Event: Spanish Grand Prix
Track: Catalunya Circuit

Warm-up lap starts at: 15:00 Local | 15:.00 CET | 14:00 UK | 06:00 LA | 22:00 Tokio

Get ready for another chapter of relentless pursuit of victory, as we prepare to witness the Spanish Grand Prix 2023 unfold at the electrifying Catalunya Circuit. Located in Montmeló, Barcelona, the Circuit de Catalunya is revered for its high-speed stretches and tricky turns, promising an adrenaline-filled spectacle.

The starting grid for this grand spectacle is a fascinating mix of the familiar and the unexpected. Leading the pack is the reigning champion, Max Verstappen, in the Red Bull Racing Honda, posting an impressive 1:12.272, while hot on his heels is Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr.

Lando Norris, showcasing his formidable skills in the McLaren Mercedes, claims the third spot. Lewis Hamilton, a name synonymous with F1 glory, will be fourth on the grid in his Mercedes. Aston Martin's Lance Stroll, clinching the fifth position, has a challenging task ahead.

Further down the order, we find a mix of seasoned veterans like Nico Hulkenberg and promising talents like Zhou Guanyu. A notable surprise is Pierre Gasly, who was handed a six-grid place penalty for impeding other drivers during the qualifying round.

As the racers prepare to battle under the Spanish sun, their positions on the starting grid will play a crucial role in defining their strategy, tactics, and path to potential victory. Remember, in F1, every millisecond counts, and every decision can be the difference between glory and despair.

F1 Starting Grid 2023 Spanish GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time Pole gap
1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12,272
2 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:12,734 +0,462s
3 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:12,792 +0,520s
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12,818 +0,546s
5 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:12,994 +0,722s
6 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:13,083 +0,811s
7 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:13,229 +0,957s
8 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:13,507 +1,235s
9 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:13,682 +1,410s
10 10 *Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:12,816 +0,544s
11 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:13,334 +1,062s
12 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:13,447 +1,175s
13 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:13,521 +1,249s
14 21 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri 1:14,083 +1,811s
15 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:14,477 +2,205s
16 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:13,977 +1,705s
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:14,042 +1,770s
18 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:14,063 +1,791s
PL 16 *Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:14,079 +1,807s
PL 2 *Logan Sargeant Williams 1:14,699 +2,427s


  • Pierre Gasly, Alpine (#10) received a 6 place grid penalty for impeding other drivers
  • Charles Leclerc, Ferrari (#16) has to start from the pitlane, due to car modification under Parc Fermé conditions and 15 place grid penalty for using additional power unit elements.
  • Logan Sargent, Williams (#2) has to start from the pitlane, due to car modification under Parc Fermé conditions.


Race Strategy 2023 Spanish F1 Grand Prix

Should the race day unfold under entirely dry conditions, theoretically, the optimal strategy would involve two pit stops. This approach requires utilizing the following sequence of tire compounds: Soft, then Hard, and concluding with Hard. Such a strategy appears to be most advantageous for drivers who are starting from the lower end of the grid. However, they would be best advised to reverse this order to Hard, Hard, and finally Soft.

The window to make the initial tire switch is estimated between the 13th and 18th laps. Meanwhile, the subsequent and final change should take place somewhere between the 37th and 43rd laps.

A secondary two-stop strategy would be to use a Soft, followed by Hard, and then Soft tire (initial stop anticipated between laps 15 and 20, while the second stop should be between laps 46 and 51).

It's worth noting that in the previous year, the majority of participants opted for a three-stop strategy, which could potentially play out as follows: Soft, then Hard, followed by Soft and ending with another Soft. The first pit stop is expected between the 10th and 15th laps.

Those fortunate enough to have reserved a new set of Soft tires may favor this strategy. It's undoubtedly a more assertive approach compared to a two-stop strategy.


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