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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
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 Spanish F1 GP result 11 May 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
2013 2013 Spanish F1 GP result 12 May 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Brazil Felipe Massa
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus F1
Italy Ferrari
66
66
66
2012 2012 Spanish Grand Prix result 13 May 1 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus F1
66
66
66
2011 2011 Spanish Grand Prix result 22 May 1 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
2010 2010 Spanish Grand Prix result 9 May 1 Australia Mark Webber
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
2009 2009 Spanish Grand Prix result 10 May 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Australia Mark Webber
United Kingdom Brawn
United Kingdom Brawn
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
2008 2008 Spanish Grand Prix result 27 April 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
66
66
66
2007 2007 Spanish Grand Prix result 13 May 1 Brazil Felipe Massa
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
65
65
65
2006 2006 Spanish Grand Prix result 14 May 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
66
66
66
2005 2005 Spanish Grand Prix result 8 May 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
Japan Toyota
66
66
66
2004 2004 Spanish Grand Prix result 9 May 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Italy Jarno Trulli
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
66
66
66
2003 2003 Spanish Grand Prix result 4 May 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
2002 2002 Spanish Grand Prix result 28 April 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
65
65
65
2001 2001 Spanish Grand Prix result 29 April 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom BAR
65
65
65
2000 2000 Spanish Grand Prix result 7 May 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
1999 1999 Spanish Grand Prix result 30 May 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
1998 1998 Spanish Grand Prix result May 10 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
1997 1997 Spanish Grand Prix result 25 May 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
2 France Olivier Panis
3 France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
France Prost
Italy Benetton
64
64
64
1996 1996 Spanish Grand Prix result 2 June 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 France Jean Alesi
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Italy Ferrari
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
65
65
65
1995 1995 Spanish Grand Prix result 14 May 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
3 Austria Gerhard Berger
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
1994 1994 Spanish Grand Prix result 29 May 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Tyrrell
65
65
65
1993 1993 Spanish Grand Prix result 9 May 1 France Alain Prost
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
65
65
65
1992 1992 Spanish Grand Prix result May 3 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
1991 1991 Spanish Grand Prix result September 29 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 France Alain Prost
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
65
65
65

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