Race week in F1 calendar as all roads leads to the Catalunya race track for the Spanish grand prix.
The Spanish Grand Prix is one of the oldest races on the F1 calendar, celebrating its centenary in 2013 and has holding a regular slot on the Formula One World Championship schedule since 1968 at a variety of venues ever since.
A grand prix that's been described as 'impulsive ', 'irrational ' and 'chaotic' saw Lewis Hamilton claim his first win of the season as the drama unfolded around him.
The 2017 Spanish Grand Prix provided just as much entertainment, as Hamilton stole a stunning victory from Vettel on a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake.
The most successful drivers and teams.
Ferrari dominantly stands out with the most wins over the course of the Spanish GP history. The Scuderia has secured 12 victories so far.
McLaren and Williams share on the second position with their 8-8 wins. Lotus won six times while both the Mercedes and the Red Bull squad have three wins.
Among the drivers, Michael Schumacher is the absolute king of the Spanish GP. The seven-time world champion crossed the line first a mesmerizing six times. Mika Häkkinen, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Jackie Stewart all have three wins to their names. Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna, Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi managed to win the Spanish GP on two occasions.
The latest edition of the track has a length of 4.655km. The 66 laps and a total of 307.104km race distance. The lap record of 1:21.670 was registered in 2008 and was set by Ferrari ’s Kimi Räikkönen.
The GP configuration of the circuit consists of 16 turns, of which most are middle- and high-speed corners, but the track also has a very slow corner and a slow chicane, making the track a real test of car balance. Previously, the track was a proper high-speed circuit with lots of viciously quick corners, but recent changes to the track prompted by the safety factor made the GP configuration significantly slower.
Drivers apply the brakes 7 time during the lap, of which two occasions deem to be heavy braking actions.
The stats that matter
Lewis Hamilton is looking to join a small list of F1 legends to win at this circuit for a third time. Should he win on Sunday, he’ll be on the same number of wins as Mika Hakkinen and three behind Michael Schumacher.
Sebastian Vettel has surprisingly never been on pole in Catalunya. But the Ferrari man has been in superb qualifying form this season, topping the timesheet at the last three races.
Baku ended Kimi Raikkonen’s longest run of front-row starts (3) since Spain-Monaco-Europe in 2005, but he still finished on the podium for the sixth time in the last eight races.
The Finn has set the theoretical best lap of qualifying at the last two races (adding up the three best sectors from any lap), without having taken pole at either of them. Consistency in Barcelona could see the Ferrari man take P1.
Two years ago, Max Verstappen’s triumph saw him become F1’s youngest-ever winner at 18 years 227 days, become the first Dutchman to win in F1 and the first man to win on a mid-season debut for a team since Juan-Manuel Fangio for Mercedes in 1954.
Force India will be hoping to spring another surprise. Sergio Perez finished fourth in Barcelona last year, his and team’s best-ever finish on this track. The Mexican is attempting to score back-to-back podium finishes for the first time in his and his team’s history this weekend.
Not including retirements, Nico Rosberg - who started the 2013 race in P1 - is the only pole-sitter to finish outside the top-5 in a Spanish Grand Prix – regardless of venue – in the history of Formula 1.
Fri 11th May
Practice 1 10:00am
Practice 2 2:00pm
Sat 12th May
Practice 3 11:00am
Sun 13th May
Grand PRIX 2:10pm
Top Five Driver Standings
# Driver Pts
1 Hamilton 70
2 Vettel 66
3 Raikkonen 48
4 Bottas 40
5 Ricciardo 37
Top Five Team Standings
# Team Pts
1 Ferrari 114
2 Mercedes 110
3 Red Bull 55
4 McLaren 36
5 Renault 35