Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has been the host of the Spanish Grand Prix since 1991. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the track ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix!
Track length: 4.675km
Race length: 308.424km
Circuit opened: 1991
F1 first visited: 1991
Races held: 31
Track Record: 1:15.406, Valtteri Bottas, 2019
Lap Record: 1:18.149, Max Verstappen, 2021
There have been 31 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 and Lewis Hamilton share the record for the most wins here, having taken six victories each. Ferrari are the team with the most wins, with eight. British drivers have been the most successful here, with ten wins. Britain’s tally includes wins for Lewis Hamilton, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button. Mercedes set a new record for most wins for an engine manufacturer at the circuit in 2021, powering their twelfth victory.
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 five successive wins.
Mercedes hold the record for most consecutive team wins at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. They won for a fifth consecutive year with Lewis Hamilton in 2021. Williams and Ferrari are the other teams to have had long winning streaks at the venue. Williams took four victories in a row between 1991 and 1994, while Ferrari won four in a row between 2001 and 2004.
There are four previous winners of the Spanish Grand Prix on the 2022 grid. Lewis Hamilton has the most wins of the current field here, having won six times, Fernando Alonso has 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 16.127 seconds. From the last ten Spanish Grands Prix, the average win margin has been 9.951 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 twelve 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 21.
On the 2022 grid, there are six previous Spanish Grand Prix podium finishers. Lewis Hamilton has the most, with ten, Fernando Alonso has had seven home podiums, while Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen have finished in the top three five times. Valtteri Bottas has finished in the top three on four occasions and Daniel Ricciardo has had two podiums at the track.
The polesitter has gone on to finish on the podium at this circuit 25 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 three times, in 2014, 2015 and 2021.
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 – their tally now standing at nine. Lewis Hamilton gave British drivers the outright record for most poles at the circuit in 2021, recording the nation’s ninth pole here.
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso are the only drivers on the current grid to have taken pole here. Hamilton has taken six pole positions in Spain, while Bottas and Alonso have taken 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. Meanwhile, Hamilton is the only driver to have taken consecutive poles on multliple occasions at the track. He did so in 2016-2018 and in 2020-2021.
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 nine 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 nine occasions at this track, including four times in the last five seasons.
From the last ten Spanish Grands Prix, the average pole margin at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is 0.181 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The polesitter at this track has gone on to win the Grand Prix 23 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 28 times. This means that 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 victory with Ferrari.
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 on which 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 eight 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.
700 F1 cars have been entered into a Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. From those 700 cars, 682 cars have qualified for races. 676 of those cars have started a race here, while 487 have reached the chequered flag. Of the cars which have started races here, the finish rate is 70.71%.
The highest number of finishers in a race at this track is 21, which happened in 2011. However, 2020 and 2021 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 2,031 racing laps at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
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 seventeen 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 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. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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