Formula 1 drivers knowthe Circuitde Catalunya like the back of their hand. As Formula1’s winter test venue of choice, drivers will spend hundreds of hours and thousands of laps circulating the home of the Spanish Grand Prix. But that doesn’t meanit’s easy. There as on why the Circuite Catalunya is such a popular pre-season development haunt is that it tests every aspect of a Formula1 car’s performance, particularly the aerodynamics.

A car that goes well here will in variably go well at most other circuits.The long main straight which heads into the tight first chicane–the best overtakings poton the track–is balanced with long sweeping corners that call for high downforce, so Lewis, Jenson and the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team will be looking for the best of speed and grip…


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