The Spanish Grand Prix has been a Formula 1 staple for almost as long as the world championship itself. The race has been on the calendar since 1951 and it has kicked off the European leg of the season since 1993. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is also a popular testing venue, due to its eclectic mix of slow, medium and high-speed corners. Only three of the circuit’s 16 turns are taken at less than 100km/h (62mph) and the result is an average speed of 200km/h (124mph).
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is used all-year-round by car and motorbike championships, but it isn’t solely used for motorised events. A selection of running and cycling races take place at the track, a legacy of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when the track hosted the time trial cycling events.
Until 2005 only world champions had won around Barcelona. The sequence was broken by Kimi Raikkonen, who went on to become world champion in 2007 with Scuderia Ferrari.
Follow us later in the afternoon for the latest news, updates and results from the Circuit de Catalunya, as 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 challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for another win.