Mercedes have won seven of the last eight Spanish Grands Prix, Red Bull have finished on the podium in all of the last six seasons and Williams recorded their most recent win here in 2012. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Spanish Grand Prix!
WINS: 7, POLES: 9, PODIUMS: 13 | 2021 RESULT: HAMILTON 1st, BOTTAS 3rd
The Mercedes team have excelled at the Spanish Grand Prix in recent years. They’ve won all but one of the last eight races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and probably would have won all eight, 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 eight seasons – their most recent being in 2019 – and have finished with both cars on the podium in all of the last four years.
Mercedes have locked-out the front row in all but two of the last nine Spanish Grands Prix. The only times that they failed to do so were in 2017 and 2021, when Valtteri Bottas qualified in a ‘lowly’ third place. There’s yet to be an occasion on which a Mercedes driver 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: 3, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 11 | 2021 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 2nd, PEREZ 5th
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. Verstappen’s second place in 2020 marked the first time that a Red Bull driver has finished as runner-up at this circuit. He finished as runner-up again last year. Prior to that, the team finished with a driver in third place in all of the previous three seasons, meaning that Red Bull have had a car on the podium in Spain in every season since 2016. 2010 is the only year where both Red Bull drivers finished in the top three here. 2006 is the only year that 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. Last year, Max Verstappen recorded the team’s first front row start at the circuit since 2011. 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. Sergio Perez qualified eighth last year – the team’s worst qualifying position at the track since 2015. In the past thirteen 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 remains the only time neither of their cars have qualified in the top ten.
WINS: 8, POLES: 7, PODIUMS: 25 | 2021 RESULT: LECLERC 4th, SAINZ 7th
Historically, 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 thirteen years. The Scuderia have not finished on the Spanish Grand Prix podium since 2017. In that time, Kimi Raikkonen has recorded two DNFs, while Charles Leclerc recorded their third retirement in the past five Spanish Grands Prix in 2020. 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.
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. In 2020, Sebastian Vettel became only the sixth Ferrari driver to fail to qualify in the top ten at Catalunya since 1991. With Charles Leclerc qualifying ninth, it was the first race at the circuit in which neither Ferrari driver qualified in the top eight. Last year, both drivers qualified inside the top six. Since 2006, the team have reached Q3 with both cars on every occasion bar three – Kimi Raikkonen was out in Q1 in 2009, Felipe Massa was eliminated in Q2 in 2012, and the aforementioned Vettel was out in Q2 in 2020.
WINS: 4, POLES: 4, PODIUMS: 14 | 2021 RESULT: RICCIARDO 6th, NORRIS, 8th
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. In 2020, Carlos Sainz’s sixth place finish marked the team’s first top seven finish since 2011, and with Lando Norris tenth, it was the first time both McLaren cars scored at the circuit since 2013. Last year, Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth, with Norris eighth. It was the first time both cars finished in the top eight here since 2011.
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 sixteen seasons, having done so in 2007. 1998 is the only year that the team have locked-out the front row at the circuit. In 2020, Sainz and Norris both reached Q3, making it the first time both McLaren drivers qualified in the top ten at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2011. Both McLaren drivers reached Q3 again in 2021. 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: 3, PODIUMS: 14* | 2021 RESULT: OCON 9th, ALONSO 17th
Fernando Alonso’s win at his home event in 2006 for Renault remains the Enstone-based team’s only victory at the Spanish Grand Prix since 1994, when Michael Schumacher won in their Benetton guise. Between 2003 and 2006, Renault featured on the podium every year and the team scored further podium finishes as Lotus in 2012 and 2013. 2008 is the last time the team recorded a double DNF at this circuit. Esteban Ocon finished ninth last year, recording the team’s first points at the track since 2018.
Just as Renault’s 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. The team took pole as Benetton in both 1994 and 1995, with a further front row start in 1992. Both drivers reached Q3 here last year – the first time the team managed that at this circuit since 2013.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: GASLY 10th, TSUNODA DNF
In all of their first four seasons in the sport, the Red Bull junior team failed to finish the Spanish Grand Prix with either car. It was only in 2010 when this unlucky streak ended, and Jaime Alguersuari finished tenth, picking up the team’s first point at the circuit. Since then, Toro Rosso failed to finish three times, and the team has scored in six of the last seven 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 of the team’s cars have finished in the top ten at the track. Last year, Pierre Gasly finished tenth, while Yuki Tsunoda retired with engine issues.
Pierre Gasly reached Q3 for AlphaTauri in 2020, marking only the fifth time in their history that a driver for the Red Bull junior team has progressed to Q3 at the Spanish Grand Prix. Other than Gasly in 2020, both Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz reached Q3 in 2015, Sainz once again qualified in the top ten in 2016 and in 2019 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.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: STROLL 11th, VETTEL 13th
2020 marked the first time that Team Silverstone scored with both cars at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2017. In both 2017 and 2020, the team finished with both cars in the top five. Their best result here is fourth, recorded four times. In the past six seasons, 2019 and 2021 are the only years in which this team has failed to score at Catalunya.
In 2020, Sergio Perez recorded Team Silverstone’s best ever Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result with fourth place. With Lance Stroll also qualifying fifth, this was the first time that both cars had qualified in the top five in the team’s 30-year history at the track. It was also the first time the team had qualified in the top ten here with both cars since 2017 – and only the second time the team has achieved the feat in the last twenty seasons. In 2019, Stroll recorded the team’s first Q1 exit since 2015 – and only their third Q1 elimination at the track in the last twelve seasons. Both cars were out in Q2 last year.
WINS: 6, POLES: 5, PODIUMS: 10 | 2021 RESULT: RUSSELL 14th, LATIFI 16th
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; which was one of only three occasions on which 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 thirteen 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 fourth time in 2020, the other occasions being in 2013, 2018 and 2019. 2019 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. Last year, George Russell became the first Williams driver to make it out of Q1 at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2017.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 12th, GIOVINAZZI 15th
The former Sauber team have scored only five points at the Spanish Grand Prix in the last nine years. Those five points have come courtesy of an eighth place finish for Pascal Wehrlein in 2017 and tenth for Charles Leclerc in the following season. Sauber’s best ever 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 eleven seasons. 2002 and 2011 are the only occasions on which both of the teams’ cars have finished in the points at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The former Sauber team have not reached Q3 at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2012. In all of the last eight seasons, at least one of their cars has been eliminated in Q1. 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, while Antonio Giovinazzi’s twentieth place in 2020 was the first time a driver for this team has qualified in last place at the Spanish Grand Prix.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: SCHUMACHER 18th, MAZEPIN 19th
2020 was the first time since their maiden season that Haas failed to score at the Spanish Grand Prix. They also failed to score last year. In 2019, both Haas drivers finished in the points at the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time. Haas’s best finish here came courtesy of Kevin Magnussen, who finished sixth in 2018. From their twelve starts, the team have suffered two retirements at the track, both with Romain Grosjean’s car, in 2016 and 2018.
Haas saw both cars reach Q3 in 2018 and 2019, but both cars have been eliminated in Q1 at the Spanish Grand Prix in the past two seasons. In both 2016 and 2017, both drivers were eliminated in Q2. The team’s best qualifying result here is seventh recorded by Kevin Magnussen in 2018 and Romain Grosjean in 2019, while their worst is twentieth, recorded by Nikita Mazepin last year.
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