From May 10 to 12, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host the 5th race of the 2019 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 40,000 km (25,000 miles). It was the perfect bench test for the state-of-the-art Brembo braking systems.
The strong winds, which forced Fernando Alonso off track during testing in 2015, combined with the 1,047 meters (0.65 miles) main straightaway and other smaller straights allow for efficient thermal dissipation between one braking section and another.
According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 tracks in the World Championship, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya falls into the category of circuits presenting medium difficulty for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 3 on the difficulty index.