In August 2020, in the middle of a hot summer, the Spanish Grand Prix was held, where, due to the local coronary virus situation, it was somewhat uncertain whether that race would be held, but in the end the race took place on the racetrack near Barcelona. Winter testing was not held in Barcelona this year, so for the first time this weekend, the field will arrive in the Catalan city. Nevertheless, due to the many tests here, the teams consider the venue to be domestic terrain, which of course everyone knows very well.
The race could have a double outcome, despite Lewis Hamilton winning the Montmelo race track for the past four years. For the past three years, the same three people have been on the podium. Behind Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen fit into the top three. Based on what we have seen at the Portuguese Grand Prix, no big change is expected now. It has already been revealed that Mercedes is still very dominant this year, but it is trying to have a say in this through Red Bull Max Verstappen.
The energy drink team hasn’t even stopped developing its car in 2021, despite the fact that radically new technological innovations are coming in 2022, and essentially the teams have to build completely new cars. You can’t even stop it, as Max Verstappen has a chance at the world title this year.
Team leader Christian Horner said: “We are slowly seeing the strengths and weaknesses of cars. There were very abnormal conditions in Portugal, so if we can already see a regular race in Barcelona, we will know even more. ” Moderately fast and slow corners favor Red Bull in principle, so if the Honda engine wants to, it could even take over Verstappen again after Imola. Of course, it would not hurt for this if the Dutch pilot adhered to the runway boundaries.
What happened last year?
The race, held in August, which was hotter than usual in May, was pretty flat in Barcelona. Lewis Hamilton won the starting goal, but Max Verstappen couldn’t be sad either, as he finished second to the Red Bullt. Valtteri Bottas started poorly and, although he only won a bronze medal, he was able to take home one point for the fastest lap time. Red Bull was the second best team, although Alex Albon was only eighth against Verstappen’s second place finish. Racing Point pilots shone. Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez, who recovered from the corona virus, finished their pink cars in fourth and fifth place.
The race and the track
This racetrack really puts the aerodynamics of the cars to the test as it is full of fast and slow cornering combinations. After a long finish line, you have to brake hard on the first turn, which is one of the few options where you can overtake on the track. During the winter, the 10th turn of the track was modified, so the length of the track and the race has changed since last year. For this reason, whoever runs the fastest lap time this year will definitely be included in the Formula 1 history books.
The 66-lap Spanish Grand Prix kicks off on May 9 at 3 p.m. Length of the track: 4,675 km, total distance 308,424 km. In 2020, Lewis Hamilton again had a Mercedes success in Spain. The winning time for the British pilot was 1: 31: 45.279. In second place was Max Verstappen (Red Bull), while Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) came in third.
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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