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Barcelona – The Inside Line

Barcelona – The Inside Line

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

"It feels like a long but well-needed break since Bahrain, having barely had more than a week’s gap between events since the pre-season programme began. This has given us time to reflect, regroup and pick up on what we’ve learned in the first part of the year. We now head to the first European race, which is traditionally seen as the first major upgrade point of the season. But in practice, recent years have seen car upgrades become more of a constant and relentless campaign throughout the year. We may see a little more than usual after the three-week gap, however, so it will be interesting to see what each team brings to the table. Barcelona is one of the most demanding circuits on the calendar, testing both chassis and power unit, and it’s often said that if you’re quick here, you’ll be quick anywhere. We looked strong during winter testing – but time has passed, teams will have developed their cars significantly in the subsequent weeks and we’ll now see much warmer temperatures, so we don’t know how we’ll look until we get there. That’s part of the excitement of Formula One! We’ll have a lot of work to do on Friday to get the most out of the car and see where we stand for the weekend."

Timetable

Session CEST (Local Time) UTC (-2 Hours)
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30 08:00 - 09:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30 12:00 - 13:30
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00 09:00 - 10:00
Qualifying 14:00 - 15:00 12:00 - 13:00
Race 14:00 12:00

Race Characteristics (2005 - 2014)

Races Featuring Safety Car 3 (Last: 2009)
Total Safety Car Deployments 4
Historical Safety Car Probability / Ratio 20% / 40%
Winners from Pole Position 8
Lowest Winning Grid Position P5 (ALO, 2013)
Climate Dry, Mild
Historical Weekend Temperature Range 12 - 31°C
Rain Affected Sesssions 1
Rain Affected Races 0
Historical Wet Race Probability 10%

2014 Statistics

Fastest Lap P1 1:27.023 (HAM)
Fastest Lap P2 1:25.973 (HAM)
Fastest Lap P3 1:25.887 (ROS)
Fastest Lap Q1 1:26.764 (ROS)
Fastest Lap Q2 1:26.088 (ROS)
Fastest Lap Q3 1:25.232 (HAM)
Delta P1 to Q3 1.791
Delta Q1 to Q3 1.532
Fastest Race Lap 1:28.918 (VET)
Winning Race Time 1:41'05.155
Winning Average Speed 182.283 km/h (MAS)
Race Speed Trap 342.3 km/h
Podium HAM / ROS / RIC
Winning Strategy 2 Stops (L 18 / 43)
Total Race Pit Stops 48
Total Normal Overtakes 4
Total DRS Overtakes 20
Not Classified 2 (2 Mechanical)

107% Sample Times

1:25.000 1:30.950
1:25.500 1:31.485
1:26.000 1:32.020
1:26.500 1:32.555
1:27.000 1:33.090
1:27.500 1:33.625
1:28.000 1:34.160
1:28.500 1:34.695
1:29.000 1:35.230
1:25.500 1:35.765

To find out more about the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, click here.

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