Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit length: 2.89 miles
Race distance: 190.1 miles
Fastest race lap: 1 minute, 21.670 seconds (Kimi Raikkonen, 2008)
2017 pole time: 1:19.149 (Lewis Hamilton)
What can we expect?
With the 2018 Formula 1 calendar well underway, this season has certainly kept us on the edge of our seats. We’ve had two triumphs for Ferrari, and one apiece for Red Bull and Mercedes. So, who has the momentum as we head to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix?
It’s a very difficult question to answer. Ferrari looked likely to claim their third win of the campaign last time out at Baku. However, a Red Bull collision ultimately resulted in a first 2018 victory for team Mercedes.
Despite trailing their rivals by four points in the constructors’ standings, Lewis Hamilton’s latest triumph of the season put him ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship after four races this season.
Red Bull will be well aware that attention will mostly be on them following two double DNFs in the past three races. Azerbaijan saw a clash between Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo who will now be desperate to avoid more contact this Sunday.
Bottas has suffered a nightmare start to the season. A crash in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix meant he started at the back of the pack. Despite this, he was able to finish eighth, then second in both Bahrain and China. His late puncture in Azerbaijan then robbed him of a win. He now finds himself in fourth place in the standings; 30 points behind Hamilton.
When is the F1 Spanish Grand Prix
Practice one will be held on Friday, May 11 at 10am, followed by practice two at 2pm. Practice three will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 11am before the all-important qualifying at 2pm.
The Spanish Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, May 13. It will start at 2.10pm. You can expect to see all the action from the Grand Prix at your local Last Orders. We’ll see you there.