The well-known Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a familiar sight for the F1 circus, with pre-season testing normally taking place there as well as the in-season race.
In 2021, with the ongoing pandemic, all the teams headed to Bahrain for three days of pre-season running. An updated track layout over the winter break means that we'll be studying data thoroughly to get the most out of the slightly different configuration.
Max put in a strong performance here last year, splitting the Mercedes cars and finishing with a good gap to Valtteri back in P3. The track’s location, not far from the coast, means that the wind can blow strongly and change direction rapidly, destabilising the cars, which tend to run relatively high drag, to provide enough downforce for the corners. Let's see if the Spanish sun shines on us in Catalunya.