From May 12 to 14, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host the 5th race of the 2017 World Formula 1 Championship. Located in Montmeló, the circuit was inaugurated on September 10, 1991 and 19 days later it hosted its first Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Just recently, in February and March, the Catalunya track was stage to eight days of testing during which the single-seaters drove for a total of more than 34,000 km.
It was the perfect bench test for the state-of-the-art Brembo braking systems, which include a brand new brake caliper and thicker discs (32 mm compared to 28 mm in 2016) that come with 1,400 ventilation holes. The level of grip on the track continues to be very high, as demonstrated by the wear on the tires.
The strong winds, which forced Fernando Alonso off track during testing in 2015, combined with the 1,074 meters main straightaway and other smaller straights allow for efficient thermal dissipation between one braking section and another.
According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 20 tracks in the World Championship on a scale of 1 to 10, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya falls into the category of circuits presenting medium difficulty for the brakes.
The Spanish track earned a 7 on the difficulty index, which is the same score given to the tracks in Monaco and Sepang, as well as the Hungaroring.