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Your guide to the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix

Written by  May 10, 2017

The Spanish Grand Prix is a Formula One race currently held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona. The race is one of the oldest in the world still contested, celebrating its centenary in 2013.

The race had modest beginnings as a production car race. Interrupted by the First World War, the race waited a decade for its second running before becoming a staple of the European calendar. It was promoted to the European Championship in 1935 before the Spanish Civil War brought an end to racing. The race was successfully revived in 1967 and has been a regular part of the Formula One World Championship since 1968 at a variety of venues.

Spanish Prix, Round five of the 2017 Formula 1 season

Circuit Name: Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya

Race Laps: 66

Circuit Length: 4.655 km (2.892 mi)

Race Length: 307.104 km (190.825 mi)

Number of corners: 16 (9 Right, 7 Left)

DRS Zone: Two Zones (Zone 1 between turns 9 and 10, Zone 2 Start/Finish Line Between Turn 16 and 1)

Circuit Direction: Clockwise

Pole Position 2016: Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes 1:22.000

Track Record (During the race): 1:21.670 Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari 2008

Barcelona Circuit

 

Pirelli used compounds

For the first 5 round of the 2017 Formula 1 season, Pirelli will supply all teams with the same sets of compounds, following the introduction on the new wider and bigger tires.

Compounds sets will be as follows:

7 of the softest (P Zero Yellow Soft here)

5 of the middle (Zero White Medium here)

2 of the Hardest (P Zero Orange Hard here)

Tyres that must be available (one of them to be used) at some point in the race:

One set of P Zero Orange Hard

One set of P Zero Yellow soft

Tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:                     

One set of P Zero Red Super-Soft

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:

 

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“This is the last race where allocations are fixed for every team: as of Monaco, drivers are making their own choices about the quantities of each compound they would like to nominate. While Barcelona is a well-known venue, aerodynamic evolution of the cars, enhanced by the latest upgrade packages brought to Spain, mean that performance is increased but degradation levels could also be higher compared to testing. We can additionally expect weather conditions considerably warmer than February.”

 

BARCELONA MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

 

EOS CAMBER LIMIT

 

 

Spanish Grand Prix Winners 1951 – 2016

 

Year

Driver

Constructor

Circuit

2016

Max Vertappen

Red Bull-TAG Heur

Catalunya

2015

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2014

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2013

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

2012

Pastor Maldonado

Williams–Renault

2011

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull–Renault

2010

Mark Webber

Red Bull–Renault

2009

Jenson Button

Brawn–Mercedes

2008

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

2007

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

2006

Fernando Alonso

Renault

2005

Kimi Raikkonen

McLaren–Mercedes

2004

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2003

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2002

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2001

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2000

Mika Hakkinen

McLaren–Mercedes

1999

Mika Hakkinen

McLaren–Mercedes

1998

Mika Hakkinen

McLaren–Mercedes

1997

Jacques Villeneuve

Williams–Renault

1996

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

1995

Michael Schumacher

Benetton–Renault

1994

Damon Hill

Williams–Renault

1993

Alain Prost

Williams–Renault

1992

Nigel Mansell

Williams–Renault

1991

Nigel Mansell

Williams–Renault

1990

Alain Prost

Ferrari

Jerez

1989

Ayrton Senna

McLaren–Honda

1988

Alain Prost

McLaren–Honda

1987

Nigel Mansell

Williams–Honda

1986

Ayrton Senna

Lotus–Renault

1985

Not held

1982

1981

Gilles Villeneuve

Ferrari

Jarama

1979

Patrick Depailler

Ligier–Ford

1978

Mario Andretti

Lotus–Ford

1977

Mario Andretti

Lotus–Ford

1976

James Hunt

McLaren–Ford

1975

Jochen Mass

McLaren–Ford

Montjuïc

1974

Niki Lauda

Ferrari

Jarama

1973

Emerson Fittipaldi

Lotus–Ford

Montjuïc

1972

Emerson Fittipaldi

Lotus–Ford

Jarama

1971

Jackie Stewart

Tyrrell–Ford

Montjuïc

1970

Jackie Stewart

March–Ford

Jarama

1969

Jackie Stewart

Matra–Ford

Montjuïc

1968

Graham Hill

Lotus–Ford

Jarama

1966

Not held

1955

1954

Mike Hawthorn

Ferrari

Pedralbes

1953

Not held

1952

1951

Juan Manuel Fangio

Alfa Romeo

Pedralbes

 

