Facts and figures for Sunday’s Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya:
- Lap: 4.655 km
- Race distance: 66 laps, 307.104 km
- GMT start time: 1200
- Race lap record: Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:21.670 (2008)
- 2008 pole position: Raikkonen, 1:21.813
Resume of recent races in Barcelona:
2008: Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari
Raikkonen, on pole, extended his lead to nine points with Ferrari’s second successive one-two and third win in a row. This remains his last win to date. McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen crashed heavily while leading after the frontrunners pitted.
2007: Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari
Massa’s second win in a row and fourth of his career. Hamilton went top as F1’s youngest championship leader, eclipsing McLaren team mate Fernando Alonso in front of the Spaniard’s home crowd. Alonso had collided with Massa at the first corner and finished third.
2006: Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault
Alonso started from pole position and became the first Spaniard to win his home grand prix, beating Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher by 18.5 seconds in front of 130,000 spectators.
2005: Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) McLaren
Raikkonen ran away with the race, beating Alonso by 27 seconds. Briton Jenson Button’s BAR team were absent after being suspended for two races.
2004: Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari
Schumacher’s fifth win in five races, equalling Nigel Mansell’s 1992 record start to a season, in his 200th Grand Prix. Team mate Rubens Barrichello was runner-up.
The circuit, in the hills north of the city, is a demanding one for drivers and engineers but races have often been processional. The teams have tested there pre-season so the circuit holds no surprises, although wind can be a factor.
The circuit has hosted the Spanish GP since 1991. It was modified after the 2006 season, with a chicane replacing the final two quick bends for safety reasons and to help overtaking.