Formula 1 – Spanish Grand Prix Preview


After 4 weeks break we are back to racing with opening of the European season. With no Imola this year and the Nurburgring race taking up the slot of German Grand Prix later in the season the honour to open European racing goes to Barcelona track. Here is the flying lap:


Drivers should be quite familiar with this track with lots of testing happening right here. However comparing to last year there is a new shicane towards end of the track ready to spoil some drivers’ races:

Last year the win went to Alonso ahead of M.Schumacher and Fisichella. Here are the highlights:

No doubt the win in his home GP is always on the top of Alonsos annual wish list.
In last 10 years the Spanish GP wins went to McLarens and Ferraris. The only 2 drivers from other teams were in Renault powered cars – J.Villeneuve in Williams-Renault in 1997 and F.Alonso in Renault last year. Here are the results from past 10 years of Spanish GP, listing all the finishers.

2006

1) Fernando Alonso – Renault – 1:26:21.759
2) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +18.5 secs
3) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +23.9 secs
4) Felipe Massa – Ferrari +29.8 secs
5) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +56.8 secs
6) Jenson Button – Honda +58.3 secs
7) Rubens Barrichello – Honda +1 Lap
8)Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-BMW +1 Lap
9) Mark Webber – Williams-Cosworth +1 Lap
10) Jarno Trulli – Toyota +1 Lap
11) Nico Rosberg -Williams-Cosworth +1 Lap
12) Jacques Villeneuve – Sauber-BMW +1 Lap
13) Christian Klien – RBR-Ferrari +1 Lap
14) David Coulthard – RBR-Ferrari +1 Lap
15) Vitantonio Liuzzi – STR-Cosworth Hydraulics
16) Tiago Monteiro – MF1-Toyota +3 Laps
17) Takuma Sato – Super Aguri-Honda +4 Laps

2005

1) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:27:16.830
2) Fernando Alonso – Renault +27.6 secs
3) Jarno Trulli – Toyota +45.9 secs
4) Ralf Schumacher – Toyota +46.7 secs
5) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +57.9 secs
6) Mark Webber – Williams-BMW +68.5 secs
7) Juan Pablo Montoya – McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
8)David Coulthard – RBR-Cosworth +1 Lap
9) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +1 Lap
10) Nick Heidfeld – Williams-BMW +1 Lap
11) Felipe Massa – Sauber-Petronas – Wheel rim
12) Tiago Monteiro – Jordan-Toyota +3 Laps
13) Narain Karthikeyan – Jordan-Toyota +3 Laps

2004

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:27:32.841
2) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +13.2 secs
3) Jarno Trulli – Renault +32.2 secs
4) Fernando Alonso – Renault +32.9 secs
5) Takuma Sato – BAR-Honda +42.3 secs
6) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW +73.8 secs
7) Giancarlo Fisichella – Sauber-Petronas +77.1 secs
8)Jenson Button – BAR-Honda +1 Lap
9) Felipe Massa – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
10) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
11) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
12) Mark Webber – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
13) Cristiano da Matta – Toyota +1 Lap

2003

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:33:46.933
2) Fernando Alonso – Renault +5.7 secs
3) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +18.0 secs
4) Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW +62.0 secs
5) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW +1 Lap
6) Cristiano da Matta – Toyota +1 Lap
7) Mark Webber – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
8)Ralph Firman – Jordan-Ford +2 Laps
9) Jenson Button – BAR-Honda +2 Laps
10) Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-Petronas +2 Laps
11) Justin Wilson – Minardi-Cosworth +2 Laps
12) Jos Verstappen – Minardi-Cosworth +3 Laps

2002

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:30’29.981
2) Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW +35.630s
3) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +42.623s
4) Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-Petronas +1’06.697s
5) Felipe Massa – Sauber-Petronas +1’18.973s
6) Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Arrows-Cosworth +1’20.430s
7) Jacques Villeneuve – BAR-Honda +1 Lap
8)Allan McNish – Toyota +1 Lap
9) Mika Salo – Toyota +1 Lap

