The 2022 F1 calendar is about to start its European leg, and it starts with one of the best and most legendary circuits of the sport’s history, the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya. We’ve already seen a little bit of the track with the drivers driving their cars here during pre-season testing, but now the training wheels are off as we head into the sixth race of 2022.
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The circuit started its life in 1989 when it began development alongside the 1992 Barcelona Olympics before it hosted its first F1 Grand Prix in 1991. Nigel Mansell took first place, followed by Alain Prost and Riccardo Patrese. This year, it will host the 31st Spanish Grand Prix as Ferrari and Red Bull aim to take podium positions after 66 laps of the 4.675 km long track which features two long straights and 16 corners.
It will have two DRS detection zones, with one being found after Turn 8, and the second after Turn 15, and while Turn 10 has received a small extension over last year, the majority stays the same with the track still extracting everything the cars’ tyres have got. For this reason, Pirelli has given the hardest tyres to teams as an option. This could tie in well with Mercedes’ strategy if they choose to pit twice like last year where Lewis Hamilton took the win.