?? THE 2019 SPANISH GRAND PRIX
ROUND 5. 10th-12th May.
1002nd F1 GRAND PRIX | 61st SPANISH GRAND PRIX | 29TH GRAND PRIX AT CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA
2018 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2018 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Friday 10th May
Free Practice 1 (11am Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Saturday 11th May
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Sunday 12th May
The 2019 Spanish Grand Prix (3:10pm Local Time/ 2:10pm UK Time)
?? WEEKEND MILESTONES AND RECORDS
Lewis Hamilton could take Sebastian Vettel’s record of most points scored at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend. He’ll do so if he scores 9 points more than Vettel on Sunday. Elsewhere, Kimi Raikkonen could become only the fifth driver to reach 100 points scored in the Spanish Grand Prix, if he finishes fifth or above in the Grand Prix.
If a Mercedes driver takes pole this weekend, the team will equal Ferrari’s record total of pole positions at the track this weekend. Ferrari currently have seven poles to their name here, while Mercedes have six.
If Lewis Hamilton leads 13 laps of the race, he’ll become the driver to have led the second-most laps at the track, overtaking Mika Hakkinen. Hamilton has led 173 laps of the Catalunya circuit so far. Michael Schumacher’s record of 411 laps led at the track seems unreachable.
If Lewis Hamilton takes pole for the Spanish Grand Prix, he’ll become only the second driver to have taken four consecutive poles at this circuit – a record only bettered by Michael Schumacher, who took five poles in a row here between 2000 and 2004. Should he win on Sunday, Hamilton will be only the third driver, after Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen, to take three consecutive victories at the track.
Kimi Raikkonen could equal Rubens Barrichello’s record of seven non-finishes at the circuit should he fail to see the chequered flag this weekend.
You can find more information about the records which could be beaten this weekend in our Milestones and Records to Beat post.
ALL THE INFO
Click the links below to see all the stats and circuit history you could need ahead of the 2019 race!
- The Ultimate Track Guide
- Track Stats (Coming Soon)
- Team Form (Coming Soon)
- Driver Form (Coming Soon)
- Lucky and Unlucky Grid Positions (Coming Soon)
2018 RACE RECAP
It was a dominant weekend for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton as Romain Grosjean raised eyebrows with his first lap antics.
Brendon Hartley had a heavy crash in Free Practice Three, while Lewis Hamilton took pole for the second time in 2018. With Mercedes locking out the front row, Sebastian Vettel made it past Valtteri Bottas for second place at the first turn. Further back, Romain Grosjean span and caused havoc among the midfield runners, eliminating himself, Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly from the Grand Prix. After a Safety Car period, Vettel was first to pit while the other Ferrari came to a halt with turbo issues. A Virtual Safety Car later in the race gave Vettel the opportunity to pit again, rejoining in fourth, behind Max Verstappen. There were plenty of tussles on track – Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso went head-to-head, and Verstappen ran into the back of Lance Stroll’s Williams as the VSC period ended. Hamilton took the win by over twenty seconds, with Bottas making it a one-two for Mercedes. Despite contact with Stroll, Verstappen took his first podium finish of the year.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. Appearing in the Drivers’ Press Conference for this race weekend will be:
The media also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. Appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend will be:
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend will be Danny Sullivan.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
FASTEST EVER LAP
The fastest ever lap of the circuit was set by Lewis Hamilton in 2018. Will it be beaten over the race weekend?
Each weekend, the tyres will be known as Soft (red), Medium (yellow) and Hard (white), but the actual compounds will change each race weekend.
Pirelli have revealed that the C1, C2 and C3 compounds will be used for the Spanish Grand Prix weekend. Each driver’s selection of tyres will be can be seen below:
2018 FASTEST LAP IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:18.148 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Free Practice 2||1:18.259 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 3||1:17.281 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Qualifying||1:16.173 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:18.441 (Daniel Ricciardo)|
ON THIS DAY
The 2019 Spanish Grand Prix will be the sixth F1 race to have been held on 12th May. The date marks the 17th anniversary of one of F1’s most controversial moments, and also marks six years since Fernando Alonso’s last victory at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. Ferrari came under fire for using team orders at the 2002 event, when Michael Schumacher passed Rubens Barrichello for the victory on the run to the finish line, while Alonso’s 2013 victory was also the race to be won from furthest back on the grid at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with the Spaniard starting from fifth.
The 1968 Spanish Grand Prix, the 1974 Belgian Grand Prix and the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix are the other races to have been held on this date. The 1991 Monaco Grand Prix is the only race held on this day to have been won from pole, while every race held on the date except the 1964 Spanish Grand Prix has featured a Brazilian driver on the podium. The leader of the Drivers’ Championship after all five races held on 12th May has gone on to win that year’s title.