Alonso has the opportunity to take a fourth win at home, Red Bull can become the third team to win all of the first seven races of the year and Verstappen could move up the list of most laps led in Formula 1. Here are the milestones and the records which could be broken at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix!
THE 2023 SPANISH GRAND PRIX MILESTONES
The 2023 Spanish Grand Prix will be the 1,086th World Championship event in Formula 1 history.
This will be the 60th time that Formula 1 has raced in Spain. It will be the 33rd Grand Prix held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
This will be the 63rd Spanish Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1913 and the 53rd time that the event has been run as a round of the World Championship.
At the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, Spain becomes the eighth nation to have hosted 60 rounds of the World Championship.
This weekend, Fernando Alonso will become the first driver to make 20 appearances at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He’s currently tied for most starts at the track with Rubens Barrichello, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen.
The Spanish Grand Prix moves to a June slot in 2023. It’s the first time that the event will be held in the month of June since Michael Schumacher memorably took his first Ferrari win in wet conditions in 1996.
This will be the 450th Grand Prix to feature a Japanese driver on the grid.
This weekend, Oscar Piastri overtakes Larry Perkins and Dave Walker to become the seventh most experienced Australian driver in Formula 1.
The 2023 Spanish Grand Prix will be the seventh round of the World Championship to be held on June 4. The last race held on this date was the 2000 Monaco Grand Prix. The last time the Spanish Grand Prix was held on this date was in 1978.
The third lap of the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix will be the 2,100th Grand Prix racing lap to take place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
THE FORMULA 1 RECORDS TO BREAK
Victory for Fernando Alonso at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix would make him the seventh driver to have won on home soil on four occasions. In addition to two Spanish Grand Prix wins, Alonso also won the 2012 European Grand Prix, held in Valencia. Read more: Most F1 wins on home soil.
Having won all of the first six races of the year, victory for Red Bull at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix would make this only the third Formula 1 season in which a single team has won all of the first seven races of the season. Red Bull would be the third team to achieve the feat, after McLaren in 1988 and Mercedes in 2019.
A win for Red Bull would make this only the 11th time that a team has taken seven consecutive wins in Formula 1. They’ve won every race since the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso is on the hunt for his 104th podium finish in Formula 1. Should he finish in the top three this weekend, he would overtake Kimi Raikkonen and sit fifth on the list of most Formula 1 podiums.
Having finished as runner-up at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix, another top two finish for Fernando Alonso at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix would make this the first time he has scored consecutive top two results since the 2013 Italian and Singapore Grands Prix.
A front row qualification for Fernando Alonso at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix would make this the first time he’s started from the front row at three consecutive races since the 2007 Monaco, Canadian and United States Grands Prix.
If Max Verstappen leads 15 laps of the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, he will overtake Nigel Mansell as the driver to have led the sixth most laps in F1 history.
A Q3 appearance for Max Verstappen would make him the eighth driver to record 150 Q3 appearances during his Formula 1 career.
At the 2023 Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen joined a small group of drivers who’ve won a race from eight different grid positions. Verstappen is one grid position away from equalling Fernando Alonso as the driver to have won from the most different grid slots in F1. Verstappen will equal the record should he win from 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th or any grid position further back than 14th.
Max Verstappen could equal Sebastian Vettel as the driver to have taken the fourth-most wins without starting from pole position. Verstappen has won 21 races so far in his career without having taken pole position for the Grand Prix.
Having already won the Saudi Arabian and Singapore Grands Prix, one more victory for Sergio Perez in 2023 would make this the first season in which he has won three Grands Prix in a single year.
If Fernando Alonso wins any race this season, he will become the oldest driver to win a Grand Prix since Jack Brabham at the 1970 South African Grand Prix. Brabham won that race at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 5 days.
A podium finish for either Ferrari driver will make the team the first to record 800 podium finishes in Formula 1.
If Lance Stroll scores 15 or more points this weekend, he’ll overtake Jacques Villeneuve as the Canadian driver to have scored the most points in Formula 1.
If Fernando Alonso lines up fifth on the grid, he will equal Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have lined up fifth on the grid on the most occasions in Formula 1. Raikkonen started fifth on 39 occasions during his career.
A fifth place finish for Fernando Alonso in the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix would see him equal Jenson Button for the most fifth place finishes in Formula 1. Button finished fifth on 27 occasions during his career.
If Logan Sargeant picks up two points this weekend, the United States would become the tenth nation to have scored 1,000 points in Formula 1. American drivers have been stuck on 998 points since the 1993 Italian Grand Prix, when Michael Andretti scored the last points of his career with a podium finish for McLaren.
A points finish for Valtteri Bottas at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix would see Finland overtake Italy as the nation to have scored in the fifth most F1 races. Both nations have scored points in 417 races to date.
A podium finish for Lando Norris or Oscar Piastri would make 2023 the 50th season in which a McLaren driver has finished on the podium.
If a British driver takes pole position at any race in 2023, it would be the 20th consecutive season in which a British driver has taken pole. It would be a new record for most consecutive seasons in which a nation has taken a pole position, overtaking Britain’s long-standing record of 19 seasons with a pole position between 1955 and 1973.
