Hamilton has won the last three races at Catalunya, Vettel has finished in the top six in every year since 2009 and eight drivers have a 100% finish rate at the circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Spanish Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has been victorious at the Spanish Grand Prix in all of the last three seasons. He also won at the track in 2014 and has taken a further four podium finishes here. 2010 and 2016 are the only times that Hamilton has failed to finish at Catalunya, the latter occurrence being the result of a first lap collision with team-mate Nico Rosberg. 2009 and 2013 are the other occasions that Hamilton has failed to score at the venue. Hamilton has qualified in the top ten at this circuit in every year except 2009. He took pole in 2012, but was disqualified. In the last seven seasons, Hamilton has never failed to start from the front row at the track. He has taken pole four times during that period. 2013 is the only season that Hamilton has finished the Spanish Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started from.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
In each of the last two seasons, Valtteri Bottas has finished as runner-up at the Spanish Grand Prix. His sixteenth place finish in 2013 and retirement in 2017 due to an engine failure are the only times that Bottas has failed to score at the event. After qualifying third in 2017 and second in 2018, Bottas took his first pole position at the circuit last year. 2013 is the only year that the Finn has failed to reach Q3 at the circuit. Bottas has only ever led three laps at the track. He led for three laps in 2017 before he retired from the race.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
2011 remains Sebastian Vettel’s only win at the Spanish Grand Prix. He has had five podium finishes in total here, but has only won once. Vettel has finished in fourth place in both of the last two seasons. 2008, when he retired, is the only time that Vettel has failed to finish in the top six at the circuit. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is one of few at which Vettel has never taken pole position. He has started from the front row at the track four times, including in three consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2011. Vettel has not been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track since 2016, which is also the last time he gained positions during a race at the circuit.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc has scored on both of his Spanish Grand Prix appearances so far. He finished tenth with Sauber in 2018 and fifth with Ferrari in 2019. Leclerc recorded his first Q3 appearance at the track last year with fifth on the grid. He failed to out-qualify team-mate Sebastian Vettel. He qualified in fourteenth in the previous season, out-qualifying Marcus Ericsson. Leclerc is yet to lose a position from where he started at the Spanish Grand Prix.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen became Formula 1’s youngest race winner at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix. While he is yet to win the event again, Verstappen has finished in third place at the Catalunya track in each of the last two seasons. He has scored on three of his five appearances at the track. His only retirement here came on the opening lap of the 2017 race. Verstappen has never failed to qualify in the top six at the circuit, but is yet to qualify above fourth. He has out-qualified his team-mate in all of the last three seasons.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
On his first appearance at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2019, Alex Albon qualified twelfth for Toro Rosso and finished just outside the points in eleventh place. Prior to F1, Albon finished in the points in both F2 races at the Catalunya circuit in 2017. He finished fifth in the 2018 Feature Race, before picking up a podium finish with second place in the Sprint Race.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz has never failed to score in all of five of his appearances at his home event. His best result so far is sixth place, in 2016. Sainz has reached Q3 at the track three times, and his best qualifying result at the track remains fifth place from his first visit in 2015. Last season marked the first time that Sainz has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the Spanish Grand Prix. Sainz has gained at least two positions from where he has started in all of the last four seasons.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris failed to finish the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix following a collision with Lance Stroll. He out-qualified his team-mate, but was eliminated in Q2, qualifying in eleventh place. He lined up tenth on the grid. In F2 in 2018, Norris secured two podium finishes at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, finishing third in both the Feature and Sprint races.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
For the first time since 2012, Daniel Ricciardo failed to score at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix. The Australian has a 100% finish rate at the circuit, and has finished on the podium twice, with third place finishes in 2014 and 2017. Ricciardo has reached Q3 in all of the last six seasons, with a best qualifying result of third in both 2014 and 2016. 2016, when he suffered a puncture in the closing stages, is the only occasion that Ricciardo has finished the Spanish Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started from. Ironically, 2016 is the only year that Ricciardo has led a lap at the track.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon has two previous appearances at the Spanish Grand Prix. He finished a career-best of fifth in the 2017 running of the race, but retired from the 2018 event with an oil leak. Ocon reached Q3 in 2017, qualifying in tenth, but could only reach Q2 in 2018, lining up thirteenth on the grid. He out-qualified his team-mate for the first time at the circuit in 2018.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
