Spanish Grand Prix to run on faster circuit layout in 2023

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya’s final sector will revert to a design not used in Formula 1 since 2006. A chicane was introduced before the final corner in 2007 in an attempt to increase overtaking opportunities. F1 cars have changed significantly since 2006 and a new design philosophy introduced with rule changes last year allows cars to follow more closely through fast corners. The new design replaces a medium-speed right-hander followed by a tight chicane immediately before the final corner, with two corners that are expected to be taken well in excess of 150mph. To ensure the new corners meet safety requirements, impact-absorbing barriers will be installed at the final two corners.

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