As usual, the Spanish Grand Prix starts the European tour of the 2017 Formula 1 season. The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit will host the fifth round of the campaign and open a European races period (with the exception of Canada and Azerbaijan) which will run until the beginning of September. The Catalan race will be the scene of a new battle between Ferrari and Mercedes in which the improvements brought by each team can tip the balance in favor of one or the other.
Grand Prix Of Spain
Although Ferrari was the dominating team of the weekend in the Russian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas snatched the victory to the Scuderia thanks to a great start of the Finnish driver. This victory allowed Mercedes to take the lead in the constructors ‘championship with just one point lead, but Sebastian Vettel remains in the top spot in the drivers’ championship with a 13-point margin over Lewis Hamilton. The teams introduce in Barcelona the first major improvements of their cars, so it will be important to see who brings the updates that work more efficiently. Red Bull will want to take this opportunity to try to reach Ferrari and Mercedes and bring an ambitious package of improvements that could significantly reduce the distance.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has 4,655 meters in length and has 16 curves, 9 of which are on the right and 7 on the left. As in previous tracks, there will be two DRS activation zones: the first will be on the back straight, between curves 9 and 10, and the second will be on the main straight, over one kilometer, so the Braking of the first corner will be one of the most important points of overtaking. The tires chosen by Pirelli for this race are soft (yellow), medium (white) and hard (orange).
Lewis Hamilton took the pole last year with a time of 1’22”000, while the fast lap in race was marked Daniil Kvyat with a record of 1’26”948. These times are far from the circuit’s records, as Kimi Raikkonen went on to shoot in 1’21”670 in race in 2008 and Mark Webber took pole in 2010 with a record of 1’19”995. Can these times be beaten with the new cars?
No Grand Prix of Spain has been disputed in wet since 1996, but will have to be pending of the sky during the weekend . The weather forecasts are mostly rainy for Friday, although the risk decreases for Saturday and Sunday and it may be that both days are developed with dry asphalt.
The schedules are the same as in Sochi. Always according to the time zone of Spain, the first free session on Friday will begin at 10 AM and the second will be played at 2 PM. On Saturday, the third free practice will be at 11 AM and the qualifying will begin at 2 PM. The start of the race will be on Sunday at 2 PM .
We remind you that you can follow all the activity of the weekend live through our GP Live , where we will be from the first free practice until the end of the race.