Formula One European Grand Prix Valencia

 

Formula One European Grand Prix Valencia

The Valencia Street Circuit is a semi-permanent Formula One race circuit in Valencia, Spain which will host the European Grand Prix for seven years, and is sponsored by the Spanish telephone company, Telefónica.

Valencia hosted the European Formula 1 Grand Prix for the first time in on 24 August 2008, with Felipe Massa winning after starting from pole position. The race takes place on the streets of the city around the port area rather than at the racetrack on the outskirts of Valencia, on the Valencia Street Circuit, a
semi-permanent Formula One race circuit . The circuit utilizes the roads around the port citys port area – including a section over a 140 metre long swing bridge, and also includes some roads designed exclusively for racing purposes by the German architect Hermann Tilke who also designed the infrastructural buildings for the circuit.

The Valencia Street Circuit is framed by the Grao area and more specifically will pass through the inner docks of the port, the port and the old bed of the Turia River. The track is 5.5 km long and 14 metres wide. The highly resistant asphalt will have no manhole covers.

The 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia took place on 24 June and was the last to go under the name of the European Grand Prix. It has not been used since 2013 after a deal fell through to alternate this venue with Catalunya in Barcelona to host the Spanish Grand Prix.

 

Formula One European Grand Prix Valencia Street Circuit

Formula One European Grand Prix Valencia

The start straight and the pits are located in port stall no. 4. The Pit Lane is parallel to the track and its return occurs 680 metres after the finishing line. The circuit continues around the dock in a clockwise direction and then crosses the Foredek Paseo de las Palmeras before arriving at North Marina, where it crosses the dock access canal via a swing bridge and arrives at the South
Marina. The route will then pass along the edge of the quay, until it reaches Astilleros port where it edges around the old bed of the Turia River and heads towards Avenida de Francia. Finally it crosses Avenida Ingeniero Manuel Soto and enters the home straight within the port area.

Valencia Street Circuit Specifications

Number of laps 57
Total length 5,473km
Race length 310,080km
Estimated time per lap 1 min 37 s
Estimated maximum speed 323,3km/h
Estimated minimum speed 95,2km/h
Estimated average speed 201,3Km/h
Length of Pit Lane 657m
Length of service roads 3.824m
Minimum width on home straight 15m
Minimum width on rest of track 12m
Number of corners / bends 25

Formula One European Grand Prix Valencia

 

Spectator Viewing Areas and Grandstands

Main Viewing Area:
Grandstands P1, P2, P3, P4, P5 and Accessible Grandstand
Gate principal D: C. Juan Verdeguer
Access by bus: lines 1, 2, 4
Access by metro and tram: lines 4, 5, 6

Malvarrosa Area:
Grandstand M1
Gate Malvarrosa E: Calle Doctor Marcos Sopena
Grandstands M2 and general admission.
Gate VELES E VENTS: Calle Doctor Marcos Sopena
Grandstands M3, M4, M5, M6, M7
Gate Malvarrosa F: Calle Doctor Marcos Sopena
Access by bus: lines 1, 2, 4
Access by metro and tram: lines 4, 5, 6

Nazaret Area:
Grandstands N2, N3, N4
Gate Nazaret B: Avenida del Ingeniero Manuel Soto
Access by bus: lines 3, 4, 30
Access by metro and tram: lines 4, 5, 6

Grao Area:
Grandstands G1, G2, G3, G4, G5
Gate Grao C: Avenida de Francia
Access by bus: line 19
Access by metro and tram: line 5

Valencia has an extensive urban transport network with buses, metro and trams that you can use to access the different entrances to the circuit. Should you decide to come by car, there will also be parking areas available close to the circuit.

The Spanish Grand Prix continues to take place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

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