Circuito de Jerez

Jerez de la Frontera

Circuit Details

Location:
Jerez de la Frontera
Type: 
Race
Turns: 
13
Direction: 
Clockwise
Capacity: 
125,000
Established: 
8 December, 1985 (All day)

Jerez History
 

Due to the hosting of the European Grand Prix in 1994, the circuit instituted safety changes from the 1990 configuration, including a new chicane (the Senna curve) at the corner where Martin Donnelly had an appalling accident during qualifying for the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix. Jerez also hosted the 1997 European Grand Prix, which was the championship decider between Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve, who collided during the race.

During the podium celebrations of the 1997 race, Jerez's Mayor Pedro Pacheco disrupted the podium celebrations by presenting a trophy that was supposed to be presented by a dignitary from Daimler-Benz. This incident resulted in the track being temporarily banned from hosting a Grand Prix. It has never hosted another Grand Prix, but remains one of the most popular venues for winter testing.

During 2005, the track was resurfaced. It was expected that the Champ Car World Series would race there in 2008 Champ Car World Series season until the series was cancelled early in the year after merging with the IndyCar Series.

The ciruit currently holds pre-season Formula One testing shared with the Circuit de Catalunya, also in Spain.



Source: Wikipedia