Catalunya Circuit layout & records

Catalunya Circuit Details
Location:Catalunya Circuit: Barcelona F1 Track Map Layout & lap record Spain, Barcelona
Event:Spanish Grand Prix
Used Since:1991
Type:Closed Circuit
 Lap Dist.:4.655 km

Lap Record

Lap Record:1:18.183 min
Date:17 August 2020
F1 Driver:Valtteri Bottas
F1 Car:Mercedes W11
Speed:214.343 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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Description

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 300km/h. 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 140km/h.

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

Test 2 day 2 Pascal Wehrlein (D), Sauber F1 Team. Circuit de Catalunya. going in turn 10

Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Circuit de Catalunya 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 300km/h and take the turn at just over 70km/h. 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 minimise 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

Fernando Alonso McLaren Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Friday 09 March 2018.

Fernando Alonso in turn 15 Circuit de Catalunya

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.

Podiums

 

F1 Podium Winners on Catalunya Circuit

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20202020 Spanish Grand Prix resultAugust 161st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Netherlands Max Verstappen
3rd Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
66
66
66
20192019 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 121st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Finland Valtteri Bottas
3rd Netherlands Max Verstappen
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20182018 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 131st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Finland Valtteri Bottas
3rd Netherlands Max Verstappen
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20172017 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 141st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Sebastian Vettel
3rd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20162016 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 151st Netherlands Max Verstappen
2nd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
66
66
66
20152015 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 101st Germany Nico Rosberg
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
66
66
66
20142014 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 111st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20132013 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 121st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3rd Brazil Felipe Massa
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus F1
Italy Ferrari
66
66
66
20122012 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 131st Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus F1
66
66
66
20112011 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 221st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
66
66
66
20102010 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 91st Australia Mark Webber
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20092009 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 101st United Kingdom Jenson Button
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Australia Mark Webber
United Kingdom Brawn
United Kingdom Brawn
Austria Red Bull
66
66
66
20082008 Spanish Grand Prix resultApril 271st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Brazil Felipe Massa
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
66
66
66
20072007 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 131st Brazil Felipe Massa
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
65
65
65
20062006 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 141st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
66
66
66
20052005 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 81st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
Japan Toyota
66
66
66
20042004 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 91st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Italy Jarno Trulli
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
66
66
66
20032003 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 41st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
20022002 Spanish Grand Prix resultApril 281st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3rd United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
65
65
65
20012001 Spanish Grand Prix resultApril 291st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3rd Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom BAR
65
65
65
20002000 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 71st Finland Mika Häkkinen
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19991999 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 301st Finland Mika Häkkinen
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19981998 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 101st Finland Mika Häkkinen
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19971997 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 251st Canada Jacques Villeneuve
2nd France Olivier Panis
3rd France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
France Prost
Italy Benetton
64
64
64
19961996 Spanish Grand Prix resultJune 21st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd France Jean Alesi
3rd Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Italy Ferrari
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
65
65
65
19951995 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 141st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
3rd Austria Gerhard Berger
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19941994 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 291st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Tyrrell
65
65
65
19931993 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 91st France Alain Prost
2nd Brazil Ayrton Senna
3rd Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
65
65
65
19921992 Spanish Grand Prix resultMay 31st United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
65
65
65
19911991 Spanish Grand Prix resultSeptember 291st United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd Italy Riccardo Patrese
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
65
65
65

Driver Ranking

 

