Circuit de Catalunya


Circuit de Catalunya

In recent times, the common denominator for the Spanish F1 GP has been its venue, the Montmelo track.

The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit has hosted the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix since 1991.

The facility can be found just over 20 kilometres to the north of Barcelona and the track itself is 4.66 kilometres in length. There have been 49 Spanish GPs to date, going back to 1951 and five venues have hosted it: Pedralbes, Montjuic, Jarama, Jerez and the current Barcelona track.

From 2008 to 2012 there was a second GP held on Spanish soil, as the Valencia street circuit hosted the European GP.

The Classic Spanish Grand Prix

These days, the Spanish event is one of the classics on the F1 calendar and the track is a favourite with so many drivers who know every last detail of its 16 corners so well.

It features a mix of slow and quick corners, chicanes and long straights, which explains why the Barcelona track is the perfect track to highlight a car’s strengths and weaknesses.

That goes some way to explaining why it is the most used track for Formula 1 testing for real and on the simulator.

Barcelona Grand Prix Pre-Season Tests

All the Formula 1 teams therefore feel at home in Barcelona, with all pre-season testing taking place here in recent years in February, when the weather can veer from mild to deep winter.

As for the race itself, held in mid-May, milder weather can be expected as the race kicks off the European leg of the championship.

Lewis Hamilton won the 2019 Spanish GP starting from second on the grid, alongside the pole man, his team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

11°C Light rain
1Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport)413
2Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport)326
3Max Verstappen (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)278
4Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari)264
5Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari)240
6Carlos Sainz (McLaren F1 Team)96
7Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda)95
8Alexander Albon (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)92
9Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)54
10Sergio Pérez (SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team)52
11Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)49
12Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing)43
13Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda)37
14Nico Hülkenberg (Renault F1 Team)37
15Lance Stroll (SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team)21
16Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)20
17Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing)14
18Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)8
19Robert Kubica (ROKiT Williams Racing)1
20George Russell (ROKiT Williams Racing)0
1Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport739
2Scuderia Ferrari504
3Aston Martin Red Bull Racing417
4McLaren F1 Team145
5Renault F1 Team91
6Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda85
7SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team73
8Alfa Romeo Racing57
9Haas F1 Team28
10ROKiT Williams Racing1