After the phantasmagoric first edition of the Miami GP, Formula 1 returns to Europe for the Spanish GP, which will be held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the 32nd year running. According to Brembo engineers, it is one of those tracks with a medium level of difficulty for brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it is rated 3 on the difficulty index, the same as the completely different city tracks of Monaco and Miami.
At the end of February, the Catalan track hosted the winter tests which several drivers and teams took part in over the three days it was held. The track grip level is always very high for the GPs and the circuit layout and the 1,047 meter (0.6 mile) straight section allow efficient thermal exchange between one braking episode and the next.