Multiple Winners (Drivers)

 

# Wins

Driver

Years won

6

 Michael Schumacher

1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

3

Jackie Stewart

1969, 1970, 1971

Nigel Mansell

1987, 1991, 1992

Alain Prost

1988, 1990, 1993

Mika Häkkinen

1998, 1999, 2000

2

Emerson Fittipaldi

1972, 1973

Mario Andretti

1977, 1978

Ayrton Senna

1986, 1989

Kimi Raikkonen

2005, 2008

Fernando Alonso

2006, 2013

 

 

Multiple Winners (Constructors)

 

# Wins

Constructor

Years won

12

 Ferrari

1954, 1974, 1981, 1990, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013

8

 McLaren

1975, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005

7

 Williams

1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2012

6

 Lotus

1968, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1986

4

 Mercedes

1934, 1935, 2014, 2015

3

 Red Bull

2010, 2011, 2016

 

 

Numbers and Facts

 

Most wins (driver) 6 Michael Schumacher 1995 – 1996 – 2001 – 2002 –2003 – 2004

Most wins (constructor) 12 Ferrari 1954 – 74 – 81 – 90 – 96 – 2001 – 02 – 03 – 04 – 07 – 08 – 13

Wins from pole position 25, Recent 2015

Lowest grid for past winner 11 Jochen Mass – 1975

Most recent 1-2 finish 2015 Mercedes (Nico Rosberg- Lewis Hamilton)

Most emphatic win 2 laps 1969 – Jackie Stewart-Bruce McLaren (Montjuic Park)

Closest winning margin 0.014 1986 – Ayrton Senna-Nigel Mansell (Jerez)

Rain-affected races 3 1972 – 1992 – 1996

Safety Car-affected races 5 2003 – 2005 – 2008 – 2009 – 2016

Red Flag (and result declared) races 1, 1975

2-hour rule shortened races 0

Fastest race 2006, 66 laps @1hr 26m 21.759s

Slowest race 1954, 80 laps@ 3hr 13m 52.1s (Pedrables)

Most pole positions (driver) 7 Michael Schumacher 1994 – 1995 – 2000 – 2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2004

Most pole positions (constructor) 13 Ferrari 1951 – 68 – 71 – 72 – 74 – 75 – 2000 – 01 – 02 – 03 – 04 – 07 – 08

 

What Happened last race here?

Nico Rosberg was the defending race winner and entered the round with a 43 point lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship.

Hamilton took pole position during qualifying, ahead of teammate Rosberg and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

 

Max Verstappen won the race upon his debut for his new team Red Bull, having swapped his Toro Rosso seat with Daniil Kvyat ahead of the event.

At the age of 18 years and 228 days, Verstappen became the youngest ever winner, the youngest driver to score a podium finish and the youngest ever to lead a lap of a Formula 1 race, breaking the previous records held by Sebastian Vettel.

In the process, he also became the first Dutchman to win a Grand Prix and the first Grand Prix winner born in the 1990s.

Both Mercedes drivers retired from the race following a collision with each other on the first lap, thus marking the first Mercedes double retirement since the 2011 Australian Grand Prix and the first time the team had not scored a point since the 2012 United States Grand Prix.

 

2016 Race Classification

Pos.

