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Valencia Street Circuit

Circuit info

Location: Valencia, Spain
Laps: 29
Circuit Type: Street
Circuit Length: 5.419KM
Qualifying Record: 1:32:336 - WebbyMoto (Red Bull), Season #5
Lap Record: 1:34.074.807 - Ghost (Williams), Season #5

A seven-year deal to bring the European Grand Prix to Valencia was signed in 2007 between Bernie Ecclestone and promoters Valmor Sport Group, headed by ex-motorcyclist Jorge Martinez Aspar. The deal came despite Ecclestone previously insisting no European country should host more than one grand prix a season (Barcelona hosts the Spanish race).

The new road circuit is based in Valencia's harbour area which was heavily rebuilt as a home for the America's Cup Yacht race which was hosted by the city in 2007 and 2009.

There seems to be an unwritten rule in modern F1 that you can't design a new circuit without the expertise of Herman Tilke, and Valencia is no exception. He designed infrastructure and buildings including a 140-metre long swing bridge that links the two sides of the harbour and allows the track to make the best use of the natural features. Although essentially a road course, the designers have tried to incorporate all the safety features of a permanent circuit.

The circuit was tested for F1 by running a meeting at the end of July 2008 which featured Spanish F3 and International GT's; the F3 race was won by new local F1 hero Jamie Alguersuari. The first grand prix was held nearly a month later, and was won by Ferrari's Felipe Massa from pole.

Ticket sales for the race were sluggish for the second race in 2009 but were stimulated on the news that Michael Schumacher would return to F1 to deputise for the injured Massa. The organisers refused to refund tickets after he cancelled his comeback. In 2010 the attendance fell from a high of 112,000 two years earlier to 75,000, leading to speculation the costs may lead to the organisers seeking to get out of their deal with Ecclestone.

Previous F1 Race Results - European Grand Prix

Season Race Date Winning Driver Team Laps
9 Season #10 European Grand Prix - Race 2 April 17th, 2016 Australia kikz Great Britain McLaren Honda 17
8 Season #7 European Grand Prix May 19th, 2013 Australia Schmeval India Force India 29
7 Season #6 European Grand Prix November 25th, 2012 Australia Schmeval Great Britain McLaren 29
6 Season #5 European Grand Prix May 20th, 2012 Australia WebbyMoto Austria Red Bull 29
5 Season #4 European Grand Prix November 27th, 2011 Australia bobaj0r Great Britain McLaren 29
4 Season #3 European Grand Prix June 5th, 2011 New Zealand Flouncy India Group Force India 23
3 Season #2 European Grand Prix February 26th, 2011 Australia Atomic Lambo India Force India 23
2 Season #1 European Grand Prix October 17th, 2010 Australia Ghost Great Britain Lotus 12

F1 Driver Stats - European Grand Prix

Driver Races 1st 2nd 3rd Podiums Poles Fastest Avg Grid Avg Pos Points
1 Australia Schmeval 2 2 0 0 2 1 2 2.0 1.0 50
2 Australia Atomic Lambo 9 1 1 2 4 0 0 5.4 5.4 111
3 Australia kikz 6 1 1 1 3 1 2 3.3 4.8 85
4 New Zealand Flouncy 9 1 1 0 2 2 0 5.8 7.2 89
5 Australia Ghost 7 1 0 1 2 1 1 5.6 5.7 88
6 Australia bobaj0r 3 1 0 1 2 1 0 3.3 2.7 54
7 Australia Parkour 3 1 0 1 2 1 1 6.0 2.7 52
8 Australia WebbyMoto 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.0 3.5 33
9 Australia Eradicator 8 0 2 0 2 0 0 7.4 6.8 73
10 Australia ToF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 3.7 7.0 22
11 Australia beef supreme 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 6.0 7.0 18
12 Australia Loose 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 2.0 6.0 18
13 Poland Preyst 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 7.0 8.7 18
14 Australia Silicnt 4 0 0 2 2 0 0 8.3 6.5 36
15 Australia Ploddy 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 7.0 6.0 17
16 Australia Flukey 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 4.0 24
17 Australia steve088 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.5 6.0 16
18 Australia rogue eclipse 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.5 6.0 16
19 Australia Modz 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.3 9.0 16
20 Australia E.T. 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.8 8.0 16
21 Australia Oz1098S 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.5 7.0 12
22 Australia Fredzfrog 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.5 7.0 12
23 Australia Primoxtremo 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.5 8.0 10
24 Australia roxas3sora3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 7.5 10
25 Australia DaZzA 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 6.0 8
26 Australia Intense 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 8.5 7
27 Australia bushipoo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 7.0 6
28 Australia MrTran 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.0 8.0 4
29 Australia Slizzer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 8.0 4
30 Australia Krispy 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 8.0 4
31 Australia BreakerMorant 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.5 10.0 4
32 Australia Cleadge 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 10.0 2
33 New Zealand 888 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 10.5 2
34 Australia st8smn350 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 10.0 1
35 Australia Jasegp 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.0 10.0 1
36 Australia NightKid 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 11.0 0
37 Australia nobody813 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 13.0 0

Previous GP2 Race Results - European Grand Prix

Season Race Date Winning Driver Team Laps
3 Season #3 European Grand Prix May 19th, 2013 Australia Jasegp Italy Toro Rosso 29
2 Season #2 European Grand Prix November 25th, 2012 Australia milky Great Britain Mercedes 29
1 Season #1 European Grand Prix May 20th, 2012 Australia Modz Germany Mercedes 29

GP2 Driver Stats - European Grand Prix

Driver Races 1st 2nd 3rd Podiums Poles Fastest Avg Grid Avg Pos Points
1 Australia Modz 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1.0 1.0 30
2 Australia milky 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.0 1.0 27
3 Australia Jasegp 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1.0 1.0 25
4 Australia roxas3sora3 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 3.5 2.5 38
5 Australia Ploddy 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 3.3 3.7 45
6 Great Britain SOJ 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1.0 2.0 23
7 Australia millen 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 2.5 3.0 33
8 Australia rogue eclipse 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.7 5.3 32
9 Australia nobody813 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.5 5.5 19
10 Australia Toggsie 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 7.5 12
11 Australia E.T. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 6.0 8
12 Australia iM Amril intel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 6.0 8
13 Australia PessimistPrime 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 7.0 6
14 Australia petevo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 8.0 4
15 Sweden Effing Sea 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.0 8.0 4
16 Australia Fredzfrog 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.5 9.0 4
17 Australia thisisaverylongname 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 10.0 1