Mercedes have won five of the last six Spanish Grands Prix, Red Bull have finished on the podium in all of the last four seasons and Williams recorded their most recent win here in 2012. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya!
WINS: 5, POLES: 7, PODIUMS: 9, FINISH RATE: 80% | 2019 RESULT: HAMILTON 1st, BOTTAS 2nd
The Mercedes team have excelled at the Spanish Grand Prix in recent years. They’ve won all but one of the last six races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and probably would have won all six, if not for their drivers eliminating one another from the race on the opening lap in 2016. Aside from that, Mercedes have recorded only two other DNFs here since their F1 comeback in 2010. The team have scored points with at least one car every year, except in 2016, and have had one car in the top five every year except in 2013 and 2016. They’ve secured 1-2 finishes at the Spanish Grand Prix in four of the last six seasons, including in each of the last two years.
In the last seven Barcelona races, Mercedes have failed to lock-out the front row only once, and that was in 2017 when Valtteri Bottas qualified in a ‘lowly’ third place. There’s yet to be an occasion where a Mercedes has failed to reach Q3 here. Michael Schumacher’s tenth place in 2011, mainly due to a KERS failure which prevented him from setting a lap in Q3, is their lowest qualifying position at Catalunya to date.
WINS: 8, POLES: 7, PODIUMS: 25, FINISH RATE: 78% | 2019 RESULT: VETTEL 4th, LECLERC 5th
Ferrari are the most successful team at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with eight wins and 25 podiums, but have won only once at the track in the last eleven years. The Scuderia have not finished on the Spanish Grand Prix podium since 2017. The team have scored on every visit to the track, except in 2005, when Michael Schumacher retired from the race and Rubens Barrichello could finish only ninth. Kimi Raikkonen has recorded two DNFs at this track for Ferrari in the last three seasons.
Ferrari took seven poles here between 2000 and 2008, but since then have qualified on the front row only twice, with Fernando Alonso in 2012 and Sebastian Vettel in 2017. There have been only five occasions where a Ferrari has failed to qualify in the top ten here since 1991. The team have reached the final part of qualifying on every occasion bar two – Kimi Raikkonen was out in Q1 in 2009 and Felipe Massa was eliminated in Q2 in 2012.
WINS: 3, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 9, FINISH RATE: 90% | 2019 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 3rd, GASLY 6th
Red Bull have taken three wins at the Spanish Grand Prix, all with different drivers. Mark Webber won for the team here in 2010, Sebastian Vettel won in the following season and Max Verstappen took his maiden Formula 1 victory at the track in 2016. A Red Bull driver has never finished as runner-up at this circuit, but they have finished in third six times, including in all of the last three seasons. 2006 is the only year where Red Bull have failed to score at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, though neither of their cars retired from the race. The team have recorded only three DNFs at the circuit – Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2005, Mark Webber in 2007 and Max Verstappen in 2017.
Mark Webber is the only driver to have taken pole for Red Bull at the Spanish Grand Prix, having done so in both 2010 and 2011. In both of those seasons, Red Bull locked-out the front row. Sebastian Vettel’s second place in qualifying in 2009 is the only other time a Red Bull car has qualified on the front row here. The team qualified in fifth and sixth in 2017 and 2018, and bettered that with fourth and sixth last year. In the past eleven years, Webber’s eleventh place in 2012 is the only time a Red Bull car has failed to reach the final part of qualifying, while 2006 is the only time neither of their cars have qualified in the top ten.
WINS: 4, POLES: 4, PODIUMS: 14, FINISH RATE: 71% | 2019 RESULT: SAINZ 8th, NORRIS DNF
McLaren have won at this track four times in the past, including taking three 1-2 finishes between 1998 and 2000. Since then, Kimi Raikkonen’s 2005 win has been their only victory at the circuit. More podiums followed in 2007 and 2011, with both cars, while Lewis Hamilton also took a third place for the team in 2008. Since 2011, McLaren haven’t finished in the top seven in Spain. While there has been an upturn in fortunes for the team at the circuit recently, with two eighth place finishes in the last two years, they have also recorded one retirement in all of the last five Spanish Grands Prix.
McLaren’s pole tally at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya would be five, if not for Lewis Hamilton’s exclusion from the result in 2012. The exclusion also means Fernando Alonso is the only driver to have qualified on the front row for the team in the past fourteen seasons, having done so in 2007. 1998 is the only year that the team have locked-out the front row at the circuit. Between 2016 and 2018, McLaren have had one of their cars reach the final part of qualifying in all three seasons, all at the hands of Fernando Alonso, but last year both cars were eliminated in Q2. Heikki Kovalainen and Stoffel Vandoorne are the only drivers to have recorded Q1 exits for the team at the track, in 2009 and 2017 respectively.
WINS: 1, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 5, FINISH RATE: 86% | 2019 RESULT: RICCIARDO 12th, HULKENBERG 13th
Fernando Alonso’s win at his home event in 2006 remains Renault’s only victory at the Catalunya circuit. Between 2003 and 2006, the team featured on the podium every year, but their win in 2006, when Giancarlo Fisichella also finished on the podium, is their last top three appearance at the track. 2008 is the only time Renault have recorded a double DNF at this circuit, while 2002, 2016 and 2019 are the only other three times from their 14 appearances here that they’ve failed to score. The team scored in both 2017 and 2018, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth in 2017, and Carlos Sainz seventh in 2018.