An eighth place finish for Nico Hulkenberg would see him equal Jenson Button and Carlos Sainz as the driver with the most eighth place finishes in Formula 1. Button recorded his 20th and final eighth place finish at the 2016 German Grand Prix, while Sainz equalled Button’s record at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix.
If Nico Hulkenberg lines up seventh on the grid, he’ll equal Fernando Alonso for most seventh places on the grid. Alonso could extend the record to 27.
A 14th place finish for Lance Stroll would see him set a new record for the most 14th place finishes in Formula 1. He currently shares the record with Pastor Maldonado.
If Esteban Ocon scores seven points this weekend, he’ll overtake Romain Grosjean as the French driver to have scored the second most points in Formula 1.
2023 SPANISH GRAND PRIX: RECORDS TO BREAK
Victory for Lewis Hamilton at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix would see him overtake Michael Schumacher and set a new outright record for most victories at the Spanish Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton or George Russell take victory in the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes will equal Ferrari as the team to have won the most races at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Ferrari could extend their record to nine wins at the track.
Ferrari and Mercedes are currently tied as the most successful engine manufacturers at the Spanish Grand Prix, with 12 wins apiece. Either manufacturer could set a new outright record of 13 wins at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, while Renault could equal the existing record.
If both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finish on the podium, Ferrari would become the first team to record 40 top three finishes at the Spanish Grand Prix.
If Ferrari lead 42 laps of the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, they will become the first team to lead 1,000 laps at the event. Ferrari have led almost double the number of laps at the Spanish Grand Prix than McLaren, the team who sit second on the list.
Three points for Ferrari on Sunday would see them become the first team to score 500 points at the Spanish Grand Prix.
If Fernando Alonso completes the first 16 laps of the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, he will overtake Michael Schumacher as the driver to have raced the most laps at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
If he crosses the finish line, Fernando Alonso will equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 17 finishes at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
2023 SPANISH GRAND PRIX: QUALIFYING RECORDS
Lewis Hamilton can equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven pole positions at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
If he qualifies in the top two, Lewis Hamilton will become the first driver to have started from the front row at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on ten occasions.
If a Ferrari driver takes pole, the Scuderia will equal Mercedes’ record of nine pole positions at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Meanwhile, Mercedes can become the first team to record ten pole positions at the track.
If a team other than Mercedes or Ferrari take pole position at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, it would equal the longest streak of different teams taking pole at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Three different teams have taken pole at three consecutive races at the track on three previous occasions: from 2004 to 2006, from 2008 to 2010 and from 2011 to 2013.
Pole position for a Mercedes-powered car would see them equal Ferrari as the engine manufacturer with the most pole positions at the Spanish Grand Prix. Ferrari could extend the existing record to 15.
Pole for Nico Hulkenberg at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix would see Germany equal Britain as the nation with the most poles at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Britain could be the first nation to record ten poles at the track.
Max Verstappen will be hoping to maintain his 100% Q3 record at the Spanish Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher is the only other driver to have never missed out on Q3 here on every appearance since the qualifying system was introduced in 2006. Logan Sargeant, Nyck de Vries and Oscar Piastri could join the group.
Lewis Hamilton could become the first driver to reach 15 Q3 appearances at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, while Fernando Alonso could equal Hamilton’s existing record.
If he’s out in Q2 at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg will set a new outright record for most Q2 exits at the event. He’s currently tied on six with Jenson Button.
A Q1 exit for Lance Stroll would see him equal Marcus Ericsson’s record of five Q1 eliminations at the Spanish Grand Prix.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST VICTORY SINCE 2021
Victory for Lewis Hamilton would see car number 44 equal car number 2 as the car number to have taken the third most wins in Formula 1.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton at any race in 2023 would see him move into the top 20 of the oldest drivers to win a Grand Prix in Formula 1. He would overtake Damon Hill as the third-oldest British driver to have won a Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton wins any race this year, he’ll overtake Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have had the longest gap between his first and last Grand Prix victories. He’d also be the first driver to have won after the 300th race of his career. Fernando Alonso would break the record if he were to take victory.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton would make him the first driver to have won in 16 different Formula 1 seasons. 2022 is the only season during his career in which Hamilton has not taken a victory.
WILL MERCEDES BE BACK IN THE FIGHT?
A victory for Mercedes would make 2023 the 12th consecutive season in which the team has won a race. They would be only the third team to win in 12 consecutive seasons, after Ferrari (1994-2013) and McLaren (1981-1993).
Pole position for Mercedes would see them become only the second team, after Ferrari between 1994 and 2008, to have taken pole positions in 12 consecutive seasons.
Victory for a Mercedes-powered car would see them become only the third engine manufacturer to have won in 17 consecutive Formula 1 seasons. The only other manufacturers to have done so are Ferrari (20 seasons, between 1994-2013) and Ford Cosworth (17 seasons, between 1967-1983).
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of seventeen podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.