1063rd F1 GRAND PRIX | 62nd SPANISH GRAND PRIX | 32nd GRAND PRIX AT CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA
2021 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2021 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
On the calendar since 1991, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has been host of the Spanish Grand Prix for the past 30 years. The 2022 Spanish Grand Prix is set to take place on May 20-22.
Friday 20th May
Free Practice 1 – 2pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 5pm Local Time/ 4pm UK Time
Saturday 21st May
Free Practice 3 – 1pm Local Time/ 12pm UK Time
Qualifying – 4pm Local Time/ 3pm UK Time
Sunday 22nd May
The 2022 Spanish Grand Prix – 3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time
Having tied with Michael Schumacher last year, Lewis Hamilton could set a new outright record for most Spanish Grand Prix victories in 2022.
Lewis Hamilton can equal Michael Schumacher’s record of Spanish Grand Prix poles this weekend. Schumacher took pole here on seven occasions in his career.
Should he qualify 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.
Ferrari hold the record for most victories at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with eight. They could extend their record this weekend, or their record could be equalled by Mercedes.
If a Mercedes driver wins this weekend, Mercedes would extend their record of most consecutive wins at the track to six.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA?
There have been a few changes to the track since F1 last visited for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix. The run-off area at Turn 4 has been extended and a new kerb has been installed at Turn 3.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX?
Like last year, there will be two DRS zones at the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix. The first activation zone is between Turns 9 and 10, while the second is on the main straight.
CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA TRACK GUIDE
The Spanish Grand Prix moved homes plenty of times before it settled at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 1991. The track is well known by drivers and mechanics thanks to extensive testing.
Spain has one of the longest histories with motorsport, with the first Spanish Grand Prix taking place in 1913 on a road circuit near Madrid. Another race was held ten years later, after the First World War, at the Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar, before Grand Prix racing found a more permanent home at the Circuito Lasarte. The racing was popular, but was halted when the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936.
Racing returned in the 1950s, as Spain hosted a Formula 1 race for the first time at the Pedralbes circuit. Between 1968 and 1975, the sport visited the Circuito del Jarama and the Montjuïc circuit on a yearly rotation, before the latter hosted the Spanish Grand Prix consistently between 1976 and 1981 following a crash which killed four spectators at the Montjuïc circuit.
In 1986, the new Jerez circuit was built to host the Spanish Grand Prix, though this only lasted for five seasons before the event moved to another new venue – the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The 20 drivers will be split into four groups for this week’s press conference. Here are the groups:
- Group 1: Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso, Mick Schumacher, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Pérez
- Group 2: Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Nicholas Latifi
- Group 3: Zhou Guanyu, Lance Stroll, Kevin Magnussen, Lando Norris, Alex Albon
- Group 4: Yuki Tsunoda, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, George Russell
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Andrew Green (Aston Martin), Laurent Mekies (Ferrari), Dave Robson (Williams), Jody Egginton (AlphaTauri), Mike Elliott (Mercedes) and Pierre Waché (Red Bull).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Niels Wittich will be the Race Director at the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Vitantonio Liuzzi.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C1, C2 and C3 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX?
Starting from pole for the 100th time, Lewis Hamilton took a sixth consecutive Spanish Grand Prix victory in 2021 as Mercedes won a strategic battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Formula 1 headed to a revised layout of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2021, with the track being reconfigured at Turn 10. Robert Kubica, filling in at Alfa Romeo, brought out the red flags in Free Practice 1 with a spin into the gravel at this corner.
In qualifying, Lewis Hamilton made history as he became the first driver to secure 100 pole positions in Formula 1. His lead at the start of the race was shortlived, as Max Verstappen stole the lead at Turn 1. Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri was an early casualty in the race, with his Honda engine giving up and coming to a halt.
Verstappen was first of the frontrunners to pit, with Hamilton stopping four laps later. The Red Bull emerged ahead after the first round of pit stops. Fourteen laps on, Mercedes committed to the two-stop strategy. Hamilton pitted for fresh tyres in scenes reminiscent of the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas was instructed to give up his position to his team-mate but did not make life easy for Hamilton.
With seven laps to go, Hamilton had closed up to the rear of race leader Verstappen. Hamilton made the race-winning move at the start of Lap 60 and went on to claim a sixth consecutive win in Spain. There were mixed fortunes for the Spanish drivers. Carlos Sainz finished in seventh place, while Fernando Alonso finished a lap down in seventeenth. The Alpine driver dropped down the order on older tyres towards the end of the race.