Just as their only win here came in 2006 so too did their only pole, with Alonso taking the honours as Fisichella helped to lock out the front row for the team. Renault have had only one other front row qualification here, which came in 2008 when Alonso lined up second on the grid. Since their return to the sport, the team have reached the final part of qualifying twice. Carlos Sainz qualified in ninth in 2018 and Daniel Ricciardo qualified tenth last year. In all of their last five appearances at the track, Renault have suffered a Q1 exit with one of their cars.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 57% | 2019 RESULT: KVYAT 9th, ALBON 11th
In all of their first four seasons, the Toro Rosso team failed to finish the Spanish Grand Prix with either car. It was only in 2010 when this bad luck streak ended, and Jaime Alguersuari finished tenth, picking up the team’s first point at the circuit. Since then, Toro Rosso have only failed to finish three times, and have scored in four of the last five Spanish races. Carlos Sainz is responsible for the team’s best result at the track. He finished sixth in 2016. There’s yet to be a year that both Toro Rosso cars have finished in the top ten at the track – could their new Alpha Tauri name bring them more luck in 2020?
Toro Rosso have only made appearances in the final part of qualifying on three occasions at the Spanish Grand Prix. They were in 2015, when both Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz reached Q3, in 2016, when Sainz once again qualified in the top ten and last year, when Daniil Kvyat reached Q3. Sainz recorded the team’s best qualifying performance in Spain to date in 2015, when he lined up fifth on the grid. 2019 was the first season that neither Toro Rosso driver was eliminated in Q1 since 2016.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: PEREZ 15th, STROLL DNF
Racing Point failed to score at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, ending a three-year streak of points-scoring appearances for the former Force India team. Sergio Perez took the team’s best result at the track in 2017 with a fourth place finish – which was backed up by Esteban Ocon finishing fifth. In the last eight years, 2015 and 2019 are the only times that neither Force India car has scored points at the event.
Force India’s cars only qualified in the top ten here in three years – Paul di Resta in 2013, Sergio Perez in 2016 and both Perez and Esteban Ocon in 2017. The Silverstone-based team’s cars have never been particularly impressive in qualifying at Catalunya, though Lance Stroll recorded the team’s first Q1 exit since 2015 last year.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 14th, GIOVINAZZI 16th
Sauber’s best result at the Catalunya track is fourth, which they’ve taken four times – with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in 1996, Nick Heidfeld in 2002 and Robert Kubica in both 2007 and 2008. Sergio Perez’s retirement here in 2012 is the only time that the team have suffered a DNF at the circuit in the last nine seasons. 2002 and 2011 are the only occasions where both Sauber cars have finished in the points at the Spanish Grand Prix. The team scored at Catalunya in both 2017 and 2018 – Pascal Wehrlein finished eighth in 2017, while Charles Leclerc finished tenth in 2018 – but neither Kimi Raikkonen nor Antonio Giovinazzi were able to pick up points last year.
The former Sauber team have not reached Q3 at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2012. In all of the last six seasons, at least one of their cars has been eliminated in Q1, while 2016 marks their only double Q1 exit. Robert Kubica’s fourth on the grid in 2008 is the team’s best qualifying result at Catalunya.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: MAGNUSSEN 7th, GROSJEAN 10th
For the first time at Catalunya, both Haas drivers finished in the points at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen finished seventh, while Romain Grosjean finished tenth. Haas’s best finish here came courtesy of Magnussen, who finished sixth in 2018. From their eight starts, the team have suffered two retirements at the track, both with Romain Grosjean’s car. The Frenchman also supplied the team with their only other points scoring finish at the track so far, with tenth place in 2017.
2018 saw Haas reach the final part of qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time, and they followed that up last year by locking out the fourth row of the grid.The team are yet to record a Q1 exit here, with both of their cars being out in Q2 in both 2016 and 2017. It was Grosjean who out-qualified Magnussen last season, giving Haas their best grid slot at the track with seventh for a second season in a row.
WINS: 6, POLES: 5, PODIUMS: 10, FINISH RATE: 81% | 2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 17th, KUBICA 18th
Williams won all of the first four Spanish Grands Prix to be held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and took their most recent victory at the circuit in 2012, when Pastor Maldonado scored an unlikely win. The team haven’t scored at the track since 2016; one of only three occasions where both of their cars finished in the points at the track. Bruno Senna’s retirement in 2012, when Michael Schumacher collided with him, is the only time a Williams car has failed to finish the race here in the last eleven years.
Williams locked-out the front row at the Spanish Grand Prix in 1993, 1996 and 1997 and took further front row starts in 2004 and 2005. Their most recent pole at the track came in 2012, with Maldonado inheriting the spot after Lewis Hamilton’s exclusion. Williams recorded a double Q1 exit at Catalunya for the third time in 2019, the other occasions being in 2013 and 2018. Last season was the first time they have locked out the back row of the grid here. 2014 and 2015 are the only years where both cars have reached the final part of qualifying at the circuit, while at least one of their cars has been out in Q1 in every season since then.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.