Poll: Spanish Grand Prix 2022, Barcelona - Race 6

Rate the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix out of ten


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Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

When was the track built?

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was built as part of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics development programme. The foundation stone was laid in 1989, while the first car race was a round of the 1991 Spanish Touring Car Championship.

When was its first Grand Prix?

Two weeks after the touring cars raced at Barcelona, it was Formula 1’s turn. The track enjoyed a sensational debut, with Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna’s famous eyeball-to-eyeball drag race down the straight, before Mansell took the lead and drove on to victory.

Weekend Schedule

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TV Schedules

Sky:
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C4:
Saturday 21st May
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights at 6:45pm

Sunday 22nd May
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Highlights at 6:30pm

Track Diagram & Information
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Weather Forecast
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Code:
  Pos.        Driver            Team         Time 
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     1   Charles LECLERC    Ferrari        1:19.828
     2   Carlos SAINZ       Ferrari        1:19.907
     3   Max VERSTAPPEN     Red Bull       1:20.164
     4   George RUSSELL     Mercedes       1:20.590
     5   Fernando ALONSO    Alpine         1:20.768
     6   Lewis HAMILTON     Mercedes       1:20.811
     7   Lando NORRIS       McLaren        1:21.279
     8   Pierre GASLY       Alpha Tauri    1:21.422
     9   Daniel RICCIARDO   McLaren        1:21.737
    10   Yuki TSUNODA       Alpha Tauri    1:21.814
    11   Esteban OCON       Alpine         1:21.891
    12   Lance STROLL       Aston Martin   1:21.920
    13   Robert KUBICA      Alfa Romeo     1:21.975
    14   Kevin MAGNUSSEN    Haas           1:22.089
    15   Mick SCHUMACHER    Haas           1:22.146
    16   Sebastian VETTEL   Aston Martin   1:22.164
    17   Valtteri BOTTAS    Alfa Romeo     1:22.614
    18   Nyck DE VRIES      Williams       1:22.920
    19   Nicholas LATIFI    Williams       1:23.011
    20   Juri VIPS          Red Bull       1:24.138

Code:
  Pos.        Driver            Team         Time   
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     1   Charles LECLERC    Ferrari        1:19.670 
     2   George RUSSELL     Mercedes       1:19.787 
     3   Lewis HAMILTON     Mercedes       1:19.874 
     4   Carlos SAINZ       Ferrari        1:19.990 
     5   Max VERSTAPPEN     Red Bull       1:20.006 
     6   Fernando ALONSO    Alpine         1:20.203 
     7   Sergio PÉREZ       Red Bull       1:20.632 
     8   Sebastian VETTEL   Aston Martin   1:20.703 
     9   Esteban OCON       Alpine         1:20.745 
    10   Mick SCHUMACHER    Haas           1:20.757 
    11   Pierre GASLY       Alpha Tauri    1:20.917 
    12   Kevin MAGNUSSEN    Haas           1:21.013 
    13   Lance STROLL       Aston Martin   1:21.249 
    14   Yuki TSUNODA       Alpha Tauri    1:21.285 
    15   Daniel RICCIARDO   McLaren        1:21.385 
    16   Valtteri BOTTAS    Alfa Romeo     1:21.828 
    17   Guanyu ZHOU        Alfa Romeo     1:21.866 
    18   Alexander ALBON    Williams       1:22.319 
    19   Nicholas LATIFI    Williams       1:23.197 
    20   Lando NORRIS       McLaren        1:23.388

