If there’s a circuit that an F1 driver knows well, it’s the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Located to the north of Montmeló, just south o f Granollers, 30km away from the Catalan capital of Barcelona, the 1991-built track has held 25 Spanish Grands Prix and countless test days over the years.
What’s Kev been doing?
After Russia I was training and recharging my batteries. The weather’s getting better so I’m doing some training outside, the sun is coming out and that’s a good thing. A nice change after training inside for the entire winter! I had a seat fit for the E20 on Thursday that I’m due to drive when you read this. Then on Monday before Barcelona I’m due back in the simulator.
It’s a good circuit and we’ve driven it so many times that everyone knows it very well, so it’s not so exciting from that perspective as there aren’t often any surprises.
It can offer some really good racing, then some years you have quite a dull race. I can remember when Williams took their last win: that was a really exciting race. You can see surprises here.
The reason Barcelona is a test track is because it has almost every type of corner. It has chicanes, it has fast corners, it has slow corners, it has big braking zones, it has corners when you prioritise speed on entry and it has corners where you focus on the exit: it has everything. It’s a perfect test track, but in anything it does have more high speed than low speed corners so you need a nicely balanced car and tyre wear can get a little bit tricky: you can’t really run the softest tyres there.
I won my World Series by Renault Championship there, which is always a good memory.
We always find ourselves in Spain with Formula 1, we do pre-season testing there a lot, whether it’s Jerez or Barcelona; it’s a country with a lot of good racing circuits. We always get great support from the fans.