Spanish Grand Prix, Catalunya

Spanish Grand Prix, Catalunya

Circuit Information

Grand Prix Date: 12th May 2019 14:02
Bonus Round: No
Circuit Name: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Number of Laps: 66
Circuit Length: 4.655
Race Distance: 307.104
Lap Record: 1:18.441 Daniel Ricciardo (2018)


Circuit de Catalunya, also known as Circuit de Barcelona, is situated 32 kilometers from Barcelona and 18 kilometers from the Barcelona-Maresme Coast. With long straights and a good blend of corners it is seen as an all-rounder circuit. The circuit layout tests every aspect of a cars performance, aero, mechanical and engine. It is very often used for testing during the winter, so the teams know the circuit quite well. This has led to criticism that drivers and mechanics are too familiar with Catalunya, reducing the amount of on-track action.

Circuit de Catalunya is a very different kind of circuit. The erratic weather conditions, particularly the prevailing winds, can destabilise the car's aerodynamic balance, so the teams are continually trying to find the perfect set-up. Even the slightest change in the weather or track conditions, due to the amount of rubber laid down, has a big impact. The tyres are under high loadings, particularly the front left tyre which has to work hard in right-hand corners such as turns 3 and 9. It is very important to find the perfect balance to look after the tyres.