- Melbourne, Australia
- Sepang, Malaysia
- Shanghai, China
- Sakhir, Bahrain
- Montmelo, Spain
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Montreal, Canada
- Silverstone, Great Britain
- Nürburg, Germany
- Budapest, Hungary
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Monza, Italy
- Yeongam, South Korea
- Suzuka, Japan
- New Delhi, India
- Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
- Austin, U.S.A.
- Sao Paolo, Brazil
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12 May 2013 Montmelo, Circuit de Catalunya
Entry of Turn 9. It’s a quick corner – flat-in-fifth in qualifying – and there’s a great atmosphere at that point on the track, with lots of fire crackers going off. You can sometimes hear the crowd over the noise of the engine.
Turn 3: it’s difficult to find time early in the lap, but this is still a good corner. A long right-hander, through which we’re flat.
Turn 9: flat-in-fifth last year, so a chance to see an F1 car stretching its legs.
Turns 14 & 15: this chicane makes it a frustrating last sector, but it’s one that’s actually pretty good for me.
||12 May 2013
||Circuit de Catalunya
|No. of laps
||1:21.670 – K Raikkonen (2008)
All of the teams did eight days of testing at Barcelona before the start of the season, so we’ve already had plenty of time to dial the cars into the track. But we’ll be introducing some new parts at the race, so there will still be plenty of set-up work to do.
From a driving point of view, this is probably the track I’ve done more laps around than any other, so I know it like the back of my hand. It’s a good challenge, with an interesting mix of corners, and there’s usually a great atmosphere thanks to Fernando [Alonso]. He’s arguably the biggest sports star in Spain, give or take a few footballers, and the fans are very vocal in their support of him. If the Ferrari’s quick, the place will be rammed.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet lots of great Spaniards over the years. I’ve had a great relationship with Pedro [de la Rosa] for more than 10 years and he’s no doubt going to get a great reception as Ferrari’s third driver. I always enjoy myself in Spain, although I’m not big on them eating so late. I don’t like going straight to bed on a full stomach.
Our car has always been pretty good at Barcelona in recent years, although we didn’t have such a good race last year. Time to make amends!
AS A MATTER OF FACT…
- Spain no longer has two grands prix. As of 2012, the location of the Spanish Grand Prix will alternate between Barcelona and Valencia, starting in Barcelona this year.
- Since he qualified on the front row in Barcelona in 2005, Mark has had many strong results at the track. Several points finishes were followed by a podium in 2009 and a race win in 2010.
- The Circuit de Catalunya is the second circuit in and around Barcelona to host the Spanish Grand Prix. Between 1969 and ’75 the Montjuich Park street track hosted the race and it’sbeen at its current venue since 1991.