Hamilton has won the last four Catalunya races, Vettel has scored in all of the last twelve races at the track and Sainz has never failed to bring home points. 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 four 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 later disqualified. That’s the last time that he did not start on the front row here. In the last seven seasons, Hamilton has started from pole at the Spanish Grand Prix on five occasions. 2013 is the only season that Hamilton has finished the Spanish Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started from.
🇫🇮 VALTTERI BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas is yet to win the Spanish Grand Prix, but has finished on the podium in all of the last three seasons. From his eight appearances, 2013 and 2017 are the only seasons in which Bottas has not finished in the top five at Catalunya. He recorded his only retirement at the track in 2017 due to an engine failure. After qualifying third in 2017 and second in 2018, Bottas took his first pole position at the circuit in 2019. He qualified on the front row for a third consecutive season in 2020. 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.
🇳🇱 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 for a second time, Verstappen has finished on the podium at Catalunya in all of the last three seasons. He finished as runner-up last year. Verstappen has scored on four of his six 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, with last year marking his first qualification in the top three. Verstappen has not been out-qualified at the circuit since 2016.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
From his ten appearances at the Spanish Grand Prix, Sergio Perez has scored seven times. His best result so far here came with Force India in 2017, when he finished fourth. He finished in the top five for a second time at the track last year. 2012 is the only season that Perez has failed to reach the end of the race at Catalunya, while 2015 and 2019 are the only other years in which he has failed to score. Perez recorded his best Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result last year with fourth place, marking the first time since 2017 that he had reached Q3 at the circuit. 2013 and 2020 are the only years in which Perez has lost a position from where he has started at the Spanish Grand Prix.
🇦🇺 DANIEL RICCIARDO
Daniel Ricciardo has not scored at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2018. Though he has a 100% finish rate at the track, his fifth place with Red Bull remains his most recent points-scoring outing. His twelfth place in 2019 brought to an end a streak of finishing six Catalunya races inside the points. He finished eleventh with Renault last year. 2020 was the first time that Ricciardo has failed to reach Q3 at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2013. His best qualifying result here is third, recorded in 2014 and 2016. From his nine appearances, 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 at the track.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
Lando Norris scored his first point at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2020 with a tenth place finish. He failed to finish the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix following a collision with Lance Stroll. Norris reached Q3 at the circuit for the first time last year, qualifying in eighth place. In F2 in 2018, Norris secured two podium finishes at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, finishing third in both the Feature and Sprint races.
🇩🇪 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 the longest active points-scoring streak at the Spanish Grand Prix, having scored in all of the last twelve seasons. His retirement in 2008 is the only time that he has failed to score here. Last year, his seventh place finish marked his worst result since that retirement. 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. Last year, Vettel failed to reach Q3 for the first time at the track since 2008. It was the first time he had been out-qualified by his team-mate at Catalunya since 2016.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
Lance Stroll scored at the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time in 2020 with a fourth place finish. He finished outside of the points on his first two appearances, and retired from the race in 2019 after a collision with Lando Norris. His fifth place in qualifying last year was the first time that Stroll has made it out of Q1 at the circuit. He had never previously qualified above seventeenth place at the track. He is still yet to out-qualify a team-mate at the circuit.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
Fernando Alonso has won the Spanish Grand Prix twice, in 2006 and 2013. The 2013 Spanish Grand Prix remains Alonso’s most recent victory. Alonso has taken a further five podium finishes in front of his home crowd. He has retired three times at the track, including twice in his last four appearances. On his last appearance here, in 2018, he finished eighth, marking the first time he scored at the circuit since 2014. 2006 is the only season in which Alonso has taken pole here, though he has qualified on the front row on a further three occasions. In his last sixteen appearances, since 2003, 2015 is the only time that Alonso has failed to qualify in the top ten. 2004 and 2014 are the only years in which Alonso has been out-qualified by his team-mate.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
From his three previous appearances at the Spanish Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon has scored only once. He recorded what was then a career-best result of fifth at the event in 2017, before retiring with an oil leak in 2018 and finishing only thirteenth in 2020. His first appearance here in 2017 is also the only time that the Frenchman has reached Q3 at the circuit, having been eliminated in Q2 on his last two appearances. Meanwhile, 2018 is the only time that he has out-qualified his team-mate at the track.
🇲🇨 CHARLES LECLERC
2020 marked the first time that Charles Leclerc failed to score at the Spanish Grand Prix. He finished tenth with Sauber in 2018 and fifth with Ferrari in 2019, before failing to finish the 2020 race due to mechanical issues. Leclerc has reached Q3 at the track in the last two years, with a best qualifying result of fifth in 2019. 2019 is the only time that he has been out-qualified by a team-mate here.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
Carlos Sainz has never failed to score in all six of his appearances at his home event. His best result so far is sixth place, recorded in 2016 and 2020. Sainz has reached Q3 at the track four times, and his best qualifying result at the track remains fifth place from his first visit in 2015. 2019 is the only time that Sainz has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the Spanish Grand Prix. Sainz has gained positions from where he has started in all of the last five seasons.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Pierre Gasly has scored on his last two appearances at the Spanish Grand Prix, with a best result of sixth in 2019. He failed to finish the race on his first appearance in 2018. Gasly has reached Q2 at the last two Spanish races, qualifying in sixth place in 2019 and tenth in 2020, with a best qualifying result of sixth in 2019. 2020 marked the first time Gasly out-qualified his team-mate on pace at the circuit, as well as the first time he finished the event in a better position than where he started.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
Yuki Tsunoda has previously competed at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Formula 3 and Formula 2. In F2 last year, Tsunoda finished fourth in both the Feature Race and the Sprint Race.
🇫🇮 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 has finished fourteenth with Alfa Romeo in each of the last two seasons. 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 eighteen 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. Raikkonen has qualified in fourteenth in each of the last two years, being eliminated in Q2. 2009 is the only season in which Raikkonen has recorded a Q1 exit here. Of the Spanish Grands Prix which he has finished, 2014 is the only occasion that Raikkonen has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇮🇹 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Antonio Giovinazzi has finished in sixteenth position on both appearances so far at the Spanish Grand Prix. He has been out-qualified by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen on both appearances so far at the track, qualifying in eighteenth in 2019 and in last place in 2020. He has started from the back row in both 2019 and 2020, gaining three places in the 2019 event and four positions in 2020. 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.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
Mick Schumacher has previously raced at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Formula 2. Though he failed to score in either race in 2019, he scored in both races in 2020 with a best result of third in the Sprint Race.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
Nikita Mazepin has raced at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in GP3 and F2. Mazepin won the first GP3 race here in 2018, which was his debut race in the series. From his four F2 races here, Mazepin scored only once with a sixth place finish in the 2020 Sprint Race.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
George Russell has finished seventeenth on both appearances so far at the Spanish Grand Prix. He qualified on the back row in nineteenth place on his first appearance, and qualified eighteenth for last year’s race. He has started from eighteenth on the grid in both races and has gained one position both times. 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
Nicholas Latifi finished eighteenth on his first appearance at the Spanish Grand Prix last year. He qualified on the back row for the event, in nineteenth place. Prior to his F1 debut in 2020, the Canadian appeared at the track in all of the four previous 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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