Formula 1 isn’t just about the races – there is plenty of hard work which goes into the cars all year round. One of the most important times in the development of a Formula 1 car is when it hits the track to test how good the design really is. Testing is important in all motorsports, so if you are at the top of your game, you might as well do it in style.
And that’s where the Guadix Circuit comes in. Situated in Spain near the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Guadix circuit provides a stunning backdrop for the R&D teams from some of the most successful teams in the history of motor racing.
Recently, the Guadix circuit has been redesigned and improved. Headed by Clive Greenhaigh, an ex-racer and championship winning race owner with 30 years experience, the circuit now boasts two different track layouts, each being around 30km long. Both has a mix of slow, fast and multiple corners and has the highest quality, medium-abrasion tarmac available along with FIA approved concrete curbs. Extended run-off areas ensure the utmost safety whilst bikes and cars sustain the minimum of damage should they come off the track.
Of course, it’s not just the track that counts. Hundreds of people may descend onto the track area during testing – from drivers to engineers and technicians. To enable them to work at their peak, much care and attention has been lavished on the facilities around the circuit. The Guadix Circuit now has 1-0 fully enclosed pits along with 15 outer pits complete with sunshielded, secure privacy and night-time use, should you want it. As the track is secluded, it means that the circuit sees the most top-secret cars out on track, and with no noise restrictions, testing can take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.