F1 Testing Barcelona 10TH march 2017

9th March 2017 and a day we'd waited for to head off to Barcelona for a little over 24 hours to watch the final day of pre-season testing for Formula 1.

Off we headed to Manchester airport to catch our Ryanair cheapy flight (£50 each return) to Barcelona

Blue sky at Manchester before heading off

As you'd expect it was busy and it's a while since I've boarded using steps at the rear door of an aircraft

Onwards to Barcelona, collection of our hire car and travel to the Ibis hotel just 10 minutes from the circuit. The journey went smoothly although at one point the threat of an hour delay threatened due to French air traffic controllers industrial action but it didn't materialise fortunately - particularly as the announced the potential hour delay when we were boarded!

10th March morning and it was pretty cold as we checked out of the hotel for the short drive to the circuit - cold enough to see your breath in the air. However, by the time we got there it had warmed up nicely and it was fabulous to view the circuit for the first time.

What a view - helped by beautiful weather

Time to take photos of cars!

Note: I did make a slight schoolboy error using my new camera for the first time in earnest - I used far too higher ISO setting (it should have been auto but I'd been messing with it before we left home and forgot to reset it!) so some of these have more "noise" on them than ideal.

#77 Valteri Bottas, Mercedes
#27 Nico Hulkenberg, Renault
#11 - Sergio Perez, Force India
#44 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
#18 - Lance Stroll, Williams
#33 - Max Verstappen, Red Bull

Not all the drivers had a trouble free day though. Fernando Alonso in the McLaren had a somewhat miserable day stopping out on track at least twice. Conveniently for us, one of those stops happened right in front of us

#14 - Fernando Alonso, McLaren stopped on track

Fernando - not a happy chap as he waits for his lift back to the pits

This is a truly magnificent circuit with so many excellent viewpoints and we got to see them all during the day

So many good places to watch from

More testing in the afternoon and more cars to take photos of

#30 - Jolyon Palmer, Renault
#55 - Carlos Sainz, Torro Rosso
#18 - Lance Stroll, Williams - spot the Staffordshire connection!
#14 - Fernando Alonso, McLaren (moving this time)

An amazing time, with fantastic weather and a circuit we would love to visit again in the future. Wonderful places to view racing from so whether we return again for testing, Grand Prix or maybe watch this space

We finished off our day dropping in on a pretty impressive parking lot

Truck Heaven
Red Bull Fan....meet Red Bull Truck
Force De Renault

Guess what, we even made it onto the BBC website!

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