Jerez 448

Jerez

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.

Country
Spain
Location
Torre Melgarejo, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia
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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.

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.6209 (Miles)

Description

Original circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Ayrton Senna (McLaren MP4/5B-Honda), 1m18.387, 120.368 mph, F1, 1990

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Riccardo Patrese (Williams FW13B-Renault), 1m24.513, 111.643 mph, F1, 1990

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.748 (Miles)

Description

Curva Sito Pons and new back straight built

Fastest Race Lap

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.752 (Miles)

Description

Ayrton Senna chicane built for car racing

Fastest Race 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

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Williams FW19-Renault), 1m23.135, 119.145 mph, F1, 1997

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