F1 Valencia Grand Prix Preview
Formula 1 heads to Valencia, Spain this weekend for the European Grand Prix.
Formula 1 heads to Valencia, Spain this weekend for the European Grand Prix. The Valencia circuit is a semi permanent street circuit, which will host the European Grand Prix for seven years. Valencia has hosted the European Grand Prix since 2008, with previous race winners being Felipe Massa in 2008, Rubens Barrichello in 2009 and Sebastian Vettel in 2010.The Valencia street circuit is a total distance of 3.367 miles long and runs for a total of 57 laps. The circuit incorporates a total of 25 turns with 11 right-handers and 14 left-handers, the track also has an estimated top speed of 201mph. Sebastian Vettel heads to Valencia leading the championship on 161 points with Jenson Button second on 101 points, and the McLaren driver will be looking to close that gap this weekend. Pirelli are to issue teams with the soft tyres and their new medium compound (white markings) tyres. Pirelli say that these tyres won’t be as durable as the hard tyres but will be quicker while still representing a significant step over the option (soft) tyre. Valencia over the past three years has been criticised for its lack of overtaking opportunities, with only four recorded overtakes in past F1 races. Hopefully this year though with DRS and KERS technology, the 2011 race will be more exciting.