Formula 1 Barcelona Fan Village opens its doors ahead of Grand Prix

Free event gathers activities and F1 simulators at Catalan capital's Port Vell harbor

Several people testing the F1 simulators at Formula 1 Barcelona Fan Village on May 26, 2023
Several people testing the F1 simulators at Formula 1 Barcelona Fan Village on May 26, 2023 / Emma Monrós

Emma Monrós | Barcelona

May 26, 2023 08:48 PM

May 26, 2023 09:42 PM

Formula 1 fans have begun to get a taste of the racing competition at the Barcelona Fan Village located in Port Vell, next to the city’s port as the Spanish GP in Montmeló, located outside Barcelona, approaches. 

The event is free to the public and is open from May 26 until June 3. 

The Village wants to connect the Mediterranean city with the adrenaline of the racing event. To do so, fans that come to the Barcelona Fan Village can try various F1 experiences such as the driver reflex-light panels, training the reflexes like a sportsperson, or the F1 Blast Lane, to imitate the sensation that the drivers and their cars experience when they enter the wind tunnels. 

F1 Fans Barcelona Village is on until next week, when the Formula 1 Spanish GP will take place / Emma Monrós

“I have been following F1 races for about 10 years and it is a privilege to try one of the simulators. It was a lot of fun and very competitive as well,” an F1 fan from Ireland mentioned to Catalan News. 

As fans visit the Village and try the F1-themed activities, they are getting ready for the Spanish GP to take place on June 4 in the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit

"[The F1 simulator] is a lot of fun. It's quite realistic, it's on the Formula 1 game, which is realistic on itself. You have the pedals, the steering wheel...," says a visitor from Ireland / Emma Monrós

Apart from the experiences that the Barcelona Fan Village offers, F1 followers can also expect entertainment from DJs on the stage and Catalan traditional folk performances such as castellers and capgrossos.

Formula 1 has been held at the Catalan facility north of the capital for 32 years in a row.