Jerez

Jerez

Country:
Spain
Location:
Torre Melgarejo, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia
Description

Built near the sherry town of Jerez de la Frontera to host the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez is a slow circuit with excellent facilities. But it was too far from Spain’s major cities to attract more than a sprinkling of spectators in those pre-Fernando Alonso days. The most demanding section was behind the paddock, with two fast right-handers and little run-off area. It was here that Martin Donnelly crashed in qualifying for the 1990 race, prompting the Grand Prix to be moved to a new home near Barcelona. By the time Jerez hosted the 1994 European GP, a new chicane had been built at the site of Donnelly’s accident. In 1997 Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve clashed at Jerez as the Canadian clinched his only world title with Schumacher subsequently excluded from the championship for deliberately colliding with his rival.

Versions

1994

Official name:
Circuito de Jerez
Length:
2.7520 (miles)
Type:
Permanent road course
Start year:
1994
Fastest lap:
Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Williams FW19-Renault), 1m23.135, 119.145 mph, F1, 1997
Fastest qualifying lap:
Jacques Villeneuve (Williams FW19-Renault), Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F310B) and Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Williams FW19-Renault), all 1m21.072, 122.202 mph, F1, 1997
Description:
Ayrton Senna chicane built for car racing

1992

Official name:
Circuito de Jerez
Length:
2.7480 (miles)
Type:
Permanent road course
Start year:
1992
Description:
Curva Sito Pons and new back straight built

1986 - 1991

Official name:
Circuito de Jerez
Length:
2.6209 (miles)
Type:
Permanent road course
Start year:
1986
End year:
1991
Fastest lap:
Riccardo Patrese (Williams FW13B-Renault), 1m24.513, 111.643 mph, F1, 1990
Fastest qualifying lap:
Ayrton Senna (McLaren MP4/5B-Honda), 1m18.387, 120.368 mph, F1, 1990
Description:
Original circuit

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