VALENCIA STREET CIRCUIT
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.