In recent times, the common denominator for the Spanish F1 GP has been its venue, the Montmelo track.
The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit has hosted the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix since 1991.
The facility can be found just over 20 kilometres to the north of Barcelona and the track itself is 4.66 kilometres in length. There have been 48 Spanish GPs to date, going back to 1951 and five venues have hosted it: Pedralbes, Montjuic, Jarama, Jerez and the current Barcelona track.
From 2008 to 2012 there was a second GP held on Spanish soil, as the Valencia street circuit hosted the European GP.
These days, the Spanish event is one of the classics on the F1 calendar and the track is a favourite with so many drivers who know every last detail of its 16 corners so well.
It features a mix of slow and quick corners, chicanes and long straights, which explains why the Barcelona track is the perfect track to highlight a car’s strengths and weaknesses.
That goes some way to explaining why it is the most used track for Formula 1 testing for real and on the simulator.
All the Formula 1 teams therefore feel at home in Barcelona, with all pre-season testing taking place here in recent years in February, when the weather can veer from mild to deep winter.
As for the race itself, held in mid-May, milder weather can be expected as the race kicks off the European leg of the championship.
Lewis Hamilton won the 2018 Spanish GP and two years before that, our former driver Max Verstappen took his maiden Formula 1 win, to become the youngest driver to stand on the top of an F1 podium, aged 18 years, 7 months and 15 days.
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