Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya opened its doors today to welcome fans once again for another edition of the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2022. It has done so with an afternoon designed for motor racing fans to enjoy again the premier class of motor racing in the closest and most exciting way possible.
The pit lane visit, known as the ‘Pit Walk’, gathered gathered a total of 6.872 people on this first day at the Circuit. Although there was no activity on the track, Thursday was a chance to relive the magic of Formula 1, something that hasn’t happened since 2019. Just a few metres from the pits, fans were able to stroll around and admire the completely transformed pit garages. In addition, they have stepped on a part of the track that is totally restricted during the GP, the location where the cars enter and exit the track or make their stops during the races, the pit lane.
This year, the FIA Formula One World Championship presents a new event format, concentrating all the action in three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With the sports facilities fully prepared to host the sixth round of the F1 World Championship, the Circuit did not want to miss the opportunity and opened its doors one day earlier for the fans to make up for lost time.
Despite not getting into the car until tomorrow, the drivers have already been seen in the paddock of the Circuit. Some of them to attend media commitments and others to have a first meeting with their teams in order to prepare for the GP. Especially eagerly awaited was the presence of the names of the weekend, Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso, who will be racing at home in front of their home fans.
More opportunities to get closer to the weekend’s protagonists
The thousands of fans who have purchased their tickets for the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2022 will have more opportunities to get up close and personal with their idols and relevant personalities from the world of motorsport.
Tomorrow, Friday, in the Fan Forum (public area behind the Main Grandstand), a talk will take place at 12:20 p.m., hosted by journalist Josep Lluís Merlos, with the presence of a luxury cast: Marc Gené, Pedro de la Rosa, Luís Pérez-Sala, Dani Clos and Andy Soucek. In the afternoon, at 3 p.m. to be precise, the home drivers of the W Series will take to the stage: Belén García, Nerea Martí and Marta García.
On Saturday, more interviews will take place at the same location, but this time with the drivers of the premier class. The drivers will come out on stage in teams, two by two. They will start with Red Bull (10.25 a.m.), followed by McLaren (10.35 a.m.), Alpha Tauri (10.45 a.m.), Alfa Romeo (10.55 a.m.), Haas (11.05 a.m.), Mercedes (11.15 a.m.), Aston Martin (11.25 a.m.), Williams (11.30 a.m.), Ferrari (11.35 a.m.) and Alpine (11.40 a.m.). Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso will therefore be appearing in the last two runs.
Tomorrow’s track activity will be frenetic. At 9.30 a.m., the free practice sessions will start with Formula 3, W Series and Formula 2. At 2.00 p.m. it will be the turn of the premier class, which will start again for FP2 at 5.00 p.m. From 3.30 p.m. onwards, the support championships will start with qualifying practices, with the W Series being the competition that will end the day at 7.55 p.m.
Access to the Circuit
All the gates of the Circuit will open tomorrow from 8 a.m., as well as all ticket offices. It is recommended to arrive at the facilities by public transport in order to avoid crowds of vehicles. It is worth remembering that this year there will be no physical sale of parking tickets upon arrival at the Circuit, but only those users who have previously bought their tickets at the Circuit website will be able to access.
A sustainable management of the Grand Prix
The Circuit will promote a wide range of actions within the framework of its 3C management philosophy (conscience, commitment and coherence) in sustainability, integrating the social, economic and environmental aspects. Under the slogan “Driving for a better future”, it works to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UNEP Agenda 2030. These include the use of 100% renewable energy, the donation of food, the use of 0 km gastronomic products, waste management, sustainable forestry care of the Circuit environment or the use of circular economy to fund it with other sustainable actions.