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Spanish GP

Barcelona

14/05

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Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

A regular test venue, this track, which currently measures 4.655 kilometres, first appeared on the Championship calendar in 1991. The layout demands that drivers are extremely precise. Up until a few years ago, it had no slow corners and was famous for its abrasive surface. Now, things have changed with its double final corner, which is split by a chicane, while the track surface has been improved. Teams and driver know its corners perfectly well and it’s difficult to come up with something to gain an edge, although the venue has often thrown up spectacular races. Scuderia Ferrari has won 12 times in Spain, the first win dating back to 1954, at the Pedralbes circuit with Mike Hawthorn. The Scuderia’s first win at the Catalunya Circuit coincided with Michael Schumacher’s first victory in red, in 1996. The German repeated the feat four more times. Other winners here are Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

The final sector
The key to a good lap time is to exit this turn and get onto the straight quickly, for the run down to the first corner, where DRS can be used. It was on this very straight in 1991 that Nigel Mansell overtook Ayrton Senna, after they had raced neck and neck down the straight.

The first two corners
Here, at the start of the 2013 GP, Fernando Alonso pulled off a master stroke: starting from 5th on the grid, he managed to pass Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus and then the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. From then on, the Scuderia strategy helped the Spaniard to win.

Spanish Grand Prix in numbers

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Historic Standings from 1991
Race wins
Pole Positions
Fastest Laps
Podium

The Track

Turns

Max speed

DRS

Sectors

Circuit length
4.655 m
Lap record
1:21.670
K.Raikkonen 2008
1954 Hawthorn 553 F1
1974 Lauda 312 B3-74
1981 Villeneuve 126 CK
1990 Prost F1-90
1996 Schumacher F310
2001 Schumacher F2001
2002 Schumacher F2002
2003 Schumacher F2003-GA
2004 Schumacher F2004
2007 Massa F2007
2008 Raikkonen F2008
2013 F. Alonso F138
1951 Ascari 375 F1
1968 Amon 312 F1-68
1971 Ickx 312 B
1972 Ickx 312 B2
1974 Lauda 312 B3-74
1975 Lauda 312 T
2000 Schumacher F1-2000
2001 Schumacher F2001
2003 Schumacher F2003-GA
2004 Schumacher F2004
2007 Massa F2007
1971 Ickx 312 B
1972 Ickx 312 B2
1974 Lauda 312 B3
1979 Villeneuve 312 T4
1987 Berger F1-87
1996 Schumacher F310
1999 Schumacher F399
2001 Schumacher F2001
2002 Schumacher F2002
2003 Barrichello F2003-GA
2004 Schumacher F2004
2006 Massa 248 F1
2007 Massa F2007
2008 Raikkonen F2008