The Circuito de Jerez is a circuit used for several Formula One Grands Prix during the 1980s and '90s. The circuit, located in Andalucía, Spain, is perhaps best remembered for a horrific accident in 1990 which ended the career of Lotus driver, Martin Donnelly, and the controversial 1997 European Grand Prix where Michael Schumacher intentionally collided with Jacques Villeneuve in an attempt to win the World Championship.

The circuit has hosted 5 Spanish Grands Prix and two European Grands Prix before being removed from the calendar following the 1997 Formula One Season.

The circuit is currently used for pre-season testing.


Circuit History[edit | edit source]

The original track layout is shown in grey

Reportedly Bernie Ecclestone wanted a track in southern Spain, and the layout was sketched on a napkin. Construction started in 1983, and the track opened in December of 1985.

The track has not hosted an F1 race since 1997, due to the mayor of Jerez presenting a trophy at that race instead of an executive from Daimler-Benz, but remains popular for winter testing, due to the climate.

Circuit Layouts[edit | edit source]

Previous Layouts[edit | edit source]

Before the 1994 race:

  • A chicane was added to turn 11 after Martin Donnelly's crash in 1990.
  • The track used to make an "S" bend inside of what is now the Curva Sito Pons (turn 5). The track length was 4.218km.

Current[edit | edit source]

Event history[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Jerez circuit:

Year Event Winning
Driver
Winning
Constructor
Report
1986 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault Report
1987 Spain Spanish Grand Prix United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda Report
1988 Spain Spanish Grand Prix France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
1989 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
1990 Spain Spanish Grand Prix France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari Report
No races 1991-93
1994 Europe European Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth Report
No races 1995-96
1997 Europe European Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report

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V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
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