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Formula 1 returns to Barcelona for a 2022 Spanish Grand Prix that could give the pecking order a boost.
The first five races of the 2022 season are now over, with all of those wins going either Red Bull or Ferrari, with Max Verstappen scoring three, the other two belonging to Charles Leclerc.
Could we see this season take a turn at the Spanish Grand Prix?
Marking the start of the European season, many teams are planning to roll out their first major upgrade of the season and this new regulatory era at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, so we might just be surprised.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.
When is the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix?
Friday May 20
Free practice 1: 1400-1500 [1300-1400 UK time]
Free Practice 2: 1700-1800 [1600-1700 UK time]
Saturday May 21
Free practice 3: 1300-1400 [1200-1300 UK time]
Qualifications: 1600 [1500 UK time]
Sunday May 22
Race: 1500 [1400 UK time]
Where is the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix taking place?
Pedralbes, Jarama, Montjuic and Jerez were the first venues to host the Spanish Grand Prix as part of an official Formula 1 World Championship, but the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is the only Formula 1 racing venue since 1991.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is located just outside of Barcelona and is a purpose-built track used in a wide range of racing disciplines. MotoGP and the FIA World Rallycross Championship are two of the other most prestigious series to race here and it was also used as the venue for the 1992 Olympics.
It is widely regarded as an excellent all-rounder, with track characteristics that put both the power and aerodynamic efficiency of Formula 1 cars under scrutiny with a mix of high-speed sections and a tricky technical section. This is one of the main reasons why pre-season testing also takes place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The track has 16 bends and is 4.655 km long. The venue represents home races for Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz.
Where can I watch the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix?
Pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports will broadcast the entire race weekend on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage through Now TV.
Free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 will show long highlights from qualifying and the race.
F1 TV Pro viewers can watch all the live action from Barcelona. Please check if F1 TV Pro is available in your country.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the BBC’s actual race and access live data throughout each session.
PlanetF1 will broadcast live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend, from FP1 on Friday morning to the race on Sunday afternoon.
The Spanish Grand Prix will be shown live on TV at the following outlets in other key markets:
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
Italy: Sky Sport F1, TV8
Germany: Sky Sport F1
Spain: DAZN, Telecinco
What are the chances of the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix?
Max Verstappen may have won back-to-back races, but he is currently co-favorite alongside Charles Leclerc to win the Spanish Grand Prix.
Here are the latest Planet Sport Bet selected prizes:
6/5Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
6/5 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
11/1 Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
14/1 Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
20/1 George Russell (Mercedes)
20/1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
[Last updated Monday May 16]
What is the weather forecast for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix?
Friday May 20: 24c, sunny and a gentle breeze.
Saturday May 21: 24c, sunny and a moderate breeze.
Sunday May 22: 25c, sunny and a gentle breeze.
Which drivers have won the Spanish Grand Prix?
Michael Schumacher is the most successful Formula 1 driver at the Spanish Grand Prix, winning the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya six times, and as with their world titles, Schumacher shares the record with Lewis Hamilton for the most GP wins from Spain. .
Hamilton has been dominant at Barcelona for a long time now, winning the last five Spanish GPs. Does this race end in 2022?
The last 10 winners of the Spanish Grand Prix are:
2021 – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2020 – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2019 – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2018 – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2017 – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2016 – Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2015 – Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
2014 – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2013 – Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
2012 – Pastor Maldonado, Williams
Route to the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is one of the few circuits that has an abundance of off-site parking spaces available – 32,000 to be exact.
People traveling by car are advised to follow the C-17 road and exit at Montmelo or, from the AP-7 motorway, use exits 13, 14 and 15. Exits 14 and 15 connect to the C-17 road.
To get to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya by train, use Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gràcia or Clot stations and make Montemelo your last stop. This is the closest station to the track but it is not necessarily an easy walk as the walk will take around 45 minutes.
On race weekends, however, a small shuttle service to the circuit is available. There is also a special bus service in operation from Barcelona Nord bus station in the city center to the circuit which also takes 45 minutes.
The best airport to use for fastest access to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is Barcelona International Airport (BCN), located in El Prat de Llobregat.
Regional airports such as Reus (REU) or Girona-Costa Brava (GRO) are cheaper options to fly to and both are around 100km from the circuit.
Tire choices for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix
The Barcelona circuit is well known to #Fit4F1 teams from previous trials and races. A wide layout also requires the toughest compounds in the range!
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) May 16, 2022
Pirelli has selected the hardest compounds in its range for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Thus, the C1 will be the hard tire, the C2 will serve as the medium and the soft tire will be the C3.
In view of the forecasts, it seems very unlikely that the intermediates or the wet ones will be called upon.
What is the latest F1 championship standings?
Charles Leclerc – 104 points
Max Verstappen – 85 points
Sergio Perez – 66 points
George Russell – 59 points
Carlos Sainz – 53 points
Ferrari- 157 points
Red Bull – 151 points
Mercedes- 95 points
McLaren- 46 points
Alfa Romeo – 31 points