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2017 Spain GP (Barcelona): Formula One F1 Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on May 13, 2017 - 07:40 PM
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2017 Spain GP (Barcelona): Formula One F1 Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

It is time for Formula One's 2017 European Grand Prix season! First on deck, and the fifth round of the 2017 Formula One world championship is the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

The F1 circuit is a 16-turn 4.655km track. Sunday's race will be won by the driver that completes 66 laps/ 307.104 km the fastest.

Catalunya has been a mainstay on the annual F1 calendar since 1991, with the first Grand Prix being won by Nigel Mansell in a Williams FW14 / Renault RS3 (engine). Interestingly, Mansell won from second place.

You might put that finish to memory, because only four times has the Spanish Grand Prix been won from second place (1991 - Mansell, 1994 - Damon Hill, 2000 - Mika Hakkinen, 2011 - Sebastian Vettel). Only once has the Spanish Grand Prix been won from third - Michael Schumacher in 1996.

The statistic that dominates Spain is that 19 of 26 times, the Spanish Grand Prix winner has been won by the Pole sitter. From 2001 until 2010 there was a string of ten straight races going to the F1 driver starting number one.

But then again, Fernando Alonso won the 2014 event from fifth place - the lowest starting position to win at Cataluyna ever! And three of the last six Grand Prix in Spain have been won by someone other than the polesitter.

Has the DRS era changed what's possible here ?

Even if it has, it won't matter this year. Because we are going with Lewis Hamilton to win from Pole.

We still like our odds.

Should Hamilton fail, we'll pick Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - starting second - to pick up the pieces and take victory at Barcelona. The Ferrari has been great in race trim, and nearly took Pole.

So enjoy! The intra-field battles and skirmishes tomorrow should be interesting.

 


























2017 Spain GP (Barcelona): Formula One Qualifying Results
POSNODRIVERCARQ1Q2Q3LAPS
144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:20.5111:20.2101:19.14912
25Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:20.9391:20.2951:19.20016
377Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:20.9911:20.3001:19.37315
47Kimi RaikkonenFERRARI1:20.7421:20.6211:19.43914
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG HEUER1:21.4301:20.7221:19.70612
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG HEUER1:21.7041:20.8551:20.17512
714Fernando AlonsoMCLAREN HONDA1:22.0151:21.2511:21.04815
811Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:21.9981:21.2391:21.07014
919Felipe MassaWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:22.1381:21.2221:21.23215
1031Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:21.9011:21.1481:21.27217
1120Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:21.9451:21.32913
1255Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:21.9411:21.37112
1327Nico HulkenbergRENAULT1:22.0911:21.39712
148Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:21.8221:21.51713
1594Pascal WehrleinSAUBER FERRARI1:22.3271:21.80315
169Marcus EricssonSAUBER FERRARI1:22.3329
1730Jolyon PalmerRENAULT1:22.4016
1818Lance StrollWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:22.4117
192Stoffel VandoorneMCLAREN HONDA1:22.5329
2026Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:22.7466



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