F1 Spanish Grand Prix Preview
The Formula 1 season heads to the Circuit de Catalunya, Spain this weekend.
The Formula 1 season heads to the Circuit de Catalunya, Spain this weekend. The Circuit de catalunya was built in 1991 and began hosting the Spanish Grand Prix the same year. The circuit runs for a total of 2.875 miles and lasts for 66 laps.The Circuit de Catalunya is host to the majority of pre-season testing, this has led to criticism that the drivers and mechanics are too familiar with the circuit, reducing the amount of on-track action. Hopefully the introduction of increased tyre wear, the KERS system and the DRS system, this years race should be more exciting. Last years Spanish Grand Prix was won by Red Bull racing driver Mark Webber who qualified on pole position and led every lap of the race. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race, with a time of 1:24.357 on lap 59. Fernando Alonso finished second, with Sebastian Vettel finishing third, after suffering from brake problems. The were seven retirements from the race including Lewis Hamilton who was in second until a wheel rim failure on the penultimate lap at turn 3 caused him to lose control and crash into the the circuit wall. To see a lap of the Circuit de Catalunya, click the video on the right and watch Red Bull driver Mark Webber complete a lap in a Red Bull Racing simulator.