Spanish Grand Prix 2016

Spanish Grand Prix 2016

As a fan of Formula 1 racing, I try to go to as many events as possible during the year. However, one of my favorite races to watch live is the Spanish Grand Prix, which is one of the best Formula 1 races of the year.

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Sebastian Vettel exiting the pits

Last year, my Spanish Grand Prix experience was very special because I got to experience it with my girlfriend Katerina, who came along to watch her first live Formula 1 race.

Spanish Grand Prix 2016

One of the best things about the Spanish Grand Prix is the fact that it is usually one of the best races of the year, and it also takes place in Barcelona, Spain, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This allows us fans to enjoy the race and have plenty to do once the race is over.

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Barcelona, Port Olimpic

At the Spanish Grand Prix, fans arrived at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, hours before the race started, and enjoyed some local food and refreshments. Katerina and I were seated at Granstand J, which I chose because I believe it provides the best view of the race.

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Spanish Grand Prix 2016, the view from Granstand J

If you have never been to the Spanish Grand Prix, Grandstand J is very popular because it overlooks one of the fastest areas of the track, and the cars pass by at an estimated 195mph, which means you get to hear the engines at their highest octane.

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The Ferrari running 2nd and 3rd

Another benefit of sitting in Grandstand J is the fact that the pit lane exit and the Rolex scoreboard tower are right next to the stands, so you get instant updates about the race leaders and get to see the race cars leaving the pit and get a feel for the drivers’ race strategy.

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The view from Grandstand J overlooking the pit lane exit and the Rolex scoreboard tower

Grandstand J also gives you a great view of the cars as they go through turns 6 and 7, and provides you with great access to the cars and drivers the other Grandstands don’t provide. From Grandstand J, you also have a clear view of the race, which is shown on a big screen next to the scoreboard tower.

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Grandstand J also gives you a great view of the cars as they go through turns 6 and 7

When I started watching Formula 1 races, I was a big Ferrari fan, and Michael Schumacher was my favorite driver. Since his retirement, I’ve been equally rooting for Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, who are my new favorite drivers.

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Kimi Räikkönen

Going into the Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg, who was the defending champion, was one of the favorites to win the race, and his teammate, fellow Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, took the pole position during qualifying.

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When the race started, Rosberg quickly took the lead from Hamilton after the first turn, and was defending his position when Hamilton tried to retake the lead, leading to Hamilton spinning off the track and colliding with Rosberg’s car, knocking both of them out of the race. The collision made it the first time since 2011 that two Mercedes drivers retired from a race after colliding with each other.

Spanish Grand Prix 2016

After the race, both Mercedes drivers apologized to the team for the crash but neither accepted blame for it, claiming the other driver was at fault. However, the Mercedes team’s misfortune was the Ferrari team’s fortune.

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Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel started the race in the fifth and sixth positions respectively, but the collision between Hamilton and Roseburg allowed them to quickly improve their positions. Both drivers put up a valiant effort but fell short and Max Verstappen eventually won the race.

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Spanish Grand Prix 2016, the view from Granstand J

Despite my favorite drivers being unable to win the race, it was still a great experience and it was fun watching Max Verstappen winning the race and becoming the youngest to ever win it at 18 years and 228 days old.

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Verstappen also set new records becoming the youngest driver to ever lead a Formula 1 race lap, breaking Sebastian Vettel’s record. Verstappen also became the first Dutchman to win a Grand Prix, and the youngest driver to score a podium finish.

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Spanish Grand Prix 2016, the view from Granstand J

Some of the fans sitting in Grandstand J were rooting for Verstappen, and came to the race with banners. Despite my favorites finishing second and third, it was still fun to watch them celebrate their favorite driver winning.

As a Formula 1 fan, I had a great experience at the Spanish Grand Prix, as did my girlfriend. For the Formula 1 fan who haven’t experienced the excitement of the Spanish Grand prix, you should check out my YouTube video from the race to get a feel for what the experience was like.

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