2001

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:31’03.305
2) Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW +40.738
3) Jacques Villeneuve – BAR-Honda +49.626
4) Jarno Trulli – Jordan-Honda +51.253
5) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +51.616
6) Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-Petronas +1’01.893
7) Olivier Panis – BAR-Honda +1’04.977
8)Kimi Räikkönen – Sauber-Petronas +1’19.808
9) Mika Hakkinen – McLaren-Mercedes – Clutch
10) Jean Alesi – Prost-Acer +1 Lap
11) Luciano Burti – Prost-Acer +1 Lap
12) Jos Verstappen – Arrows-Asiatech +2 Laps
13) Fernando Alonso – Minardi-European +2 Laps
14) Giancarlo Fisichella – Benetton-Renault +2 Laps
15) Jenson Button – Benetton-Renault +3 Laps
16) Tarso Marques – Minardi-European +3 Laps

2000

1) Mika Hakkinen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:33’55.390
2) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +16.066
3) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +29.112
4) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW +37.311
5) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +47.983
6) Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Jordan-Mugen-Honda +1’21.925
7) Mika Salo – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
8)Ricardo Zonta – BAR-Honda +1 Lap
9) Giancarlo Fisichella – Benetton-Playlife +1 Lap
10) Alexander Wurz – Benetton-Playlife +1 Lap
11) Eddie Irvine – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
12) Jarno Trulli – Jordan-Mugen-Honda +1 Lap
13) Johnny Herbert – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
14) Marc Gene – Minardi-Fondmetal +2 Laps
15) Gaston Mazzacane – Minardi-Fondmetal +2 Laps
16) Nick Heidfeld – Prost-Peugeot +3 Laps

1999

1) Mika Hakkinen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:34’13.665
2) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +6.238
3) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +10.845
4) Eddie Irvine – Ferrari +30.182
5) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-Supertec +1’27.208
6) Jarno Trulli – Prost-Peugeot +1 Lap
7) Damon Hill – Jordan-Mugen-Honda +1 Lap
8)Mika Salo – BAR-Supertec +1 Lap
9) Giancarlo Fisichella – Benetton-Playlife +1 Lap
10) Alexander Wurz – Benetton-Playlife +1 Lap
11) Pedro de la Rosa – Arrows +2 Laps
12) Toranosuke Takagi – Arrows +3 Laps

1998

1) Mika Hakkinen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:33’37.621
2) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +9.439
3) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +47.095
4) Alexander Wurz – Benetton-Playlife +1’02.538
5) Rubens Barrichello – Stewart-Ford +1 Lap
6) Jacques Villeneuve – Williams-Mecachrome +1 Lap
7) Johnny Herbert – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
8)Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Williams-Mecachrome +2 Laps
9) Jarno Trulli – Prost-Peugeot +2 Laps
10) Jean Alesi – Sauber-Petronas +2 Laps
11) Ralf Schumacher – Jordan-Mugen-Honda +2 Laps
12) Jan Magnussen – Stewart-Ford +2 Laps
13) Toranosuke Takagi – Tyrrell-Ford +2 Laps
14) Shinji Nakano – Minardi-Ford +2 Laps
15) Estaban Tuero – Minardi-Ford +2 Laps
16) Olivier Panis – Prost-Peugeot +5 Laps

1997

1) Jacques Villeneuve – Williams-Renault – 1:30’35.896
2) Olivier Panis – Prost-Mugen-Honda +5.804
3) Jean Alesi – Benetton-Renault +12.534
4) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +17.979
5) Johnny Herbert – Sauber-Petronas +27.986
6) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +29.744
7) Mika Hakkinen – McLaren-Mercedes +48.785
8)Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Williams-Renault +1’04.139
9) Giancarlo Fisichella – Jordan-Peugeot +1’04.767
10) Gerhard Berger – Benetton-Renault +1’05.670
11) Jos Verstappen – Tyrrell-Ford +1 Lap
12) Eddie Irvine – Ferrari +1 Lap
13) Jan Magnussen – Stewart-Ford +1 Lap
14) Gianni Morbidelli – Sauber-Petronas +2 Laps
15) Jarno Trulli – Minardi-Hart +2 Laps

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