From his nine appearances at the Spanish Grand Prix, Sergio Perez has scored six times. His best result so far here came with Force India in 2017, when he finished fourth. He finished seventh in 2016, but his other four points-scoring appearances have all been ninth place finishes. He finished only fifteenth last year. 2012 is the only season that Perez has failed to reach the end of the race here. The Mexican has qualified in fifteenth in each of the last two seasons. He has reached Q3 on four occasions at the circuit, with a best qualifying result of fifth with Sauber in 2012. 2015 is the only occasion that he has been eliminated in Q1. Last season marked the first time that Perez failed to gain any position from where he started in the Spanish Grand Prix since 2013.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll is yet to score at the Spanish Grand Prix, with a best finish of eleventh in 2018. The Canadian retired from the event for the first time last season after a collision with Lando Norris. Stroll has never progressed past Q1 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and has never beaten his team-mate in qualifying at the track. He recorded his best qualifying position at the circuit last year with seventeenth.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat has a 100% finish rate at the Spanish Grand Prix and has scored on four of his five appearances. The Russian has never finished above ninth at the circuit; the position in which he has finished on both of his last two outings in Spain. Kvyat has reached Q3 twice, in 2015 and 2019. His best qualifying result here came with Red Bull in 2015, when he lined up eighth on the grid. Kvyat hasn’t lost a position from where he has started at the track since 2015.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly scored at the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time in 2019. He finished in sixth position, following on from his retirement from the event in 2018. The Frenchman also recorded his first Q3 appearance at the track last year, with sixth on the grid. He was out in Q2 in 2018. Gasly is yet to out-qualify his team-mate on pace alone at the Spanish Grand Prix.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen has not scored at the Spanish Grand Prix since finishing as runner-up in 2016. He retired in both 2017 and 2018, and could finish only fourteenth with Alfa Romeo in 2019. The Finn has six retirements in total at the track. Raikkonen has won here twice, with McLaren in 2005 and with Ferrari in 2008. He has had a further two podium finishes and has scored on eight of his seventeen appearances. In both of the races which he has won here, Raikkonen started from pole. Those are the only occasions that he has started from the front row at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Last season marked the first time since 2009 that Raikkonen has failed to reach Q3 at the circuit. Of the races which he has finished here, 2014 is the only occasion that Raikkonen has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi finished sixteenth on his first Spanish Grand Prix appearance last season. He failed to out-qualify his team-mate, lining up only eighteenth on the grid. The Italian had a disappointing weekend at the track in GP2 in 2016. He finished only eighteenth in the Feature Race, before a collision with Sean Gelael resulted in a hefty impact with the tyre barrier in the Sprint Race.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
From his eight Spanish Grand Prix appearances, Romain Grosjean has scored five times and retired three times. His best finish at the track came on his first F1 appearance here, when he finished fourth. Meanwhile, Grosjean’s best qualifying result is third, which he also scored on his first appearance in 2012. He’s reached Q3 five times in total and has never been eliminated in Q1.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen has a 100% finish rate at the Spanish Grand Prix, and has scored in each of the last two seasons. His best result here is sixth place, in 2018, and he finished seventh last year. Magnussen has also qualified in the top ten in each of the last two years, with a best result in 2018 of seventh. He has never been eliminated in Q1 at this track. 2019 marked the first time that the Dane has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the Catalunya circuit since his maiden season.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell finished seventeenth in last year’s Spanish Grand Prix. He out-qualified his team-mate, setting the nineteenth fastest time in Q1 and ultimately lining up eighteenth on the grid. Prior to F1, Russell raced at this track in two categories. In GP3 in 2017, he finished fourth and fifth in the two races, while in 2018 in F2, Russell won the Feature Race and finished fourth in the Sprint Race.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
This will be Nicholas Latifi’s first appearance at the Spanish Grand Prix. The Canadian has appeared at the track in all of the last four seasons in GP2 and F2. The 2018 Feature Race is the only one of the eight races which he failed to score a point in. He finished on the podium in both the 2016 Feature Race and the 2017 Sprint Race and emerged victorious in the 2019 Feature Race.
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