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FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI 2015

Catalunya

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Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

First Grand Prix

1991

Number
of Laps

66

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Circuit Length

4.655KM

Race Distance

307.104KM

Lap
Record

1:21.670 by Kimi Räikkönen (2008)

Fri 08 – Sun 10 May 2015

Practice 1
Fri
10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2
Fri
14:00 – 15:30
Practice 3
Sat
11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying
Sat
14:00 – 15:00
Race
Sun
14:00 – 16:00
Practice 1
Fri
10:00 – 11:30
Practice 3
Sat
11:00 – 12:00
Race
Sun
14:00 – 16:00
Practice 2
Fri
14:00 – 15:30
Qualifying
Sat
14:00 – 15:00

Spain

Catalunya

The Formula One teams are no strangers to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (formerly known as the Circuit de Catalunya); not only have they raced there every year since 1991, they also conduct extensive testing at the venue. 

Familiarity does not, however, lessen the challenge for car or driver. Barcelona's mix of high- and low-speed corners, plus its abrasive and rather bumpy track surface, makes for a physically and mechanically taxing race.

Tyre wear is particularly high and the varying winds that cut across the circuit mean an optimum set-up can be hard to find. 

For spectators Elf corner is among the best places to watch, as it is one of the track's few overtaking opportunities. For the drivers it is the final two turns, known collectively as New Holland, which provide one of the biggest challenges of the season. A fast exit is essential in order to maximise speed down the start-finish straight into Elf.

2014 marked the 24th time Barcelona has hosted the Spanish Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher has been the most successful driver at the circuit, with a total of six victories. Among the current drivers, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa have all won there.