Formula 1 is in Barcelona this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix. The focus is, of course, on the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for the top spot in the drivers’ standings. Here is the preview for the race in Barcelona.

The schedule:

Formula 1 is hosting two races in two weeks for the first time this season. The Grand Prix in Barcelona promises a lot of excitement, but also a tight schedule for the drivers because they had a race in Portimao (Portugal) last week.

All times are in CET (Central European Time):

SessionFriday (May 7th)Saturday (May 8th)Sunday (May 9th)
1st free practice11 a.m.
2nd free practice3 p.m.
3rd free practice12 p.m.
Qualifying3 p.m.
Race3:10 p.m.

The track:

First of all, the start and finish straight is one of the longest straights in Formula 1 with a length of 1.047 km – this is where power counts. This is followed by the hardest braking point from around 330 km/h. For the first combination of corners, braking is down to 120 km/h, with about 5.6 g of deceleration. Things can get dicey here on the first lap, too, because at 730 meters the drivers cover the longest distance on the F1 calendar from the start to the first corner.

After the first combination of corners, turn 3 is a passage that demands a lot of downforce from the cars. In the course of this right-hand bend, the cars accelerate almost at full throttle from 180 km/h up to 260 km/h. Another fast section awaits the drivers in turn 9, where a speed of over 260 km/h is reached.

The rest of the track consists of slower passages and curves, some of which are 180-degree turns. These include turns 4 and 5. At the end of the lap, good traction is particularly important in the final sector, as a very slow section awaits the drivers here, where the steering angle says a lot about the speed.

Weather forecast:

On Friday (May 7), Formula 1 will be welcomed by friendly conditions in the Barcelona region. Temperatures of just over 20 degrees Celsius are forecast, with light to medium cloud cover over the circuit at Montmelo.

The wind could become a “disruptive factor”: On Friday, it will blow onto the circuit from a southeasterly direction at an average of ten to 15 kilometers per hour. That means a crosswind on the long straights, a tailwind coming out of the first corner and a headwind at the start and finish of the chicane.

The weather will be even better on Saturday (May 8). There should be plenty of sunshine in Barcelona. Temperatures will reach just under 25 degrees Celsius with only a few clouds in the sky.

Once again, rain will not be an issue, but the wind will be, again with ten to 15 kilometers per hour, but now from a southerly direction on the racetrack. Individual gusts of wind are expected to reach up to 35 km/h.

At race time on Sunday (May 9), the temperature should be around 21 degrees Celsius, but then with a dense cloud cover. And the cloud cover is expected to increase further during the afternoon. In fact, rain has been announced, but only for after the race in the late evening.

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