Driver

Constructor

Time/Retired

Grid

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

1:41:40.017

4

2

Kimi Roikkonen

Ferrari

+0.616

5

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

+5.581

6

4

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

+43.95

3

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

+45.271

7

6

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+1:01.395

8

7

Sergio Pérez

Force India-Mercedes

+1:19.538

9

8

Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

+1:20.707

18

9

Jenson Button

McLaren-Honda

+1 Lap

12

10

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+1 Lap

13

11

Esteban Gutiérrez

Haas-Ferrari

+1 Lap

16

12

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

+1 Lap

19

13

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

+1 Lap

17

14

Felipe Nasr

Sauber-Ferrari

+1 Lap

20

15

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

+1 Lap

15

16

Pascal Wehrlein

MRT-Mercedes

+1 Lap

21

17

Rio Haryanto

MRT-Mercedes

+1 Lap

22

Ret

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

Brakes

14

Ret

Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Honda

Power unit

10

Ret

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

Oil leak

11

Ret

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Collision

1

Ret

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

Collision

2

 

Did you know?

DRIVERS

Sebastian Vettel is looking to take pole two events running for the first time since he took pole for both the 2013 US and Brazilian Grand Prix while at Red Bull

Vettel has still not won back-to-back Grand Prix since he won the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix. That race ended a 9-race run of victories that started in Belgium, (BEL, ITA, SIN, KOR, JAP, IND, ABU, USA, BRA)

Lewis Hamilton remains just 5 pole positions from equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 F1 GP pole positions. Since he has been at Mercedes he has

taken pole 37 times already. That is over 40% of all races he’s started for the team (37/ 80 = 46.3%). He is also just 2 behind Ayrton Senna’s (second-best) career total of

65 pp’s

Hamilton in Bahrain scored his 107th F1 podium to beat Alain Prost’s 106 F1 podiums. Only Michael Schumacher has achieved more F1 podiums (155)

Hamilton has won (54) 28.1% of all GP he’s started (192) and is in the top 10 drivers races to win ratio of all-time. This is how he compares:-

  1. Fangio 47.0%, 2. Ascari 40.6%, 3. Clark 34.7%, 4. M. Schumacher 29.7%, 5. Hamilton 28.1%, 6. Ja. Stewart 27.2%, 7. Prost 25.6%, 8. A. Senna 25.5%,

9= Vettel 24.2% (44/ 182), 9= S. Moss 24.2%

Hamilton has now led 102 different F1 Grand Prix races. Only Michael Schumacher has led more (142)

Valtteri Bottas’s race win in Russia also marked the 50th Grand Prix in which he has finished in the top 10 and scored points. To date, he has started 81 Grand Prix

Bottas’s 12th F1 podium beat Chris Amon’s 11. It was also his first win, something that unfortunately eluded Amon who is widely recognised as being the best F1 driver

never to win a F1 World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix (World Championship-qualifying is important for context here because Amon did win the F1 nonchampionship

Argentinian Grand Prix in 1971)

The race marks the first anniversary of Max Verstappen’s first Grand Prix win. He has until the Singapore Grand Prix in September to win a second while still a teenager.

(20th birthday on September 30th 2017). He is of course, so far the only teenager in F1 history to win a F1 World Championship Grand Prix and could still become the only

teenager to take pole position too for a F1 World Championship Grand Prix. Max and Ricardo Rodriguez who started the 1961 Italian Grand Prix from P2 in his Ferrari

when aged 19 years and 208 days are the only teenage drivers to date to have started a Grand Prix from the front row (Max the youngest, at the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix

where he started P2 he was aged18 years and 333 days

Sergio Perez needs just 1 more podium to become the Mexican driver with the most F1 podiums (currently =1 with Pedro Rodriguez on 7)

Fernando Alonso is the only driver this season yet to be around for the waving of the chequered flag. If he fails to finish the race in Spain his next opportunity to try and

do so will be in Canada on June 11thORS’

 

CONSTRUCTORS

✪ Mercedes in Spain will be aiming to lockout the front row for the 49th time. The all-time record is 62 and is jointly held by McLaren and Williams

✪ Mercedes’s next fastest lap of the race will be the marque’s 50th as a F1 World Championship constructor

✪ Last year’s race here was only the second time since Mercedes’s return to F1 in 2010 that both cars entered have failed to finish and Mercedes has not posted a double race retirement since, indeed the only non finish being in Malaysia late last year when a blown engine side-lined Hamilton. The first two-car race retirement of the

marque’s modern era came in Australia in 2011 when both cars were eliminated in (separate) collisions. If you want to be really clever, you could say that Spain 2016 and Australia 2011 are the only occasions in which all the Mercedes cars that started a World Championship Grand Prix failed to be classified as having finished the race.

