Barcelona Track Guide | Sector 3

The Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona is considered by many as an all-rounder circuit, which is one of the reasons why F1 often goes there for pre-season testing. The circuit has a really good mix of high, medium and low-speed corners to test any drivers ability.

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Sector 3 is the slowest sector on the track and begins with the heaviest braking zone making it one of the few overtaking spots. The end of the sector contains the tight RACC chicane which is all about taking the right amount of kerb. In 2021 they will be remodelling T10 & T11 so it will be interesting to see how this changes the flow of the sector.

Turn 10 (La Caixa): Entry

Turn 10 of La Caixa is the heaviest braking zone on the circuit and is all about late, straight-line braking. In 2021 Turns 10 and 11 will be remodelled into one sweeping left-hander that is less tight than in F1 2020 so this will change the braking point.

After spotting your braking, focus your eyes immediately on the apex of T10 as this helps you to hit the right spot.

Turn 10 (La Caixa): Apex

After quickly shifting down all the way from 8th gear to 1st gear, you can take a small bit of kerb to aid rotation.

Very soon after making the apex short shift to 3rd gear in the traction zone to dull the torque.

Turn 10 (La Caixa): Exit

To maximise this traction on exit it is best to stay off the exit kerb to take the most speed into T11.

Turn 11

Turn 11 is flat out. You want to take as much kerb as you can here as the further left you can be out of T11 the wider (and therefore faster) you can take T12.

Be careful though, taking the kerb at an awkward angle with lots of lock-on can cause you to spin. Similarly, if you lift off or brake while you are still on this kerb it can destabilise the rear end of the car and could cause a spin.

Turn 12 (Banc Sabadell): Apex

Turn 12 of Banc Sabadell is quite tricky to nail. There are multiple different lines you can take through here but generally, it can start to look like a subtle V-Line as you drift out mid-corner but aim to get back to make a late apex.

Mid-corner understeer is common here, which can be helped with car setup. To minimise the understeer try shifting down from 4th gear to 3rd gear mid-corner to kill the understeer.

Turn 12 (Blanc): Exit

Make use of the full track width on exit, keeping two wheels within the white lines.

Stay on this kerb all the way along until you get to the turn-in point for T13 as it is very flat and will not cost you time.

Turn 13 (Europcar)

Taking a wide entry, using the green painted part of the kerb, take the apex kerb but avoid the yellow sausage as this will cause the car to jump and lose traction and stability.

Try to avoid running too wide out of T13 because you need to get back over to the right quickly for T14. You will also get invalidated if you go too far.

Turn 14 (Chicane RACC)

Turn 14 is tricky because the braking phase is downhill and you are typically turning and braking at the same time. This makes it very easy to lock the inside front.

Shift down to 2nd gear and take the full apex kerb up to (but not on top of) the sausage kerb.

Turn 15 (Chicane RACC): Apex

Shift up to 3rd gear in between T14 and T15. Similarly to T14, take as much of the red and white kerb as you can without taking the sausage kerb.

Turn 15 (Chicane RACC): Exit

Coming out of Turn 15 get back on the power as soon as possible because this will take you all the way down the main straight.

You want to maximise the exit here, being careful to keep two wheels inside the track limits or you will be invalidated. F1 2020 differs from real life here as there is not a sausage kerb in the sim so you can really make use of the traction zone.

Turn 16 (New Holland)

The final corner, named New Holland, is easily taken at full throttle. The aim here is to be as smooth as possible to carry as much speed down the longest straight on the circuit.

There is no need to take the kerb here as you want to keep the downforce working efficiently.

There is a short time to open the DRS before reaching the line so make sure to save those extra few hundredths by hitting the button as early as possible.

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