Spanish Grand Prix: Barcelona Pre-Race Notes

Spanish Grand Prix Circuit Barcelona Aerial view photo

Formula 1 heads to its first back-to-back race weekend in Montmelo, Catalunya, for the Spanish Grand Prix, round four of the 2021 world championship.

Here’s what’s happening heading into race four in Spain.

Race Information

2021 Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya

  • Date: 7 May – 9 May 2021
  • Circuit Length: 4.675km
  • Race Distance: 308.424km
  • Number of laps: 66
  • Official Lap Record: 1:35.797– Roman Rusinov, G-Drive, 2021 [LMP2]
  • Turns: 16 (7 left, 9 right)
  • DRS Zones: 2
  • Tyre Compounds: C1-Hard | C2-Medium | C3-Soft

Top Stories

  • Sun and 20⁰C, optimal weather awaits F1 at the Spanish GP.
  • Spanish Grand Prix to race altered circuit layout.
  • Abiteboul resurfaces as advisor to Mecachrome
  • Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and legend Bobby Unser has died.
  • Barcelona Circuit will allow 1,000 members to attend
  • Fernando Alonso’s first home race since 2018.
  • Sebastian Vettel to receive Portimao updates
  • Grosjean to drive Mercedes W10 at French Grand Prix
  • Former Marussia F1 test driver Robert Wickens tests hand control Hyundai at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • Nikita Mazepin apologizes for blocking race leader Sergio Perez in Portimao.

Top Quotes

  • Nico Rosberg [Sky Sports] | “I’m a bit amused because Max Verstappen is starting to understand better and better how good Lewis Hamilton really is. He needs to do everything perfectly to beat him in the championship and at the moment it’s two-one to Lewis.”
  • Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes] | “I think it is naturally down to respect and I think both (of us are) very, very hard but fair and I think that’s what makes great racing and great racing drivers.”
  • Toto Wolff [Mercedes] | “It’s going to be a neck and neck fight with Red Bull through the entire season and we’re excited for that battle to continue in just a few days’ time in Spain. Usually, we’d have already spent some time in Barcelona for winter testing, but that wasn’t the case this year. So, we’re looking forward to being back at the track and seeing how we fare.”
  • Christian Horner [Red Bull] | “The whole track limit debate is just frustrating. It´s been brutal for us across the first three events. So it´s been pretty expensive for us.”
  • Mick Schumacher [Haas] | “It was quite a chaotic race to begin with. But as I said, we’re creeping up there, and getting closer every day. The team is working so hard to really give us the car that we need, and I feel like with every day, we’re getting closer to having that perfect car.”

10 Memorable Spanish Grand Prix Moments

  • Tears to cheers, young Ferrari fan meets Kimi and attends podium celebrations | 2017
  • Youngest F1 winner – Max Verstappen | 2016
  • Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg | 2016
  • Williams most recent race victory from inherited pole position | 2012
  • “And bang the engines gone” | 2001
  • Eddie Irvine v Giancarlo Fisichella | 1998
  • Mansell v Senna duel into Turn 1 | 1991
  • Senna wins by 0.014 in Jerez | 1986
  • Gilles Villeneuve masterpiece in Jarama | 1981
  • Emerson Fittipaldi withdraws race on safety grounds preceding horrific crash | 1975

Race Stewards

  • Tin Mayer | FIA Steward
  • Enzo Spano | President of the Sporting Commission of the Automobile and Touring club of Venezuela
  • Derek Warwick | Former F1 Driver
  • David Domingo | FIA Steward

2020 Spanish Grand Prix Results

  1. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 1:31:45.279
  2. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing Honda | +24.177
  3. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +44.752
  4. Lance Stroll | Racing Point Mercedes | +1 Lap
  5. Sergio Perez | Racing Point Mercedes | +1 Lap
  6. Carlos Sainz | McLaren Renault | +1 Lap
  7. Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | +1 Lap
  8. Alexander Albon | Red Bull Racing Honda | +1 Lap
  9. Pierre Gasly | AlphaTauri Honda | +1 Lap
  10. Lando Norris | McLaren Renault | +1 Lap
  11. Daniel Ricciardo | Renault | +1 Lap
  12. Daniil Kvyat | AlphaTauri Honda | +1 Laps
  13. Esteban Ocon | Renault | +1 Lap
  14. Kimi Raikkonen | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  15. Kevin Magnussen | Haas Ferrari | +1 Lap
  16. Antonio Giovinazzi | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  17. George Russell | Williams Mercedes | +1 Lap
  18. Nicholas Latifi | Williams Mercedes | +2 Laps
  19. Romain Grosjean | Haas Ferrari | +2 Lap
  20. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | DNF

Spanish Grand Prix Previous Five Winners

  • 2020 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2019 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2018 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2017 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2016 Max Verstappen | Red Bull Tag-Heuer

Previously in F1: 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix

Top Five

  1. Lewis Hamilton| Mercedes | 1:34:31.421
  2. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Honda | +29.148
  3. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +33.530
  4. Sergio Perez | Red Bull Honda | +39.735
  5. Lando Norris | McLaren Mercedes | +51.369

Best Driver

  • Lewis Hamilton

Best Team

  • Mercedes

“Uh-Oh”s

  • Kimi Raikonen
  • Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen

“Way To Go”s

  • Nico Rosberg
  • Mercedes
  • Mick Schumacher

2021 Drivers’ Championship Standings

  1. 69 | Lewis Hamilton
  2. 61 | Max Verstappen
  3. 37 | Lando Norris
  4. 32 | Valtteri Bottas
  5. 28 | Charles Leclrec
  6. 22 | Sergio Perez
  7. 16 | Daniel Ricciardo
  8. 14 | Carlos Sainz
  9.  8 | Esteban Ocon
  10.  7 | Pierre Gasly
  11.  5 | Lance Stroll
  12.  5 | Fernando Alonso
  13.  2 | Yuki Tsunoda
  14.  0 | Kimi Raikkonen
  15.  0 | Antonio Giovinazzi
  16.  0 | Sebastian Vettel
  17.  0 | George Russell
  18.  0 | Mick Schumacher
  19.  0 | Nikita Mazepin
  20.  0 | Nicholas Latifi

2021 Constructors’ Championship Standings

  1. 101 | Mercedes
  2.  83 | Red Bull Racing Honda
  3.  53 | McLaren Mercedes
  4.  42 | Ferrari
  5.   13 | Alpine Renault
  6.    9 | AlphaTauri Honda
  7.    5 | Aston Martin Mercedes
  8.    0 | Alfa Romeo Ferrari
  9.    0 | Williams Mercedes
  10.    0 | Haas Ferrari