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Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto “Més que un club” (More than a club). Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the second most valuable sports team in the world, worth $3.2 billion, and the world’s fourth richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €484.6 million. The official Barcelona anthem is the “Cant del Barça”, written by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs.
Barcelona is one of the most supported teams in the world, and has the largest social media following in the world among sports teams. Barcelona’s players have won a record number of Ballon d’Or awards (10), as well as a record number of FIFA World Player of the Year awards (7). In 2010, the club created history when three players who came through its youth academy (Messi, Iniesta & Xavi) were chosen as the three best players in the world in the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, an unprecedented feat for players from the same football school.
Barcelona was one of the founding members of La Liga, and is one of three clubs which have never been relegated from the top division, along with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid. In 2009, Barcelona became the first Spanish club to win the continental treble consisting of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League, and also became the first football club to win six out of six competitions in a single year, completing the sextuple in also winning the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. In 2011, the club became European champions again and won five trophies. This Barcelona team, which reached a record six consecutive Champions League semi-finals and won 14 trophies in just four years under Pep Guardiola, is considered by some in the sport to be the greatest team of all time. In June 2015, Barcelona became the first European club in history to achieve a second continental treble.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is inspired by the values projected by the city of Barcelona. A model based on a cosmopolitan city that stands out due to its creativity, innovation, quality of life and due to its tradition and history. Formula Barcelona is a way of experiencing the world of motoring with vitality, warm-heartedness, positivism, transferring the model of the Mediterranean culture to everything surrounding the events at the Circuit: http://circuitdebarcelonacatalunya.com/documentos/carreras/RPF1v2aPROVAT%281%29.pdf
The foundation stone of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was laid on 24th February 1989, thanks to the efforts of the Consortium made-up by the Catalan Government, the Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya (RACC) and the Montmeló Town Council.
Previously, on 3rd October 1986, the Catalan Parliament had unanimously approved a proposal (not a law) urging the Executive Council to “coordinate the respective bodies with the aim of making a study and joining efforts to create a new permanent racetrack”.
Five days after the official inauguration, on 10th September 1991, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosted the first official race, the Spanish Touring Car Championship, with the victory of former F1 Spanish driver Lluís Pérez-Sala. On 29th September 1991 the 35th Spanish F1 Grand Prix was held after seventeen years of absence in Catalonia, and the Motorcycling World Championship arrived one month later with the Grand Prix of Europe, the name of which was changed to Grand Prix of Catalonia from 1995 onwards.
During all of these years of activity, the Circuit has witnessed the best international motor sports events, alternating with national championships or outstanding events such as endurance races.
The headquarters are within the Circuit, in the old farm building known as Mas La Moreneta.
Today, the Circuit has set itself up as one of the most modern sports facilities, serving as the venue for the most important motor sports events of the world such as the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix.
But the Circuit is not only passion for speed; it also offers the chance to organise all kinds of events and activities for companies and individuals thanks to the multi-purpose facilities fitted to offer all kinds of services, including a restaurant, a media centre with a capacity of 450 people, several VIP spaces and even a heliport.
A worldwide benchmark
The aim of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is to become an international benchmark due to its ability to innovate and its management model. The efforts are focussed on becoming a strong economic engine of the area and exporting the brand and its values worldwide, passing on the passion for this sport to thousands of new fans.
Because the main principles governing Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya are respect for and commitment to spectators, customers and suppliers. All of this in accordance with values that are characterised by transparency, service quality and innovative spirit.
Working for a sustainable Circuit
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya keeps a solid commitment to the environment. In this sense, the environmental management of the facilities has been certified according to the ISO 14001 standard, the aim of which is to minimise the negative impact on the environment, using the most advanced technology and the following principles of action:
-To manage the external impact of noise.
-To encourage sustainable mobility promoting public transport.
-To favour landscape integration by extending the green areas
With a view to the future
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has a fluid and open relation with fans by means of dialogue and participation. There are currently more than 8,000 members and this figure is growing year after year with new fans who want to show their support and faithfulness to the Circuit.
This chance is largely due to the will of the organization to surprise the public with the magic and entertainment of live competition, proposing new activities and events. Every year, all kinds of events related to the world of motoring are held at the Circuit, but there are also other activities, such as the Bicircuit or the guided tours, intended to attract a larger public and, all things considered, to turn the Circuit into a benchmark for everyone.
After more than 20 years, the Circuit keeps on growing and reaching more people thanks also to the support of big brands acting as partners. Their contributions are very important for the development of the entity. Synergies are created allowing the Circuit to grow in a sustainable way, while the co-operating companies benefit from a big platform to promote their brand, to achieve a larger media impact and to recruit new consumers.
The Circuit’s commitment to the future includes its consolidation as an international benchmark and to continue extending its service offer. Because, above all, our biggest wish is to get the circuit closer to all fans and to all co-operating companies, inviting them to become part of the most exciting and amusing show of the world.