2021 Formulation One Spanish Grand Prix preview: Revised observe greets drivers

Spherical 4 of the 2021 Formulation One World Championship takes us this weekend to the favored Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the present dwelling of the Spanish Grand Prix.

The circuit is one groups and drivers know nicely, because it has been on the calendar since 1991 and can also be the situation the place winter testing usually takes place, although not this yr as a result of Covid-19 disruptions.

This yr, groups and drivers face a barely revised observe. The modifications are discovered at flip 10, a really heavy braking level the place drivers usually lock up the wheels. The radius has been expanded, permitting for the next velocity by way of the flip. It additionally makes the observe size about 65 ft longer, leading to a complete size of about 2.9 miles.

The remainder of the format consists of a mixture of excessive, medium and low velocity corners, with a number of route modifications, some climbs and drops, and an extended straight, thus it gives an actual check of a automotive’s talents. There are a number of good overtaking alternatives for drivers, and tire technique all the time proves very important.

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, dwelling of the Formulation One Spanish Grand Prix

Pirelli has nominated its C1, C2 and C3 compounds for the weekend.

Trying on the climate, we must always have advantageous situations throughout Saturday’s qualifying however Sunday’s race may see some rain.

After some early follow on Friday, Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Valtteri Bottas was the quickest, adopted intently by Pink Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and fellow Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Going into the weekend, Hamilton leads the 2021 Drivers’ Championship with 69 factors. Verstappen is second with 61 factors and McLaren’s Lando Norris is third with 37 factors. Within the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes leads with 101 factors versus the 83 of Pink Bull and 53 of McLaren. Final yr’s winner in Spain was Hamilton driving for Mercedes.

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