Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ahead of the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix!
🇪🇸 RACE WINNERS
There have been 30 Spanish Grands Prix held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since its inaugural race in 1991. During that time, there have been sixteen different drivers who have won a Formula 1 race at the track.
Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most wins here, having taken victory six times, while Ferrari are the team with the most wins, with eight. British drivers have been the most successful here, with nine wins. Britain’s tally includes wins for Lewis Hamilton, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button. Renault and Mercedes are tied as the engine manufacturer with the most wins at the Catalunya circuit, each having powered eleven victories.
Four drivers have taken back-to-back wins at this track. They are Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton. Of those, Schumacher, Hakkinen and Hamilton have taken more than two consecutive Spanish Grand Prix victories. Hakkinen won three in a row between 1998 and 2000, Schumacher took four in a row from 2001 to 2004 and Hamilton is currently on a streak of three successive wins.
Williams, Ferrari and Williams share the record for most consecutive team wins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Williams took four victories in a row between 1991 and 1994, while Ferrari won four in a row between 2001 and 2004. Mercedes joined the list in 2020, having won every race at the track since 2017.
There are five previous winners of the Spanish Grand Prix on the 2021 grid. Lewis Hamilton has the most wins of the current field here, having won four times, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have each won twice, while Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen have each taken a single victory.
The longest streak of different winners at this track came between 2006 and 2016, when there were no repeat winners for eleven years.
The smallest win margin here came in 2016, when Max Verstappen took his maiden Formula 1 victory by finishing just 0.616 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. The largest win margin at the Catalunya circuit is 51.988 seconds, which Michael Schumacher achieved in 1995.
The Spanish Grand Prix at this track has been won by less than ten seconds on thirteen occasions. It has been won by less than five seconds on seven occasions and by less than a second three times.
The average win margin at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is 16.136 seconds. From the last ten Spanish Grands Prix, the average win margin has been 8.430 seconds.
🇪🇸 ON THE PODIUM
Thirty different drivers have finished on the Spanish Grand Prix podium since the event moved to the Catalunya circuit in 1991.
From those thirty, Michael Schumacher has taken the most podiums here with eleven top three finishes. Ferrari are the team with the most podiums at the track with 25. British drivers have the record for most podium finishes at Catalunya, with twenty.
On the 2021 grid, there are seven previous Spanish Grand Prix podium finishers. Lewis Hamilton has the most, with nine, Fernando Alonso has had seven home podiums, while Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have each finished in the top three five times in Spain. Max Verstappen has four top three finishes, Valtteri Bottas has finished in the top three on three occasions and Daniel Ricciardo has had two podiums at the track.
The polesitter has gone on to finish on the podium at this circuit 24 times.
The lowest grid slot a podium finish at this track has come from is twelfth, which has happened twice – Olivier Panis finished second in 1997 after starting twelfth, and Juan Pablo Montoya did the same thing in 2001.
The 2013 and 2016 Spanish Grands Prix are the only two races here where none of the top three qualifiers finished on the podium.
The top three qualifiers have finished in the order they qualified at this track only twice, in 2014 and 2015.
Just eleven podium finishes at this track have come from outside the top five on the grid.
There have been sixteen different polesitters at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya.
Michael Schumacher has had the most pole positions here, with seven, while Mercedes overtook Ferrari as the team with the most poles here in 2020, with eight. German and British drivers are tied for the most poles of any nation at the track, with eight apiece.
Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso are the only drivers on the current grid to have taken pole here. Hamilton has taken five pole positions in Spain and Raikkonen has started from the front twice. Bottas and Alonso have taken pole one pole each here.
Four drivers have taken back-to-back poles at this track. Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton are the drivers who’ve achieved this. Schumacher is the driver with the most consecutive poles at the track. He took pole in every season between 2000 and 2004.
Mercedes hold the record for the most consecutive pole positions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. They’ve started from pole in all of the last eight seasons.
The difference between the fastest and slowest session-topping qualifying laps at this track is 10.584 seconds. The fastest qualifying time at this track was Michael Schumacher’s fastest lap in Q2 in 2006, while the slowest was Lewis Hamilton’s pole lap in 2014.
The largest gap between the pole lap and the slowest qualifying lap in a session at this track is 14.138 seconds, which happened in 2003. Meanwhile, the smallest gap between the fastest and slowest laps in a session is 2.250 seconds, which occurred in 2009.
The smallest pole margin at the Catalunya circuit is 0.017 seconds, which is the gap Pastor Maldonado took his only Formula 1 pole by in 2012. The largest margin pole was taken by at this track came in 1992, when Nigel Mansell set the fastest time by 1.005 seconds.
Pole has been taken by less than a tenth on eight occasions at this track, including three times in the last four seasons.
From the last ten Spanish Grands Prix, the average pole margin at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is 0.197 seconds.
🇪🇸 SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The polesitter at this track has gone on to win the Grand Prix 22 times. In 2019, Valtteri Bottas became only the second polesitter at the track to fail to win the race but to go on and finish on the podium. Michael Schumacher’s second place in 1994 is the only other time that has happened.
The Spanish Grand Prix at this track has been won from the front row of the grid 27 times. Meaning just three victories here have been taken from third or further back.
The furthest back a Grand Prix at this track has been won from is fifth on the grid. That happened in 2013, when Fernando Alonso took his final Formula 1 victory.
🇪🇸 SUNDAY STATS
The most drivers to finish on the same lap as the leader at this track is sixteen, which happened in 2019. 1997 is the only other occasion where the number of drivers who completed all the laps in the Grand Prix was into double figures. Conversely, the least number of drivers to finish on the lead lap is three, which has happened in 1993, 1994, 1996, 2017 and 2020.
The Safety Car has been deployed in seven Spanish Grands Prix at this track. The most Safety Car appearances at this circuit is two, which has happened in 2008 and 2018.
Three races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya have been affected by rain, but no Grand Prix at this circuit has been affected by rain since 1996.
Sixteen drivers have set the fastest lap of a race at this track. Michael Schumacher is the driver with the most fastest laps here. He set the fastest lap of the Spanish Grand Prix seven times during his career.
From the 656 cars which have started a race here, 441 have made it to the chequered flag. That gives an overall finish rate of 67.23%.
The highest number of finishers in a race at this track is 21, which happened in 2011. However, 2020 saw the highest percentage of finishers at the track, with 19 of the 20 starters (95%) finishing the race. The least number of drivers to reach the end of the race came at the 1996 event, when just six of the twenty starters crossed the finish line.
There has never been a red-flagged Spanish Grand Prix at this circuit. The 2007 Spanish Grand Prix is the only race at this track which did not run to full distance. The race was shortened by a single lap, due to an aborted start.
Since 1991, there have been 1,965 racing laps at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. That means that the 35th lap of the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix will be the 2,000th racing lap of the circuit.
🇪🇸 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
A World Champion has never been crowned at this track. The winner of the Spanish Grand Prix has gone on to win the title in the same season on eighteen occasions since 1991.
In the past sixteen seasons, the polesitter at the Spanish Grand Prix has gone on to win that year’s title on only six occasions.
The leader of the Drivers’ Championship after the Spanish Grand Prix has gone on to win that year’s title on 25 occasions since 1991.
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.