As you may know, I’m a bit of a Formula One fan and one of the benefits of being a McLaren team member (apart from the free earplugs) is you get the chance to go on things like pit visits at Grands Prix.

Last week was the final pre-season test for the 2010 Formula One season at the Circuit de Catalunya just outside Barcelona and McLaren had given me a couple of tickets which included a pit visit. So Andrew and I and Cathy and Ethan headed to Barcelona for a couple of days.

Despite a two hour delay at Heathrow and a Spanishly challenged sat-nav we made it to the circuit minutes before our scheduled pit tour. It was great! We stood in the McLaren garage while a stream of F1 cars entered and exited the pits and when Jenson Button rolled into the garage we got a really close look at the awesome new McLaren.

After the tour we spent a couple of hours walking around the circuit taking pictures. You can see the results in the gallery.

The next day was spent in Barcelona, mostly visting crazy Gaudi stuff like La Pedrera, Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia. There are pictures of them, too.

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