2019 Spanish Grand Prix Trackside Guide

Everything you need to know before heading to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix on 9-12 May, including the full on-track schedule.

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The Tribute that Never Happened

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna, who were tragically killed during the weekend of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, the organizers of the Spanish Grand Prix are planning a series of tributes this weekend in their honour. The 'tribute that never happened' refers to the fact that Ayrton Senna was carrying an Austrian flag in his overalls when he was killed - the Brazilian driver was planning to pay tribute to Roland Ratzenberger on the podium at San Marino before his own tragic accident during the race. A special flag will be flying this weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (half Brazilian, half Austrian) to remember Senna and Ratzenberger and additional activities are planning in Barcelona and at the circuit. Learn more here.

Thursday & Friday Activities

F1 Experiences' trackside activities kick off for Starter, Trophy, Hero and Premier Ticket Package holders on Thursday evening with an Exclusive Pit Lane Walk, Guided Track Tour and photo op with the Championship trophies. There's also various other activities at the track on Thursday afternoon for holders of 3-day tickets to the event, including a public pit lane walk, drivers' autograph session (TBC) and karting demonstration on the Main Straight.

After the on-track action finishes on Friday,  Trophy & Hero guests will experience F1 Insider Access, a unique behind-the-scenes tours of the faciilities at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya include a meeting with Safety Car Driver Bernd Mayländer and a photo op on the top step of the F1 Podium. A Paddock Club Reception with a very special guest follows. Local hero Carlos Sainz Jr. from McLaren will be joining us for a Q&A.

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F1 Fanzone

Situated behind the Main Grandstand, the F1 Fanzone in Spain will be a hub of activity all weekend long. Compare your fitness against the F1 drivers and take part in other interactive games such as eSports and the F1 Pitstop Challenge. If you are visiting with kids, check out the Family Village, which is located near the former heliport and the forest area. Various activities and performances will be taking place over the course of the weekend for F1’s youngest fans.

After the action finishes on Saturday afternoon, the Fan Forum kicks off at 18:00 on the stage in the F1 Fanzone and there’s even the opportunity to Run the Track from 19:00 on Saturday evening (but you need to sign up here in advance). Finally, the on-track invasion of fans takes place as soon as the race is over. The organizers normally open the gates at either end of the Main Grandstand to let the fans stream on to the track. Click here to learn more about the trackside activities planned at the circuit this year.

On-Track Action

The on-track schedule at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix includes the three main support categories that will be featured at most races on the European F1 calendar this year, including the first races of the year for FIA Formula 3 and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The FIA Formula 2 series will also be staging two races over the course of the weekend, which are not to be missed! The Formula 1 action kicks off with two 90-minute practice sessions on Friday, a further 60-minute practice session before qualifying on Saturday afternoon and the race itself, which starts at 15:10 on Sunday.

Thursday, 9 May

Promoter Activity Historic F1 Demonstration 15:00-15:15
Promoter Public Pit Lane Walk for 3-Day Ticket Holders 16:00-18:30
Formula 1 F1 Drivers' Autograph Session (TBC) 16:00-18:00
Promoter Activity Kids Karting with F1 Drivers 18:00-18:30
F1 Experiences Exclusive Pit Lane Walk & Drive the Track Tour

Friday, 10 May

FIA Formula 3 Practice 09:15-10:00
Promoter Activity Historic F1 Demonstration 10:10-10:25
Formula 1 Practice (FP1) 11:00-12:30
FIA Formula 2 Practice 13:00-13:45
Formula 1 Practice (FP2) 15:00-16:30
FIA Formula 2 Qualifying 16:55-17:25
FIA Formula 3 Qualifying 17:50-18:20
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice 18:45-19:30

Saturday, 11 May

Formula 1 Pit Stop Practice 09:00-09:45
FIA Formula 3 Feature Race  (22 laps or 40 mins) 10:15-11:00
Promoter Activity Historic F1 Demonstration 11:10-11:25
Formula 1 Practice (FP3) 12:00-13:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying 13:25-13:55
FIA Formula 2 Drivers' Parade 14:00-14:30
Formula 1 Qualifying 15:00-16:00
FIA Formula 2 Feature Race  (37 laps or 60 mins) 16:40-17:45
Formula 1 Fan Forum (F1 Fanzone) 18:00-19:00
Promoter Activity  Run the Track  19:00-20:00

Sunday, 12 May

FIA Formula 3 Sprint Race (17 laps or 30 mins) 10:15-11:00
FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race  (26 laps or 45 mins) 11:30-12:20
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (14 laps or 30 mins) 12:45-13:20
Formula 1 Drivers' Parade 13:30-14:00
Formula 1 Starting Grid Presentation 14:00-14:15
Formula 1 National Anthem 14:56-14:58
Formula 1 2019 Spanish Grand Prix 15:10-17:10


Please note that the event schedule is subject to change. Please check Formula1.com for full schedule and updates, or download the “F1 Grand Prix” app for iOS or Android.