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In numbers - the Spanish Grand Prix

11 May 2016

Did you know that nine different drivers have triumphed in the last nine races at Barcelona? Or that drivers will experience a massive 5.6G under braking at Turn 1? We present the key stats and figures ahead of this weekend's Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli 2016...


The number of world championship races on Spanish soil. The first took place at Pedralbes in 1951, and three other circuits were used before the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya became the permanent home of F1 in Spain when it joined the calendar in 1991.



Although Barcelona has hosted 25 Grands Prix in total, only five men have triumphed more than once. Michael Schumacher leads the way with six wins, while Mika Hakkinen is next up on three. Nigel Mansell, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso meanwhile have all won twice.


Schumacher holds another record at Barcelona - the greatest ever winning margin. It came in 1995, when he took the chequered flag nearly 52 seconds ahead of then-Benetton team mate Johnny Herbert.


The distance, in metres, from the start line to the apex of Turn 1 - the longest of the season.


The speed, in km/h, that Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg clocked through the speed trap during last year’s race in Barcelona.


Seven different nationalities have prevailed in Spain over the last 10 races. Spain, Germany and Great Britain are the only nations represented more than once - Spain through Fernando Alonso’s double win, Germany through Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg, and Great Britain through Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.


The number of races led by Michael Schumacher at Barcelona - a record. Mika Hakkinen led five, as have current drivers Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton.


Only two other men have won the opening five races of a season before - Nigel Mansell in 1992, and Michael Schumacher in 2004. Both men were crowned champions at the end of their respective seasons.


The total brake pedal load (in kilograms) during the Spanish Grand Prix, according to the brake experts at Brembo. The hardest braking point is at Turn 1 where the drivers slow from around 330km/h to 120km/h in just 104m (or 1.1s) – a deceleration of 5.6G.


The number of laps led by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at Barcelona last year - the sole occasion that Mercedes have not been at the front in Spain in the past two seasons.


The number of times, from 25 races, that the polesitter has gone on to triumph at Barcelona. In total, 23 of the 25 races have been won from the front row…


The amount, in seconds, that Rosberg beat Hamilton to pole by in 2015. The previous year the Briton had pipped the German by 0.168s.


The lowest winning grid position at Barcelona. Alonso is the holder of that honour, picking up the victory in 2013 thanks in large part to a sensational start which saw him pass Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton around the outside in Turns 2 and 3 on the opening lap.


The number of laps Fernando Alonso has led on home soil at Barcelona - more than any other driver on the current grid. Kimi Raikkonen is next of the current field with 135 laps, while Lewis Hamilton sits on 84 and Nico Rosberg 76. Michael Schumacher holds the outright record however - the German having spent an astonishing 411 laps at the front of the field at Barcelona.


The speed, in km/h, of the fastest corner at Barcelona - the right hander of Turn 9, which leads onto the back straight.