Driver Ranking Catalunya Circuit

DriverGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1Germany Michael Schumacher1963312773.74.5118
2United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton145319554.65.6180
3Finland Mika Häkkinen103003227.59.332
4Spain Fernando Alonso172417106.67.1124
5Finland Kimi Räikkönen182215217.610.191
6United Kingdom Nigel Mansell32002114.38.720
7Germany Sebastian Vettel131135015.55.2155
8Netherlands Max Verstappen61124005.36.573
9Brazil Felipe Massa151113128.98.363
10Germany Nico Rosberg111102206.88.867
11France Alain Prost21102103.51.516
12Canada Jacques Villeneuve101023109.29.619
13Australia Mark Webber111012207.77.662
14United Kingdom Jenson Button1610121010.19.250
15Venezuela Pastor Maldonado510011013.612.825
16United Kingdom Damon Hill71001116.311.713
17United Kingdom David Coulthard150314008.29.130
18Brazil Rubens Barrichello180224029.310.132
19Finland Valtteri Bottas80213114.96.884
20Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya60202007.78.519
21France Jean Alesi110123008.210.520
22Brazil Ayrton Senna30101003.05.38
23United Kingdom Johnny Herbert901010013.212.88
24France Olivier Panis1001010011.811.87
25Australia Daniel Ricciardo90022018.67.659
26Italy Jarno Trulli150022009.511.317
27Italy Giancarlo Fisichella1400110212.411.112
28Austria Gerhard Berger70011105.710.18
29Italy Riccardo Patrese30011014.39.77
30United Kingdom Mark Blundell300110011.79.34
31Mexico Sergio Pérez1000000010.110.036
32Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.60000009.57.234
33France Romain Grosjean90000019.313.222
34Germany Ralf Schumacher110000007.510.717
35Poland Robert Kubica50000008.69.014
36Denmark Kevin Magnussen600000012.011.514
37Canada Lance Stroll400000014.312.512
38Monaco Charles Leclerc30000009.311.711
39Japan Kamui Kobayashi400000013.312.011
40Germany Nick Heidfeld1100000013.310.111
41France Esteban Ocon300000012.711.310
42France Pierre Gasly30000009.311.310
43Germany Nico Hülkenberg900000014.113.710
44United Kingdom Paul di Resta300000012.711.06
45Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat600000112.810.76
46Germany Adrian Sutil700000016.614.96
47United Kingdom Eddie Irvine90000009.811.46
48Japan Takuma Sato500000015.011.85
49Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen100000009.411.55
50Thailand Alexander Albon20000008.59.54
51Germany Pascal Wehrlein200000018.012.04
52Brazil Cristiano da Matta200000012.09.53
53Italy Pierluigi Martini400000017.39.53
54Austria Alexander Wurz400000014.811.53
55United States Michael Andretti10000007.05.02
56Japan Kazuki Nakajima200000011.510.02
57Italy Michele Alboreto300000018.016.72
58Finland Heikki Kovalainen500000013.215.82
59Ireland Ralph Firman100000015.08.01
60Spain Jaime Alguersuari200000014.013.01
61United Kingdom Lando Norris20000009.015.01
62Brazil Pedro Diniz600000017.717.51
63Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner100000020.020.00
64Brazil Roberto Moreno100000025.021.00
65Switzerland Andrea Chiesa100000020.021.00
66Italy Stefano Modena100000014.016.00
67Italy Fabrizio Barbazza100000025.021.00
68New Zealand Brendon Hartley100000020.012.00
69Brazil Lucas di Grassi100000023.019.00
70Austria Patrick Friesacher100000015.017.00
71Australia David Brabham100000024.010.00
72Brazil Nelson Piquet100000010.011.00
73Italy Domenico Schiattarella100000022.015.00
74Argentina Esteban Tuero100000019.015.00
75Portugal Pedro Lamy100000018.020.00
76Brazil Luciano Burti100000014.011.00
77Canada Nicholas Latifi100000019.018.00
78Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio100000023.020.00
79United Kingdom Justin Wilson100000018.011.00
80Italy Giorgio Pantano100000019.014.00
81Brazil Ricardo Zonta100000016.08.00
82Japan Satoru Nakajima100000018.017.00
83France Philippe Alliot100000013.022.00
84Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin100000019.014.00
85India Karun Chandhok100000024.021.00
86Netherlands Giedo van der Garde100000018.021.00
87Monaco Olivier Beretta100000017.026.00
88Italy Gianmaria Bruni100000018.019.00
89United Kingdom Will Stevens100000017.017.00
90Japan Taki Inoue100000018.019.00
91Brazil Tarso Marques100000022.016.00
92France Olivier Grouillard100000015.018.00
93United Kingdom Allan McNish100000019.08.00
94Spain Roberto Merhi100000018.018.00
95Italy Emanuele Pirro10000009.015.00
96United Kingdom Derek Warwick100000016.013.00
97Brazil Antônio Pizzonia100000016.019.00
98Argentina Gastón Mazzacane100000021.015.00
99Indonesia Rio Haryanto100000022.017.00
100France Franck Montagny100000020.022.00

Team Ranking

 

Team Ranking Catalunya Circuit

TeamGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1Italy Ferrari3088925795.37.2373
2Germany Mercedes1164111843.27.1279
3United Kingdom Williams3062210539.410.3171
4United Kingdom McLaren3046414448.09.6180
5Austria Red Bull1631610227.16.8283
6Italy Benetton111427228.08.349
7France Renault1512251110.09.675
8United Kingdom Brawn11102112.01.518
9United Kingdom Lotus F140112018.910.153
10France Prost501010014.513.07
11Japan Toyota80011009.611.615
12United Kingdom BAR600110010.39.89
13United Kingdom Tyrrell800110015.916.04
14India Force India1100000013.812.046
15Switzerland Sauber2100000112.511.531
16Italy Toro Rosso1400000114.314.323
17United Kingdom Racing Point200000010.010.822
18United States Haas500000012.013.016
19Switzerland BMW Sauber500000010.210.413
20Japan Honda300000010.59.58
21Ireland Jordan1500000112.312.48
22Italy AlphaTauri100000011.010.52
23United Kingdom Stewart300000014.514.32
24United Kingdom Jaguar500000014.715.02
25United Kingdom Footwork600000017.713.52
26France Ligier600000016.313.92
27Italy Minardi1500000019.315.82
28Italy Dallara200000012.310.51
29Japan Super Aguri300000018.314.81
30United Kingdom Arrows600000016.416.11
31Russian Federation Midland100000017.517.00
32Netherlands Spyker100000020.513.50
33United Kingdom March100000016.010.00
34United Kingdom Leyton House100000010.515.50
35United Kingdom Brabham200000011.514.00
36United Kingdom Virgin Racing200000022.019.00
37Italy Forti200000025.523.00
38United Kingdom Pacific200000025.021.00
39Switzerland Alfa Romeo200000016.515.00
40Italy Fondmetal200000020.015.70
41United Kingdom Lola200000022.520.50
42United Kingdom Simtek200000020.712.30
43France Larrousse300000016.819.20
44Spain HRT300000022.221.70
45United Kingdom Team Lotus400000019.717.60
46United Kingdom Manor500000019.518.10
47United Kingdom Caterham500000018.618.90


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