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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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Catalunya circuit: three corners in detail

Catalunya Circuit layout & records

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
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 Spanish F1 GP result 11 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Nico Rosberg
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Daniel Ricciardo
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Mercedes
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Mercedes
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2013 2013 Spanish F1 GP result 12 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Lotus F1
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2012 2012 Spanish Grand Prix result 13 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Pastor Maldonado
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Lotus F1
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2011 2011 Spanish Grand Prix result 22 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2010 2010 Spanish Grand Prix result 9 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2009 2009 Spanish Grand Prix result 10 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Brawn
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Brawn
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2008 2008 Spanish Grand Prix result 27 April 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2007 2007 Spanish Grand Prix result 13 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2006 2006 Spanish Grand Prix result 14 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Giancarlo Fisichella
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Renault
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Renault
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2005 2005 Spanish Grand Prix result 8 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jarno Trulli
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Renault
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Toyota
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2004 2004 Spanish Grand Prix result 9 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jarno Trulli
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Renault
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2003 2003 Spanish Grand Prix result 4 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Renault
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2002 2002 Spanish Grand Prix result 28 April 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2001 2001 Spanish Grand Prix result 29 April 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
Catalunya Circuit layout & records BAR
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2000 2000 Spanish Grand Prix result 7 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1999 1999 Spanish Grand Prix result 30 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1998 1998 Spanish Grand Prix result May 10 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1997 1997 Spanish Grand Prix result 25 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Olivier Panis
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jean Alesi
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Prost
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1996 1996 Spanish Grand Prix result 2 June 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jean Alesi
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Benetton
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
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1995 1995 Spanish Grand Prix result 14 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Johnny Herbert
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Gerhard Berger
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Benetton
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Benetton
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1994 1994 Spanish Grand Prix result 29 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Damon Hill
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Mark Blundell
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Benetton
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Tyrrell
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1993 1993 Spanish Grand Prix result 9 May 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ayrton Senna
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
Catalunya Circuit layout & records McLaren
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1992 1992 Spanish Grand Prix result May 3 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Nigel Mansell
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Jean Alesi
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Benetton
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1991 1991 Spanish Grand Prix result September 29 1 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Nigel Mansell
2 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
3 Catalunya Circuit layout & records Riccardo Patrese
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Catalunya Circuit layout & records Williams
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