Another weekend means another Grand Prix and this time around it’s in sunny Spain, Barcelona to be precise – the home of Lionel Messi, sandy beeches and the Sagrada Familia, but also the Circuit de Catalunya. Read on as we take you round the track and tell you will be the champion in Catalonia...
Last year saw Max Verstappen win his debut race on this very circuit aged just 18 (crikey that makes the writer feel old), and the Dutchman will be hoping to make it a double this time around as he looks to chase down the leaders.
Despite his success on this track last time around, Verstappen’s a massive outsider to be the man leading the way on the podium and spraying the champagne. The teenager is priced at 80/1 to be the one celebrating the most come Sunday evening.
Valtteri Bottas’ win in Russia last time out pushed him closer to the top two Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in the leaderboard as we head into race five of the season.
This circuit was built for the 1992 Olympics in the country, and a year earlier in the first year of the race saw legendary duo Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell battle it out for the crown, before another legend – Michael Schumacher – won his first ever race during his time at Ferrari.
Last year did see that massive collision between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, on the fourth corner, which was another spat the duo had during their love-hate relationship on the track, prior to Rosberg finishing World Champion and then retiring from the sport.
The Facts & The Figures...
Track: Circuit de Catalunya
Record Lap Holder: Kimi Raikkonen, 2008
Last Year’s Winner: Max Verstappen
Hamilton just about took pole position in qualifying earlier in the weekend, beating Vettel by 0.051 seconds to start in front of the German and Bottas, who begins in third place, just ahead of Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikonen.
1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Valtteri Bottas
What We Sayin’?
Ferrari have 12 wins in the Spanish Grand Prix, which is four more than both McLaren and Williams, which shows they have history in this one – which always helps when Michael Schumacher is behind the wheel! No driver has ever reclaimed the crown since Schumacher’s 2003 and 2004 back-to-back victories, which may rule out Verstappen making it a double this time around. Hamilton is due a victory and after sneaking past Vettel in qualifying, we fancy the Brit to win in Spain for the first time since 2014 at EVS.
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