Round five of the 2015 season takes place near the Catalan capital Barcelona. The circuit is a mix of high speed corners and a few chicanes. The circuit was built in the 90’s and held the start of 1992 Olympic road team time trial cycling event.
The first grand Prix in the country was held in 1926 with the first championship event being held in Jarama near the capital Madrid before switching to Jerez in 1986 and Barcelona in 1991. The circuit hosts preseason testing in February meaning drivers know the circuit well.
Barcelona’s circuit follows and has a mix of long straights and fast corners which means it plays into the hands of both Mercedes and Ferrari. The picture of who can stay ahead and can Mercedes be beaten?
Facts and figures
|Race||Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2015|
|Venue||Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaMontmeló, Spain|
|Circuit Length||4.655 km (2.892 mi)|
|Race Distance||307.104 km (190.826 mi)|
|Lap Record||1:21.670 (Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari, 2008)|
|Most wins drivers||Michael Schumacher (6)|
|Most wins manufacture||Ferrari (12)|
|Current winners on the grid||Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso (2), Pastor Maldonado, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen, Felipe Massa|
2014 Race Data
|Fastest P1 time||Fastest P2 time||Fastest P3 Time||Pole position time||Race Time||Fastest Lap|
2011 – Williams first win since 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix and the first ever Formula One victory by a Venezuelan driver. Turns to disaster after fire erupts in their garage after the race injuring thirty-one people.
2006 – Fernando Alonso becomes the first Spaniard to win the race.