Formula 1

Spanish Grand Prix

The Schedule takes us back to Europe for the Spanish GP and generally speaking if a car runs well in Barcelona it will be well primed for the remainder of the season. 

Perhaps no track has qualifying proven to be more important.  The circuit is fast and very difficult to overtake. 90% of the winners at the track have come from the front row.  In the 31 races held at Circuit de Catalunya only three times has the winner come from outside of the front row. In 1996 Michael Schumacher won from third in wet weather and in 2013 Fernando Alonso  won from 5th position.  In the last 21 Spanish Grand Prix, 17 have been won from pole, 81%.  There is a lot of familiarity with the circuit from preseason testing, the track has not changed since February, but the cars have evolved over the last three months.

Speed Points:

  • A lap at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will feature 45 gear changes
  • 67% of the lap at Barcelona will be spent at full throttle 
  • The team that wins in Barcelona has gone on to win the Constructors Championship 24 times, 77.1%. 
  • 74.2% of the winners at at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya have come from the pole (23 of 31) 
  • The race has never been won from lower than fifth on the grid, a feat achieved by Fernando Alonso for Ferrari in 2013. 
  • Williams last win, and their only win since the start of 2005, was at this circuit by Pastor Maldonado in 2012
  • Five Spanish Grand Prix winners will line up on the grid this weekend: Kimi Räikkönen (2005, 2008), Sebastian Vettel (2011), Lewis Hamilton (2014, 2017, 2018,2019), Fernando Alonso (2013) and Max Verstappen (2016)
  • 10 different drivers have won in the last 17 years, with only Lewis Hamilton as back-to-back winner, taking the last five, since Michael Schumacher in 2001-2004
  • Mercedes have locked out the front row in Barcelona in seven of the past nine years
  • Max Verstappen claimed his 63rd career podium in Miami, moving him into 10th place all-time.
  • George Russell is the only driver who has finished in the top-five in every race this season
  • George Russell and Charles Leclerc are the only drivers who have scored in every race this season.
  • This season Charles Leclerc has led the most laps with 151 (53.0%), Max Verstappen has been in front for 117 laps (41.1%).
  • Only two drivers, George Russell and Charles Leclerc have completed all 285 laps this season. 
  • Mercedes has run the most laps as a team with 569 of a possible 570 laps completed
  • Ferrari has turned in the fewest laps of any team on the grid with 450 (78.9%)
  • Carlos Sainz has run just 165 total laps on the season (57.9%) , the fewest of any driver who has been in every GP this year.
  • Kevin Magnussen has the most overtakes this season with 26, he has also been passed on the track 26 times this season, also the most on the grid. Magnussen had 12 in Miami to lead the race.
  • The duo of Magnussen and Schumacher for Haas have combined for 42 on track overtakes this season, the most of any team.
  • Carlos Sainz has scored 573.5 points in his career, the most by a driver in F1 history without a win


The Spanish Grand Prix is held at the familiar venue of the Circuit de Catalunya. The teams were just at the circuit in February for testing so the new regulations and tires have some familiarity. However in the preseason testing the tires were in the middle of the compound range, this week Porelli is bringing the three hardest compounds with the C1 as the hard, C2 as the medium and the C3 serves as the red walled soft for the weekend. The weather offers a much different condition in May than the teams faced in February with much warmer temperatures three months later. With Barcelona being a very well-used circuit, there’s not going to be a huge amount of track evolution expected over the course of the weekend, thanks to a busy schedule of support races too. Temperatures should be dry and warm, adding to the heavy demands placed on the tires.

The minimum starting tire pressures are 22.5 psi in front and 19.0 psi in the rear tires. Camber limit: -3.25° in front,  -1.75° in rear 

Spanish GP Quick Facts: 

Tire Allocations: C1 (white) C2 (yellow) and C3 (red).

Location:  Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Permanent Circuit.  16 turns (Barcelona, Spain) 

Lap Length:4.657 km/2.905 mi

Race Length: 66 laps

Most wins by Constructor: Ferrari has the most wins of any constructor in the Spanish Grand Prix with 12.  McLaren has 8 wins.  Williams has 7 wins to claim in FIA sanctioned events, Mercedes has 7, Lotus has 6 and Red Bull has 3.

Most wins by Driver: Michael Schumacher has 6 wins, Lewis Hamilton has taken 5 Spanish Grands Prix while Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Mika Hakkinen have all won three times.

Past Winners of the Spanish Grand Prix

2021Lewis HamiltonMercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2020Lewis HamiltonMercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2019Lewis HamiltonMercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2018Lewis HamiltonMercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2017Lewis HamiltonMercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2016Max VerstappenRed BullCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2015Nico RosbergMercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2014Lewis HamiltonMercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2013Fernando AlonsoFerrariCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2012Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2010Mark WebberRed Bull-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn-MercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2008Kimi RaikkonenFerrariCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2007Felipe MassaFerrariCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2006Fernando AlonsoRenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2005Kimi RaikkonenMcLaren-MercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2004Michael SchumacherFerrariCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2003Michael SchumacherFerrariCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2002Michael SchumacherFerrariCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2001Michael SchumacherFerrariCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2000Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1999Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1997Jacques VilleneuveWilliams-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1996Michael SchumacherFerrariCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1995Michael SchumacherBenetton-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1994Damon HillWilliams-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1993Alain ProstWilliams-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1992Nigel MansellWilliams-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1991Nigel MansellWilliams-RenaultCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1990Alain ProstFerrariCircuito de Jerez
1989Ayrton SennaMcLaren-HondaCircuito de Jerez
1988Alain ProstMcLaren-HondaCircuito de Jerez
1987Nigel MansellWilliams-HondaCircuito de Jerez
1986Ayrton SennaLotus-RenaultCircuito de Jerez
1981Gilles VilleneuveFerrariCircuito del Jarama
1979Patrick DepaillerLigier-FordCircuito de Jerez
1978Mario AndrettiLotus-FordCircuito de Jerez
1977Mario AndrettiLotus-FordCircuito de Jerez
1976James HuntMcLaren-FordCircuito de Jerez
1975Jochen MassMcLaren-FordMontjuic
1974Niki LaudaFerrariCircuito de Jerez
1973Émerson FittipaldiLotus-FordMontjuic
1972Émerson FittipaldiLotus-FordCircuito de Jerez
1970Jackie StewartTyrrell-FordMontjuic
1970Jackie StewartMarch-FordCircuito de Jerez
1969Jackie StewartMatra-FordMontjuic
1968Graham HillLotus-FordCircuito de Jerez
1954Mike HawthornFerrariPedralbes
1951Juan Manuel FangioAlfa RomeoPedralbes