Spanish GP Preview

The Formula One 2017 Season rolls into Spain for the start of the European league of the season. Mercedes Valterri Bottas was victorious last time out in Russia. Will he be able to repeat that here on Sunday?

12/05/17

Track facts

  • Lap record: 1:21:670, Kimi Raikkonen, 2008
  • Laps: 66
  • Circuit length: 4.655km
  • Race distance: 307.104
  • Corners: 16

History of the Spanish GP

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya played host to the Spanish grand prix for the first time in 1991. Spain has hosted some memorable races in the past like: In 1996, the last wet race in Spain was Michael Schumacher’s brilliant first Ferrari victory. The race in 2012 was also historic as Williams Pastor Maldonado won ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Lotuses Kimi Raikkonen. Last year’s race has to go down as one of the all-time classics as the Mercedes drivers of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed spectacularly handing the race win to Red Bulls Max Verstappen on his debut for the Red Bull team. Verstappen became the youngest ever GP winner.

Stats

  • The Spanish crowd have had two drivers to cheer on since 2015 with 2 time champion Fernando Alonso and Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr.
  • In the last 10 years, 10 different drivers have won the Spanish GP. Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen have tasted the winner’s champagne dating back to 2007.
  • Michael Schumacher has the most wins round with 6. Out of the current grid, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have won round here twice with Raikkonen in 2005 and 2008 and Alonso in 2006 and 2013.
  • Ferrari are the most successful constructor round here with 12 wins. McLaren have 8 with Red Bull taking last year’s win are now on 3 wins. Mercedes have 2 wins back in 2014 and 2015.

Grosjean replaces Button as director of the GPDA

Haas’s Romain Grosjean has replaced Jenson Button as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association. He joins Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and chairman Alexander Wurz in the leading roles after Button stepped down following his decision not to race in 2017.

Mercedes first team to reveal new larger numbers and names

Mercedes has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal the new mandatory large numbers and driver names on its car ahead of the Spanish GP. The rule comes into effect from this weekend’s race at Barcelona. Mercedes unveiled its solution on social media on Wednesday morning. Other teams such as Red Bull, Torro Rosso and Force India have unveiled their designs.

My Predictions – Qualifying

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari

Race

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
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