What to expect from the Spanish Grand Prix?

Formula One Circuit Power Rankings

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After the inaugural race around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami 10 days ago, Formula One returns, as we visit the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.

The track was built for the 1992 Olympics held in Barcelona, and work began in 1989, holding its first race in 1991 with the Spanish Touring Car Championship.

Formula One visited the circuit just two weeks later, with Nigel Mansell are Ayrton Senna famously battling down the straight, with Mansell taking the eventual victory.


The track is a fond favourite of the drivers, with a number of varying high and low speed corners, with Turn 3 offering a quick right-hand turn which can easily catch out drivers struggling with balance.

The cars will race 66 laps around the 4.675km circuit, meaning a total race distance of 308.424km.

Formula1 Circuit Catalunya 2021
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Red Bull Racing Driver holds the current fastest lap record, with a 1:18.149 time set in 2021.

Lewis Hamilton won the race for Mercedes last season, and has won every race at this track since 2017, but with the Brackley based team struggling to compete for wins this season, it is likely to be Ferrari and Red Bull fighting for first this weekend.

The last winner before Hamilton’s period of dominance in Barcelona was Max Verstappen in 2016.


2022 Circuit Power Rankings

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