Pre-season 2011 at Jerez, photo by Gil Abrantes

Pre-season testing 2011 at Jerez, photo by Gil Abrantes

While there has been little news on contracts for new races or news of new circuits in the close season, we do have the Formula One Pre-season tests to look forward to: starting in only two weeks time on the 5th of February.















The full pre-season test schedule is



Jerez 5-8th of February



Barcelona (Circuit de Catalunya) 19-22nd of February



Barcelona (Circuit de Catalunya) 28th February-March 3rd



You can read more about the Circuit de Catalunya here , and find out the best places to sit here. For Jerez though we thought you might want to know a little more.



Circuito de Jerez

Last the scene of a Grand Prix, and what a Grand Prix, in 1997 Jerez took the place of of the Portuguese Grand Prix, which was cancelled last minute by the Estoril Circuit. 1997 at Jerez was of course the scene of Schumacher’s unsuccessful lunge at Villenueve, that gave Jacques the title and led to Michael being excluded from the season’s results.



Jerez also hosted F1 Grand Prix from 1986, as a new circuit, to 1990 and again in 1994. Jerez is located quite remotely however meaning that Barcelona seemed a better Grand Prix venue in terms of accessibility, though the Circuito de Jerez draws a good sized crowd for Moto GP.
Teams find it a good place to test though as reasonably warm and dry weather is likely in February and it has a good range of corners including the hairpin and turn 11 chicane, tricky Curva Dry Sac (turn 6) and a long straight. There is also the first corner, a third gear right hand turn with a awkward up hill braking zone and blind apex.



January 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm by admin
Category: Circuit News