12:20: Formula 2 sprint race 2 (26 laps)
- 12:45-13:20: Porsche Supercup race (14 laps)
- 13:30-14:00: F1 drivers’ track parade
- 14:00-14:15: Starting Grid Presentation
- 15:10-17:10: Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix (66 laps)
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Facilities
- The quality, value for money and selection of food on offer at Circuit de Catalunya is widely agreed by fans to just about the worst at any race in Europe. Visit a supermarket before you go to the track to stock up on food and drinks, but remember that you won’t get into the circuit with glass or cans and that alcohol is prohibited inside the circuit. Water and soft drinks cost around €4 for 500ml with food starting at approx €8 for fast food such as hamburgers and hot dogs, more for pasta or other full meals. If you want a real beer and something to eat, you’ll find bars and food trucks just outside most entrance gates (gate 1 and 6 for example); it’s no problem to get a pass out and come back to the circuit.
- There are plenty of toilet facilities that are generally well maintained and cleaned regularly throughout the weekend.
- The new and improved F1 Village is located behind the Main Grandstand in the Eastern (yellow) section of the circuit. Fans can purchase merchandise from their favourite team as well as check out the displays from major sponsors or have something to eat or drink. The Boulevard of Champions (Avinguda dels Campions) is also located in this area, where you can see plaques commemorating the World Championship winning drivers (and Moto GP riders) who have competed at the circuit over the past 20-odd years.
- Live commentary is available trackside over the whole F1 weekend in May. The frequency for English and French commentary is 103 FM and for Spanish and Catalan, 103.2 FM. Alternatively, with an internet enabled smart phone you can access live timing with the F1 app.