A lap around the revised Barcelona track with Alonso
Fernando Alonso describes the Barcelona circuit, including the impact of the new alterations to the track.
"The Barcelona circuit is my home track and there is always a really good turn out from the Spanish fans, which makes it a very special race for me.
"Also we test here a lot, so all the drivers know it very well so basically we could do a lap here with our eyes shut. Nevertheless the circuit is very good, for testing as well as for racing. Recent modification shown left.
"For the car this is a very demanding circuit both aerodynamically and on the engine side but is very complete from a technical perspective.
"We normally run the hardest tire compounds of the year here as it can be very hard on them; also they tend to suffer from a lot of front and rear wear and even front graining is characteristic of Barcelona. There are a lot of high speed corners, which are very demanding on the tires.
"This year will be very interesting as they have introduced a new chicane before the last corner. I will miss the final two corners, because as I driver I prefer the high speed turns which are more fun to drive, however it should enable us to get a good slip stream onto the main straight and have a go at overtaking onto Turn One, which is always a good thing.
"One of the downsides of Barcelona is that overtaking has always been very difficult, as the two corners that led onto the main straight were always very high speed and it was difficult to get a tow and get close to the guy in front.
"This will now change and it will be much better for the spectators and even for the drivers as we all want more opportunities for overtaking.
"It is a great track, although it can be demanding on the right-hand side of the neck for the driver, it is a Grand Prix that I always look forward to."