Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona, 05/11/2014

Spanish Grand Prix

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

The race in 2013 will be the 44thedition of the Spanish Grand Prix, held since 1991 on the Circuit de Catalunya. The track, 25 km North of Barcelona, has been built for the 1992 Olympic Games, which were held in the capital of Catalonia. A high-tech structure, considering the standards of the early 1990s, over the years the circuit turned into the (almost) official test track for the F1 teams: corners for high, middle and low speed, changes of direction and slight ups and downs as well as a long finishing straight are a test bed for the single-seaters’ quality. It’s not by accident that a car, efficient on the Circuit de Catalunya, will be competitive throughout the season. Amongst the permanent circuits, the one near Barcelona is one of the tracks where it’s difficult to overtake. Close to the sea and to the mountains, the wind changing direction represents a disturbance, because it can have a massive impact on the cars’ set up.

Keep an eye on
The Campsa, right-hand band taken with over 230 km/h, runs through a hill: the drivers therefore come through it without seeing its exit. At the slow RACC chicane the car needs good traction at the exit to reach the right speed for the last big bend with over 200 km/h before entering the finishing straight.

Did you know that
Since1951 Pedrables, Jarama, Montjuich Park and Jerez de la Frontera have been hosting the Spanish GP before the race moved to the Circuit de Catalunya. Out of 43 races the Scuderia won 11 and therefore is the team holding the record for the most Spanish GPs won. The first victory came in 1954 with Mike Hawthorn behind the wheel of the 553 F1 on the city circuit of Pedrables, an area of Barcelona. 20 years later, in Jarama, Ferrari celebrated a legendary one-two win on a wet track with Niki Lauda crossing the line ahead of his teammate Clay Regazzoni one lap ahead of the competitors. In 1996, under difficult weather conditions, Michael Schumacher won his first race behind the wheel of a Ferrari. With six wins, five with Ferrari, the German is the driver with most wins at the Spanish GP. After the Scuderia’s one-two win in 2008 with Raikkonen followed by Massa, in 2010 and 2012 Fernando Alonso gained second place on the podium. The Scuderia got a fantastic overall result in 2013, with a win for Alonso and a third place for Massa.

  • Victories

    1. 1954 Hawthorn553 F1
    2. 1974 Lauda312 B3-74
    3. 1981 Villeneuve126 CK
    4. 1990 ProstF1-90
    5. 1996 SchumacherF310
    6. 2001 SchumacherF2001
    7. 2002 SchumacherF2002
    8. 2003 SchumacherF2003-GA
    9. 2004 SchumacherF2004
    10. 2007 MassaF2007
    11. 2008 RaikkonenF2008
    12. 2013 F. AlonsoF138
  • Pole Positions

    1. 1951 Ascari375 F1
    2. 1968 Amon312 F1-68
    3. 1971 Ickx312 B
    4. 1972 Ickx312 B2
    5. 1974 Lauda312 B3-74
    6. 1975 Lauda312 T
    7. 2000 SchumacherF1-2000
    8. 2001 SchumacherF2001
    9. 2003 SchumacherF2003-GA
    10. 2004 SchumacherF2004
    11. 2007 MassaF2007
  • Race best laps

    1. 1971 Ickx312 B
    2. 1972 Ickx312 B2
    3. 1974 Lauda312 B3
    4. 1979 Villeneuve312 T4
    5. 1987 BergerF1-87
    6. 1996 SchumacherF310
    7. 1999 SchumacherF399
    8. 2001 SchumacherF2001
    9. 2002 SchumacherF2002
    10. 2003 BarrichelloF2003-GA
    11. 2004 SchumacherF2004
    12. 2006 Massa248 F1
    13. 2007 MassaF2007
    14. 2008 RaikkonenF2008
  • Podiums

    1. First place:12 times
    2. Second place:14 times
    3. Third place:8 times
  • Hall of Honours

    1. 1951 J. M. FangioALFA ROMEO
    2. 1954 M. HawthornFERRARI
    3. 1968 G. HillLOTUS-FORD
    4. 1969 J. StewartMATRA-FORD
    5. 1970 J. StewartMARCH-FORD
    6. 1971 J. StewartTYRREL-FORD
    7. 1972 E. FittipaldiLOTUS-FORD
    8. 1973 E. FittipaldiLOTUS-FORD
    9. 1974 N. LaudaFERRARI
    10. 1975 J. MassMCLAREN-FORD
    11. 1976 J. HuntMCLAREN-FORD
    12. 1977 M. AndrettiLOTUS-FORD
    13. 1978 M. AndrettiLOTUS-FORD
    14. 1979 P. DepaillerLIGIER-FORD
    15. 1981 G. VilleneuveFERRARI
    16. 1986 A. SennaLOTUS-RENAULT
    17. 1987 N. MansellWILLIAMS-HONDA
    18. 1988 A. ProstMCLAREN-HONDA
    19. 1989 A. SennaMCLAREN-HONDA
    20. 1990 A. ProstFERRARI
    21. 1991 N. MansellWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    22. 1992 N. MansellWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    23. 1993 A. ProstWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    24. 1994 D. HillWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    25. 1995 M. SchumacherBENETTON-RENAULT
    26. 1996 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    27. 1997 J. VilleneuveWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    28. 1998 M. HakkinenMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    29. 1999 M. HakkinenMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    30. 2000 M. HakkinenMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    31. 2001 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    32. 2002 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    33. 2003 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    34. 2004 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    35. 2005 K. RaikkonenMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    36. 2006 F. AlonsoRENAULT
    37. 2007 F. MassaFERRARI
    38. 2008 K. RaikkonenFERRARI
    39. 2009 J. ButtonBRAWN GP-MERCEDES
    40. 2010 M. WebberRED BULL-RENAULT
    41. 2011 S. VettelRED BULL-RENAULT
    42. 2012 P. MaldonadoWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    43. 2013 F. AlonsoFERRARI

Updated at the end of season 2013