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Catalunya Circuit layout & records

Catalunya Circuit Details
Location:Spain, Barcelona
Race:Spanish Grand Prix
Used Since:1991
Type:Closed Cricuit
 Lap Dist.:4.655 km

Lap Record

Lap Record:1:21,670 min
Date:27 April 2008
F1 Driver:Kimi Räikkönen
F1 Car:Ferrari F2008
Speed:205,192 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole:1:14.648 min
Date:14 May 2006
F1 Driver:Fernando Alonso
F1 Car:Renault R26
Speed:224,494 km/h
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Circuit de Catalunya Layout
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Catalunya circuit: three corners in detail

Catalunya circuit 1st and second corner

Catalunya circuit 1st and second corner

Turn 1 to 3
The first corner comes at the end of the 1km pit straight on which speeds will peak at well over 300kph. The car and engine are therefore subject to heavy braking loads as the driver scrubs off 50% of that speed to take the first corner at approximately 140kph. Halfway through Turn 1, drivers start to accelerate into Turn 2 and Turn 3 (also known as Renault) but as the Catalunya circuit starts to climb a car will have a tendency towards 'snappy' oversteer. Having a delay in engine response or an overshoot in torque delivery will only confirm this trend, thus increasing tyre wear as the car tries to slide to one side and subject the tyres to lateral g-force.

Turn 10
Once through Turn 9 the track begins to descend into Turn 10. The braking zone for this corner is the hardest one of the track, as the cars arrive at 300kph and take the turn at just over 70kph. To give the right stability engineers work very hard on the overrun settings, trying to give neutral engine braking when the driver is off the throttle. In parallel engineers will try to make the downward gear shifts as smooth as possible so the torque gradient change is ironed out and not too aggressive. Giving smooth downshifts and the right level of overrun will result in a better balance, thus helping to control wheel lock and minimize tyre wear. By the end of the corner the driver is down in first gear but needs to accelerate back up the hill. This sends huge loads through the tyres so pedal maps are often designed with just this corner in mind.

Turn 14 to 16
The chicane on this track is very slow and needs, again, the right amount of engine torque, not only at the entry of the corner but in the midpoint of the chicane. In fact the driver will just blip the throttle between the entry and the exit of the chicane as he changes direction. Even if he is only on the power for a millisecond balancing the car on this knife edge is critical to keep the car balanced, minimize wheelspin and ultimately gain lap time. Once the cars exit this chicane traction is very important as the speed will be carried through turn 16, with the driver ultimately going flat out using KERS onto the pit straight.

Previous F1 GP Winners on Circuit de Catalunya

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20162016 Spanish F1 GP result15th of May1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
66
66
66
20152015 Spanish F1 GP result10 May1 Germany Nico Rosberg
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
66
66
66
20142014 Spanish F1 GP result11 May1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20132013 Spanish F1 GP result12 May1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Brazil Felipe Massa
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus F1
Italy Ferrari
66
66
66
20122012 Spanish Grand Prix result13 May1 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus F1
66
66
66
20112011 Spanish Grand Prix result22 May1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
66
66
66
20102010 Spanish Grand Prix result9 May1 Australia Mark Webber
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20092009 Spanish Grand Prix result10 May1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Australia Mark Webber
United Kingdom Brawn
United Kingdom Brawn
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20082008 Spanish Grand Prix result27 April1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
66
66
66
20072007 Spanish Grand Prix result13 May1 Brazil Felipe Massa
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
65
65
65
20062006 Spanish Grand Prix result14 May1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
66
66
66
20052005 Spanish Grand Prix result8 May1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
Japan Toyota
66
66
66
20042004 Spanish Grand Prix result9 May1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Italy Jarno Trulli
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
66
66
66
20032003 Spanish Grand Prix result4 May1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
20022002 Spanish Grand Prix result28 April1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
65
65
65
20012001 Spanish Grand Prix result29 April1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom BAR
65
65
65
20002000 Spanish Grand Prix result7 May1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19991999 Spanish Grand Prix result30 May1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19981998 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 101 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19971997 Spanish Grand Prix result25 May1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
2 France Olivier Panis
3 France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
France Prost
Italy Benetton
64
64
64
19961996 Spanish Grand Prix result2 June1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 France Jean Alesi
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Italy Ferrari
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
65
65
65
19951995 Spanish Grand Prix result14 May1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
3 Austria Gerhard Berger
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19941994 Spanish Grand Prix result29 May1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Tyrrell
65
65
65
19931993 Spanish Grand Prix result9 May1 France Alain Prost
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
65
65
65
19921992 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 31 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19911991 Spanish Grand Prix resultSeptember 291 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 France Alain Prost
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
65
65
65