✪ Ferrari last season was the only team to score championship points at all 21 events

✪ Ferrari will be looking to score consecutive pole positions for the first time since Fernando Alonso took pole for the Scuderia at the 2012 British and German Grand Prix

and score a consecutive front row lock-out for the first time since Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa lock-out the front row for the 2006 US and French Grand Prix

✪ Red Bull has achieved a podium result for at least one of their drivers podium in 100 different F1 Grand Prix

✪ The current Williams team traces its origins back to the setting up of Williams Grand Prix Engineering by Frank Williams and Patrick Head in 1977. This year the team will

be celebrating its 40th anniversary. The team began by running a March for Belgian Patrick Neve who sadly died earlier is year and later in 1978, became a constructor

running a single FW06 car for Alan Jones. In 1979 the team expanded to 2 cars with Clay Regazzoni joining Jones. Regazzoni won Williams’s first Grand Prix, at Silversone

in 1979 while Jones claimed Williams’s first driver’s and first constructor’s titles in 1980. Frank Williams had made his first forays into F1 in 1969, running a Brabham for

Piers Courage. Campaigns with De Tomaso, private March’s, with his own cars and ex-works Heskeths latterly in conjunction with Canadian-Austrian entrepreneur Walter

Wolf followed but it wasn’t until Williams teamed up with Head and started a new team all over again that Williams’s F1 fortunes really took off

✪ Williams has not led a Grand Prix since leading the British Grand Prix 18 months ago

✪ Mercedes, Ferrari and Force India are the only constructors to have finished both cars in each of the 4 Grand Prix so far this season

 

SPANISH GRAND PRIX

✪ Mercedes with pole can equal Ferrari’s all-time record of 5 consecutive Spanish Grand Prix pole positions. Ferrari has the most Spanish Grand Prix poles (13) and also the most at the Circuit De Catalunya (7). The next most here is 5 by Williams and the 4 by both McLaren and Mercedes

✪ The race is likely to be the 75th Grand Prix contested by Fernando Alonso since he last won (Spain 2013) and the 50th Grand Prix since he led a race or scored a podium

result (Hungary 2014)

 

Driver’s Championship standing

POS

DRIVER

Constructor

POINTS

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

86

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

73

3

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

63

4

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

49

5

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

35

6

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

22

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

22

8

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

18

9

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

11

10

Esteban Ocon

Force India/Mercedes

9

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

6

12

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

4

13

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

4

14

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Renault

2

15

Pascal Wehrlein

Sauber/Ferrari

0

16

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

0

17

Antonio Giovinazzi

Sauber/Ferrari

0

18

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

0

19

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren/Honda

0

20

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

0

21

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

0

 Constructor’s Championship standing

POS

CONSTRUCTOR

POINTS

1

Mercedes

136

2

Ferrari

135

3

Red Bull/Renault

57

4

Force India/Mercedes

31

5

Williams/Mercedes

18

6

Toro Rosso/Renault

13

7

Haas/Ferrari

8

8

Renault

6

9

Sauber/Ferrari

0

10

McLaren/Honda

0

 

Driver’s penalty points:

Driver

Penalty points

Jolyon Palmer

7

Sebastian Vettel

6

Daniil Kvyat

5

Carlos Sainz

5

Kevin Magnussen

5

Nico Hulkenberg

4

Pascal Wehrlein

4

Esteban Ocon

4

Sergio Perez

3

Romain Grosjean

3

Valtteri Bottas

2

Kimi Raikkonen

2

Marcus Erricson

2

Felipe Massa

2

Lewis Hamilton

2

Max Verstappen

1

Stoffel Vandoorne

1

 

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