Formula 1 - Spanish GP, Barcelona circuit with long and fast corners
date
11 May 2017

category
Racing world
Formula 1 - Spanish GP, Barcelona circuit with long and fast corners

 

The F1 championship, where many teams involved are equipped by BMC, comes to Spain for the round 5 of 20. Pirelli brings the three hardest compounds in the Formula 1 range for the first time this year: P Zero Orange hard, P Zero White medium, and P Zero Yellow soft. This is to cope with the notoriously high demands put on the tyres at the Circuit de Catalunya: caused not only by the famous long and fast corners, but also by the abrasive surface and likelihood of warm weather. As a regular testing venue, including two sessions earlier this year, Barcelona is the track that the teams probably know best – but a lot has changed since the last visit, just over two months ago…

 F1 Championship arrives in Barcelona

The analysis of…

Mario Isola – Pirelli Motorsport ­– Head of Car Racing

“This is the last race where allocations are fixed for every team: as of Monaco, drivers are making their own choices about the quantities of each compound they would like to nominate. While Barcelona is a well-known venue, aerodynamic evolution of the cars, enhanced by the latest upgrade packages brought to Spain, mean that performance is increased but degradation levels could also be higher compared to testing. We can additionally expect weather conditions considerably warmer than February”.

F1 Tyres for Spanish GP 2017 

What’s new?   
•    Hard tyre appears for the first time in a 2017 Grand Prix.
•    Last round of identical tyre allocations: seven sets of the softest compound available, four sets of the middle compound, and two of the hardest compound.
•    Many teams will bring a ‘B’ spec car to Barcelona, ranging from a few tweaks to almost a complete redesign – depending on the team.

 

 

Curiosities & numbers

1.551  bar(21.5 psi) minimum starting pressures (front slick)

1.3789  bar(21.0 psi) minimum starting pressures (rear slicks)

-3.50° camber limit (front)

-2.00° camber limit (rear)

 

Formula 1 Drivers’ Standing 2017

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ger

Ferrari

86

2

Lewis Hamilton

Gbr

Mercedes

73

3

Valtteri Bottas

Fin

Mercedes

63

4

Kimi Räikkönen

Fin

Ferrari

49

5

Max Verstappen

Ned

Red Bull

35

6

Daniel Ricciardo

Aus

Red Bull

22

7

Sergio Perez

Mex

Force India Mercedes

22

8

Felipe Massa

Bra

Williams Mercedes

18

9

Carlos Sainz

Esp

Toro Rosso

11

10

Esteban Ocon

Fra

Force India Mercedes

9