FIA F1 world championship, race#4, Spanish GP-
strong Spaniards with 'some' home support, not Sebastian Vettel's favorite race and
the battle Hamilton vs. Verstappen
Last Saturday in Portugal it was Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Ferrari with a big smile on his face after an excellent qualifying performance that secured him fifth on the grid, but by Sunday evening it was his countryman Fernando Alonso, Alpina who was the more satisfied of the two.
Heading into their home race, Spanish GP, Montmelo 7.-
as Alonso takes part in his first home race since 2018 !
Ahead of his first home Grand Prix since 2018, Fernando Alonso has rated his performance in the first three rounds of the season with Alpine after his return to F1 following two years racing in other categories.
Heading into the Spanish Grand Prix, Alonso has scored twice in the last three races with a best of P8 in Portugal last time, but he wasn't overly complimentary about his own performance when asked to rate it out of 10.
“Maybe five. The minimum level necessary,” he replied. “I think I can do much better than what I did so far but at the same time it’s out of three races we’ve scored two times and one time we had to retire the car because of [debris in] the rear brakes. A little bit unlucky in Bahrain but the other races we did score points.
“We could have scored more, probably, yes, but one step at a time. While we are adapting and being comfortable with the team, we need to deliver the results on Sunday and keep on scoring points, and it is what we are doing,” he added.
Alpine have been improving along with Alonso, with upgrade packages at Imola and Portugal that helped them to a brace of double-
“I think we have to take it one at a time,” he said. "In Portugal it was a good team performance, a good level of competitiveness in our car, in all the sessions apart from qualifying, maybe. But over the weekend it was very strong.
“Now we are here in Barcelona we need to re-
It’s been three years since Alonso has raced at home in F1 and, while there will just be 1,000 fans compared to the hundred-
“I’m really excited,” he said. “It feels very special. Obviously we miss the fans but we still feel the support from them at home. You arrive here… you feel the support in the airport, the hotel. You feel you are at home, somehow. That extra pressure, that extra adrenaline because you are in your home country, it is special.
“Unfortunately we cannot share the moment with the fans but we try to put a good show on television.”
Sitting 12th in the table after three rounds, Alonso aims to make up ground with his 18th Spanish GP this weekend.
Mercedes vs. Red Bull -
There’s a proper championship battle on the go when tiny incidents can have such a big impact on the outcome of a race, but that’s exactly what happened in Portugal.
Max Verstappen could have been on pole position but for a snap of oversteer at Turn 4 that resulted in his best lap time being deleted in Q3, while traffic was also given as a reason why he didn’t match that effort on his final run. Then there was another small wobble at Turn 14 early in the race that allowed Lewis Hamilton the chance to regain second place, and then the final lap time deletion that cost Verstappen an extra point for fastest lap.
Max Verstappen lost the fastest lap bonus point to Valtteri Bottas thanks to track limits in Portugal. The fact that each one of those either cost Verstappen a point or a much better chance of victory when they were such small moments shows just how close this fight is.
Barcelona is likely to see more of the same, where Red Bull are hopeful of being slightly more competitive than in Portimao, but Mercedes have been very strong in the past. Getting everything right through the weekend will be crucial, and that means any lost track time due to issues in practice or the slightest error on a qualifying lap could have a major influence. The intensity is only increasing, and we love it !
2021 Spanish Grand Prix Race Preview -
by ASTON MARTIN Cognizant F1 Racing Team
Lap after lap, session after session; few – if any – Grand Prix circuits have played host to more Formula One laps than the Circuit de Barcelona-
Sebastin Vettel -
“This weekend, I’ll have the upgrade Lance used in Portugal – which he felt was promising – so I’m looking forward to experiencing it for myself.
Looking at the last race, it’s clear that we have better race pace than single-
“Portugal wasn’t a great weekend for us – but we got plenty of track running and learned more about the development of the AMR21. We’ve seen how critical it is to extract the maximum from the car – especially in the tight and unpredictable midfield pack – we’ll be aiming for points again this weekend.”
Cognizant's Keys to the Race
After two races on circuits with limited historical data to rely on, the Circuit de Barcelona-
• Strategy: There’s gains to be made with some quick thinking on the pitwall. A pitstop takes roughly 23 seconds, which is quicker than Imola or Portimão, meaning multiple stops are viable. Last year, only five drivers made it to the finish with one pitstop, so expect to see a mix of strategies – especially as Pirelli has brought its hardest and most durable range: C1, C2 and C3.
• There’s usually plenty of action at the start thanks to the 645-
• During the winter, some minor re-
• While there were no Safety Cars in the 2020 Grand Prix, historically the chances of a mid-
Unlocking the Lap – with SentinelOne
A lap of the circuit de Barcelona-
Our official Cyber Security Partner SentinelOne presents the key technical facts and stats behind a single lap of the track.
The 1.1km main straight, where cars reach speeds of 300km/h (186mph), offers a good opportunity for slipstreaming, but the medium-
Drivers keep it pinned to the left of the straight to maximise the tricky Turns Four and Five. After the long right-
Turns Seven and Eight are another tricky combination – the outside kerb is notoriously tricky, especially in low-
Reaching speeds as low as 80km/h (50mph), this corner tests brakes, and it begins the low-
F1 circuit MONTMELO, Spain
Number of laps 66
Lap length 4.675km
Number of corners 16
Race distance 308.424km
Lap record 1:18.183 (Valtteri Bottas, 2020)
Qualifying lap record 1:14.648 (Fernando Alonso, 2006)
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