2019 Spanish GP Preview

The European leg of the 2019 F1 season kicks off this weekend at Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya. Teams did their winter testing at this very track earlier this year; so, we can expect a lot of upgrades across different aspects of the cars, all with the aim of improving the overall performance of their cars. We can expect a lot of upgrades on aerodynamic side, engine side and even on chassis across all the different teams. This should definitely spice things up during the practice sessions and eventually in the race. Ferrari are planning on bringing a PU upgrade ahead of schedule.

All the drivers and teams know this track like the back of their hand since they do thousands of miles around this track during winter testing. The track is a mix of both high speed and low speed corners with some challenging corners and chicane. The Barcelona track is reminiscent of all the different tracks that the teams and drivers travel around the world. Cars that are quicker around this track tend to perform well in the whole season apart from few special category street circuits. Turn 3 right hander is the perfect place to setup balance of the car and we all know, engineers are going to work closely with their team and drivers to achieve the perfect balance for achieving best in class results.

Spain is one of the best tourist destinations and has always been the best F1 tracks to visit for racing enthusiasts and tourists. With Spain expected to set the pecking order for this season, we can expect teams to close the gap between one another. Mercedes have been one of the most successful teams at this venue for the past 5 years and with 4 consecutive 1-2 finishes this season, we can expect them to be right up there fighting hard with Ferrari which set the bar real high during winter testing. Pole position is key around Circuit de Barcelona and we all saw Lewis Hamilton secure pole last time around and did go on to secure a 1-2 finish for Mercedes last year. Will they achieve the same and get 5th straight 1-2 finish this time around to create a new record? In the last 5 races at Spanish GP, the pole sitter has won it 4 times, which is an exciting aspect for betting.

Teams will be gunning to get their qualifying runs spot on because Saturday just about decides the podium finish in most races at Spain. Drivers and teams will be working on getting their balance right for qualifying and race. In the last 5 races, the winning margin during qualification was never over 0.3 seconds. The pack expected to be closer this year, we can certainly expect some serious battle between drivers and teams. We expect the battle to intensify mainly between Ferrari and Mercedes this time, and as always, we cannot write off RedBull, especially with their serious race pace. In the current grid, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen are the only two drivers to have won multiple times at Catalunya, with 3 for Lewis and 2 for Kimi. Lewis definitely has a chance to bring his win tally closer to the all time great Michael Schumacher, who is the most successful driver at Spain with 6 wins. We shall wait to find out who is able to reach the top step of the podium.

Spanish GP Stats

First GP - 1991

Number of laps - 66

Circuit length - 4.655 Km

Race distance - 307.104 Km

Lap record - 1:18.441 by Daniel Ricciardo in 2018

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