Spanish Grand Prix Preview, Odds, Start Time & Circuit
We have a Spanish Grand Prix Preview for you along with all you need to know about the odds, times and circuit ahead of this weekend’s action.
The Formula 1 is back at the weekend for the seventh race of the season, following last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix where the podium places were made up of (1) Max Verstappen, (2) Fernando Alonso and (3) Esteban Ocon.
How To Watch The Spanish Grand Prix
Next up is the Spanish Grand Prix which can be watched from 2.00 pm on Sunday both on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event.
Drivers Championship Standings
Max Verstappen holds a 39-point lead in the Drivers Championship after the first six races of the season with teammate Sergio Perez in second place.
In addition, Perez lost further ground in the Drivers’ Championship last weekend when a crash at Q1 resulted in a disastrous weekend for the driver where he won zero points on race day and was lapped twice by his teammate Verstappen. Alonso and Hamilton round out the top-4 in the Championship with 91 points and 69 points respectively.
Spanish GP Circuit
The Spanish Grand Prix will be held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this weekend. This track has a reputation for being a great all-round test of cars and drivers with a mixture of plenty high-speed and low-speed corners.
There are big crowds expected in Barcelona for the event with the capacity at the track 140,700.
Spanish GP Preview
Max Verstappen – Favourite
The Red Bull driver leads The Driver’s Championship by 39 points following his victory at the Monaco Grand Prix which was his fourth victory of the season.
What was even more impressive was how he won effortlessly managing the changing conditions and pushing the boundaries of the track even hitting the barriers on that narrow circuit a couple of times. Following that victory, Verstappen said, “It’s super nice to win like this”.
Verstappen is the best in the business at this point in time and it’s hard to look past him to record yet another victory
Sergio Perez – 7/2
Perez will be looking to recover from his disaster last weekend where a crash at Q1 resulted in him ultimately finishing the weekend with zero points and being lapped twice embarrassingly by his “teammate” Verstappen.
The Mexican driver will be looking to return to form at the weekend and return to his best especially with him being told to “give up chasing Max Verstappen for the world title”. This will surely only add further fuel to the Perez fire.
Fernando Alonso – 19/2
The oldest F1 Driver on the grind at 41 years of age. The 2005 and 2006 Drivers Championship winner is still competing at the very top of the F1 Table. Fernando Alonso is third on the Drivers’ Championship standings with 93 points only 12 points back from Perez in second place.
Alonso continues to stun the F1 faithful with his performances and last weekend was no different, as he kept Verstappen on his toes coming in second place. Following the race he said he ‘didn’t have a chance to take Monaco GP win as he praises Verstappen for driving ‘super well’
So far this season Alonso has 5 podiums (more than Perez) in his last six races and is averaging 15.5 points per race on average.
Charles Leclerc 33/1
The fourth favourite is Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc cannot seem to catch a break so far this season having a DNF at the Bahrain Grand Prix, and a seventh-place finish in Saudi Arabia. His best result came in Azerbaijan after qualifying on pole for the race and sprint he finished second in the 100km dash and third on Sunday
He finished seventh again in Miami and sixth in Monaco. Despite being one of the best drivers on grid on his day, he is arguably also the most chaotic and so is only seventh in the Drivers’ Championship on 42-points.
Lewis Hamilton 40/1
While Hamilton is no longer the dominant hammer force he once was, largely because of the exploits of Red Bull he is still a top-class driver and showed that again last weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Last weekend he seemed to be in touch before hitting the barrier and thus failing to get out of Q1 and Q3. However, Hamilton ever the opportunist benefitted from Leclerc’s penalty to start fifth and took full advantage. He aggressively started with a medium tyre and gained two places when teammate George Russell spun off track before pushing Ocon before finishing at P4.
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History Of The Spanish Grand Prix
The Spanish Grand Prix has been held 63 times since the competition’s inception first held in 1913. The most successful driver in the event’s history are Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton both winning the event six times and the most successful team at the event is Ferrari with 12 victories.
The 2022 version of this started with Charles Leclerc in pole position with Ferrari and the fastest lap came from Sergio Perez. However, it was (1) Max Verstappen, (2) Sergio Perez and (3) George Russell rounding out the podium places.
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