The Formula 1 teams are no strangers to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (formerly known as the Circuit de Catalunya); not only have they raced there every year since 1991, they also conduct extensive testing at the venue. 2018 marks the 28th time Barcelona has hosted the Spanish Grand Prix.
Familiarity does not, however, lessen the challenge for car or driver. Barcelona’s mix of high- and low-speed corners, plus its abrasive and rather bumpy track surface, makes for a physically and mechanically taxing race.
Tyre wear is particularly high and the varying winds that cut across the circuit mean an optimum set-up can be hard to find.
Join us later in the afternoon for the latest updates and results from the Circuit de Catalunya, as the second practice session ahead of the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix is scheduled to take place in Barcelona, with Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to continue preparations ahead of the qualifying session on Saturday.