The Spanish Grand Prix is one of the oldest races on the calendar, celebrating its centenary in 2013 and holding a regular slot on the Formula One World Championship schedule since 1968 at a variety of venues.
Between 1968 and 1975, Jarama hosted the event on even-numbered years and Montjuic on odd-numbered years, until tragic events at the latter venue saw the race move permanently to the former from 1976 onwards. The race was dropped altogether from 1981, until the Mayor of Jerez commissioned a new racing circuit to promote tourism in the town. The track was finished in time for the 1986 World Championship and hosted the race until 1990.
Built as part of the development programme for the 1992 Olympic Games, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (formerly known as the Circuit de Catalunya) was completed in time for the 1991 Spanish Grand Prix and has been a feature of the Formula One calendar ever since: both as a race venue and also as a popular test track.