Catalunya

 
Super Aguri scored its first points at the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya. Unfortunately, the following year the same venue marked the final race for the team.  |  In 2008, Honda scored its first points at this circuit. |  David Coulthard made his F1 debut at Catalunya in 1994. |  Reportedly, the 1999 race saw only one overtaking manoeuvre. |  Juan Pablo Montoya secured his first podium place Catalunya in 2001. He came second driving for the Williams.

FACTFILE

Name :Catalunya
Country :Spain
No. of Races :26
First Race :Sep 29, 1991
Last Race :May 15, 2016
Defending Champion:M.Verstappen
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A track that all teams know well, having raced here every year since 1991 and completed many thousands of kilometres of testing. The circuit's long corners are a good test of car stability and aerodynamic performance, and a handful of slow corners towards the end of the lap put an onus on traction.

Regarded as one of the most technically challenging circuits on the calendar, it is perhaps fortunate that the teams spend the majority of their allocated test days collecting valuable data at Montmelo. Unfortunately, however, track and weather conditions are invariably disparate between testing and the Grand Prix weekend leaving drivers and engineers with a relatively green track to contend with from the outset.

Barcelona is a high speed, high downforce circuit, with fast, sweeping corners connected by even faster straights. The engines have to spend more than half the lap at full throttle, so top end speeds are important.

Barcelona's erratic weather conditions, particularly the prevailing winds, can de-stabilise the car's aero balance, so the teams are continually chasing the perfect set-up.

TOP PERFORMERS AT CATALUNYA

According to stats...

  • Super Aguri scored its first points at the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya. Unfortunately, the following year the same venue marked the final race for the team.
  • In 2008, Honda scored its first points at this circuit.
  • David Coulthard made his F1 debut at Catalunya in 1994.
  • Reportedly, the 1999 race saw only one overtaking manoeuvre.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya secured his first podium place Catalunya in 2001. He came second driving for the Williams.

QUOTES ON CATALUNYA

I was so bored I wish I had brought my radio with me!
- Eddie Irvine after the 1999 race.
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