Code:
  Pos.        Driver            Team         Time    
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     1   Charles LECLERC    Ferrari        1:19.772  
     2   Max VERSTAPPEN     Red Bull       1:19.844  
     3   George RUSSELL     Mercedes       1:19.920  
     4   Lewis HAMILTON     Mercedes       1:20.002  
     5   Carlos SAINZ       Ferrari        1:20.129  
     6   Sergio PÉREZ       Red Bull       1:20.260  
     7   Lando NORRIS       McLaren        1:20.403  
     8   Kevin MAGNUSSEN    Haas           1:20.646  
     9   Valtteri BOTTAS    Alfa Romeo     1:20.781  
    10   Esteban OCON       Alpine         1:20.882  
    11   Daniel RICCIARDO   McLaren        1:20.910  
    12   Sebastian VETTEL   Aston Martin   1:20.944  
    13   Fernando ALONSO    Alpine         1:20.981  
    14   Guanyu ZHOU        Alfa Romeo     1:21.201  
    15   Yuki TSUNODA       Alpha Tauri    1:21.449  
    16   Lance STROLL       Aston Martin   1:21.520  
    17   Alexander ALBON    Williams       1:21.572  
    18   Nicholas LATIFI    Williams       1:22.419  
    19   Mick SCHUMACHER    Haas           1:25.467  
    20   Pierre GASLY       Alpha Tauri    -

Code:
  Pos.        Driver            Team         Time    
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     1   Charles LECLERC    Ferrari        1:18.750  
     2   Max VERSTAPPEN     Red Bull       1:19.073  
     3   Carlos SAINZ       Ferrari        1:19.166  
     4   George RUSSELL     Mercedes       1:19.393  
     5   Sergio PÉREZ       Red Bull       1:19.420  
     6   Lewis HAMILTON     Mercedes       1:19.512  
     7   Valtteri BOTTAS    Alfa Romeo     1:19.608  
     8   Kevin MAGNUSSEN    Haas           1:19.682  
     9   Daniel RICCIARDO   McLaren        1:20.297  
    10   Mick SCHUMACHER    Haas           1:20.368  
    11   Lando NORRIS       McLaren        1:20.471  
    12   Esteban OCON       Alpine         1:20.638  
    13   Yuki TSUNODA       Alpha Tauri    1:20.639  
    14   Pierre GASLY       Alpha Tauri    1:20.861  
    15   Guanyu ZHOU        Alfa Romeo     1:21.094  
    16   Sebastian VETTEL   Aston Martin   1:20.954  
    17   Fernando ALONSO    Alpine         1:21.043  
    18   Lance STROLL       Aston Martin   1:21.418  
    19   Alexander ALBON    Williams       1:21.645  
    20   Nicholas LATIFI    Williams       1:21.915

Code:
  Pos.        Driver            Team         Time    
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     1   Max VERSTAPPEN     Red Bull       LAP 66    
     2   Sergio PÉREZ       Red Bull       + 13.072  
     3   George RUSSELL     Mercedes       + 32.927  
     4   Carlos SAINZ       Ferrari        + 45.208  
     5   Lewis HAMILTON     Mercedes       + 54.534  
     6   Valtteri BOTTAS    Alfa Romeo     + 59.976  
     7   Esteban OCON       Alpine         + 75.397  
     8   Lando NORRIS       McLaren        + 83.235  
     9   Fernando ALONSO    Alpine         + 1 L     
    10   Yuki TSUNODA       Alpha Tauri    + 1 L     
    11   Sebastian VETTEL   Aston Martin   + 1 L     
    12   Daniel RICCIARDO   McLaren        + 1 L     
    13   Pierre GASLY       Alpha Tauri    + 1 L     
    14   Mick SCHUMACHER    Haas           + 1 L     
    15   Lance STROLL       Aston Martin   + 1 L     
    16   Nicholas LATIFI    Williams       + 2 L     
    17   Kevin MAGNUSSEN    Haas           + 2 L     
    18   Alexander ALBON    Williams       + 2 L     
    19   Guanyu ZHOU        Alfa Romeo     DNF       
    20   Charles LECLERC    Ferrari        DNF
 
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Thanks visibleman :)

I hope both Ferraris do well here and increase that gap to the RB/Verstappen again :p

Gonna be kinda interesting to see what Merc bring, are they gonna do the whole 1 car in Barcelona test spec? Any other major upgrades? Will the lower speeds help them just avoid the problem?
 
