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Spanish Grand Prix 2021 - Winners, Qualifying, Circuits, Track

The Spanish Grand Prix has been in operation long before Formula One even began. The first-ever race was back in 1913, won by Carlos Salamance in a Rolls Royce. However, the Spanish GP only found a home in Catalunya from 1991 onwards.

Lewis Hamilton won the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.


Nigel Mansell1991, 1992
Alain Prost1993
Damon Hill1994
Michael Schumacher1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Jacques Villeneuve1997
Mika Hakkinen1998, 1999, 2000
Kimi Raikkonen2005, 2008
Fernando Alonso2005, 2013
Felipe Massa2007
Jenson Button2009
Mark Webber2010
Sebastian Vettel2011
Pastor Maldonado2012
Lewis Hamilton2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Nico Rosberg2015
Max Verstappen2016

Circuit Information


The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is situated in Montmelo. It is characterized by long straights and a decent mix of corners. The track's seating capacity stands at 140,700 and it has an FIA Grade 1 license.

The circuit length is 4.655 km, and the race is normally 66 laps long. This covers a distance of 307.104 km at an average time of 1:35:29.972.

Overtaking Hotspots


Of course, the main straight is a prime overtaking spot as it is a kilometer long and a DRS zone. So, there are plenty of slipstreaming opportunities. Just at the end of the straight is a right-left sequence, which can provide decent action.

This is followed by a long sweeping right-hander, and another chance to pounce. The next chance to overtake is at Turn 5, where drivers head downhill and can dive down the inside.

Another excellent overtaking hotspot is at the end of the back straight, another DRS zone. Finally, there is the 200kph final corner, where many a race has been won or lost.