The boys are back in town - Formula 1 returns to Valencia’s street circuit
Friday 17, June 2011
From 24 to 26 June, Valencia’s roads will be closed for the motoring onslaught. Spectators will watch from boats and harbour side locations as the city welcomes the big three; McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull back to their renowned street circuit.
Valencia’s street circuit is one of the longest tracks on the calendar and the fastest of the new street circuits. However, it is the atmosphere of the city that the Formula 1 drivers and teams really enjoy. Following this weekend’s action-packed Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal where Jenson Button triumphed after five hours of coverage; many drivers will be looking ahead to the might of Valencia, hoping for better results.
The European Grand Prix has been held in Valencia for the past three years with Felipe Massa, Rubens Barichello and Sebastian Vettel triumphing in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively. This year all eyes are still on Vettel; though Valencians will surely be backing Spanish favourite, Fernando Alonso for a win in his home country. Brit favourites Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have had mixed results in Valencia; with Lewis finishing 2nd for the past three years and Jenson finishing 3rd last year whilst also setting the fastest lap during the race.
Valencia is not only the European Capital of Sport for 2011, but also a leading cultural city-break and beach destination and an ideal location for Grand Prix tourists. The track passes straight through the port and right along the beach and the city offers plenty to those who love the jet set lifestyle with great bars and restaurants. Try the Barrio del Carmen area for dinner and late night drinks after enjoying a drink at Malvarrosa Beach. There are also several Michelin starred restaurants in the city, which is the birthplace of the famous Spanish dish, paella.
Culture buffs can enjoy a slice alongside their motorsport with ancient and modern architecture, numerous museums and galleries to visit. The City of Arts and Sciences is a must-see, with its unusual shape that curves along Valencia’s horizon.
Whatever the results of the Formula 1 championship after the Valencia race, the city, as a motorsport destination, promises Formula 1 cars in the most picturesque scenery, hot weather and Spanish hospitality.
For a chance to win a pair of European GP tickets; book accommodation, events, transport and activities through www.turisvalencia.com
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