The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host the 5th race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season from 13 to 15 May. The track, located about twenty kilometres outside of Barcelona, hosted its first Formula 1 GP on 29 September 1991. At just 4,655 km-long, this is the shortest track in the season's initial phase, but it boasts an impressive number of curves (9 right-handed, 7 left-handed).
The teams and drivers are very familiar with this circuit since it was used for 8 days of testing prior to the beginning of this year's championship. The track's grip level remains high, however the 1,047-metre long main straightaway and other smaller straightaways allow for an effective thermal exchange between one braking section and the next.
According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 World Championship tracks on a scale of 1 to 10, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is in the category of tracks that present mid-level difficulty for the brakes. The Barcelona track earned a 6 on the difficulty index, which is equivalent to what the Shanghai and Mexico City circuits earned.