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This cu­ri­ous wa­ter­front track hosted five ‘Euro­pean’ Grands Prix from 2008-2012. They were staged dur­ing a brief boom pe­riod for the Span­ish econ­omy, with fi­nan­cial back­ing from the re­gional gov­ern­ment.

Va­len­cia had suc­cess­fully hosted the 2007 Amer­ica’s Cup (as it would again in 2010) in an ef­fort to re­gen­er­ate the city’s pre­vi­ously down-at-heel har­bour quar­ter and many of the build­ings used to house ocean-go­ing race teams were pressed into F1 ser­vice.

De­spite the evoca­tive city lo­ca­tion, F1 never re­ally fell in love with the track – although Alonso scored one of his great­est wins here, in 2012.

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