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Gonna be kinda interesting to see what Merc bring, are they gonna do the whole 1 car in Barcelona test spec? Any other major upgrades? Will the lower speeds help them just avoid the problem?

I'm not sure where these reports have come from that Mercedes are going to run at least one of their cars in the first testing specification. I've certainly not read them.

I have read that they're expected to bring floor updates, but I suppose we'll see later today which car(s) they'll use as they'll be sent for scrutineering.
 
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Think some reporters inaccurately stated they'd run both to compare but what they're actually doing will be comparing current spec with the one run in Barcelona in Feb as it's the only real world comparison they have to understand if the porpoising can be resolved as the original spec didn't suffer anywhere near the same as when they went to Bahrain.
 
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Think some reporters inaccurately stated they'd run both to compare but what they're actually doing will be comparing current spec with the one run in Barcelona in Feb as it's the only real world comparison they have to understand if the porpoising can be resolved as the original spec didn't suffer anywhere near the same as when they went to Bahrain.
Obviously without knowing the cars themselves, the simplified assumption is that adding downforce, especially to the rear of the car, will make porpoising much more likely. Mercedes say the original dummy/systems-check car was much slower (in simulations) than the car they took to Bahrain, so it's fair to assume that it produced less downforce.

If they do indeed run one of the Barcelona-spec cars this weekend then they truly are lost.
 
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Kubica in for Zhou in FP1. Apparently this year, they are required to replace every driver with an alternative at least once during the season, I think the idea is to give more opportunities to rookie drivers to try out an F1 car, not sure how Kubica fits in for that!
 
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Interesting that they've removed the stay, suggests that they've put some significant stiffening under the floor, perhaps?

Hopefully it'll help, although were the Mercs one of teams suffering a lot with being overweight?

I'd like to see a good result for Sainz in his home GP

Ferrari one two would be good although i have a feeling Max might pip them both.
 
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It's going to be a Merc 1-2 now they've solved their porpoising issues. Place your bets now.

Edit: I was joking here, but looking up the currents odds 33-1 for Hamilton and Russell actually seems pretty good value. There's a surprise winner in almost every season of F1, and with the Mercs in a clear third place most of the time, you'd expect them to be the most likely to pick up the pieces if we get a crazy race.
 
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I'm not sure where these reports have come from that Mercedes are going to run at least one of their cars in the first testing specification. I've certainly not read them.

I have read that they're expected to bring floor updates, but I suppose we'll see later today which car(s) they'll use as they'll be sent for scrutineering.

Yeah, not seen them anywhere even remotely official, and wouldn't be great to see so likely just some random nonsense really :p

Mercedes do indeed have updates to the floor outward edge and T-tray. No sign of the pre-season Barcelona car.


Interesting that they've removed the stay, suggests that they've put some significant stiffening under the floor, perhaps?

nice hinges

Interesting, it does look like that piece is separate/hinges (up I guess when it contacts the floor?) Surely that can't be legal? Movable aerodynamic device and all that...
 
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Interesting, it does look like that piece is separate/hinges (up I guess when it contacts the floor?) Surely that can't be legal? Movable aerodynamic device and all that...

I don't think they're hinges - hinges arranged around a curve like that would barely work if at all - I think they're some kind of fastener between sections. With the budget cap and the weight problems the bits they're putting on are much cruder than what we're used to.

Although I suppose another possibility is that it has some adjustability so they can try a few things in practice before locking it in place for the race.
 
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I don't think they're hinges - hinges arranged around a curve like that would barely work if at all - I think they're some kind of fastener between sections. With the budget cap and the weight problems the bits they're putting on are much cruder than what we're used to.

Although I suppose another possibility is that it has some adjustability so they can try a few things in practice before locking it in place for the race.

Yeah, on closer inspection I think you're right. Definitely crude compared to previous years, it kinda feels wrong :p

I think they may have a mount for the stay as well but maybe not put it on yet/gonna try without?
 
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