THE 2021 SPANISH GRAND PRIX
ROUND 4. 7th – 9th May.
1039th F1 GRAND PRIX | 61st SPANISH GRAND PRIX | 31st GRAND PRIX AT CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA
2020 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2020 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Friday 7th May
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 10:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Saturday 8th May
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Sunday 9th May
The 2021 Spanish Grand Prix (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
- This weekend, Haas will equal the number of F1 appearances by the Shadow team.
- This will be Max Verstappen’s 100th race start with Red Bull. It’s the 20th time a driver has started 100 races with a single constructor. He equals Daniel Ricciardo’s tally of starts with the team.
- Kimi Raikkonen will equal Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello as the driver to have entered the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the most occasions. This will be his nineteenth appearance at the event. If he takes the start, he will equal Schumacher as the driver to have started a race here on the most occasions.
Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.
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.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the press conference at the Spanish Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Otmar Szafnauer (Aston Martin), Guenther Steiner (Haas), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Mario Isola (Pirelli) and Simon Roberts (Williams).
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 Derek Warwick.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C1, C2 and C3 compounds for this race weekend.
2020 SPANISH GP RECAP
Once again, the Spanish Grand Prix failed to provide a scintillating race as Lewis Hamilton stormed to a fourth consecutive Catalunya victory.
Lewis Hamilton started from pole position at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, having lapped just 0.059 seconds quicker than his team-mate in qualifying. It was a bad start for Valtteri Bottas, who lost positions to Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll, as Hamilton sailed into the lead. Bottas managed to re-pass Stroll on the fifth lap, with Verstappen staying close behind the leading Mercedes. Verstappen switched tyres as the race reached one third of its distance, emerging ahead of the Racing Points. Both Mercedes drivers pitted two laps later, with Verstappen remaining ahead of Bottas. There were battles in the midfield, with Lando Norris attempting an overtake on Esteban Ocon only to then be challenged himself by Charles Leclerc. Leclerc later spun and came to a halt at the final chicane with an engine issue. The Monegasque driver retired from the race as a result. Hamilton went on to take an unchallenged victory, with Verstappen and Bottas completing the podium. Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll finished fourth and fifth, securing a strong result for Racing Point.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:21.521 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:18.148 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:17.951 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:16.785 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Free Practice 2||1:20.802 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:18.259 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:17.284 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:16.883 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 3||1:20.214 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:17.281 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:16.568 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:17.222 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Qualifying||1:19.149 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:16.173 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:15.406 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:15.584 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:23.593 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:18.441 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:18.492 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:18.183 (Valtteri Bottas)|