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F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix Preview

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The 7-9th of May 2021 will see us return for the fourth race weekend of the season. As we will witness the F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix, from Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio De España.

This race is following the 3 highly competitive opening races of the season, where we saw the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton pull out of an 8 point lead over the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in three very exciting races.

F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix Track Details

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was built as part of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics development programme.
The foundation stone was laid in 1989, while the first car race was a round of the 1991 Spanish Touring Car Championship.

Two weeks after the touring cars raced at Barcelona, it was Formula 1’s turn. The track enjoyed a sensational debut, with Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna’s famous eyeball-to-eyeball drag race down the straight, before Mansell took the lead and drove on to victory.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a big favorite of the drivers, which is just as well because they spend huge amounts of time there during winter testing. The track is a good mix of high and low-speed corners, with the challenging Turn 3 right-hander a great chance to evaluate the balance of the car your team’s designers have given you to fight with for the season.

Number of Laps – 66

Circuit Length – 4.675km

Race Distance – 308.424 km

Lap Record – n/a

2020 Race Recap

The victorious Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his 6th Spanish GP win

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton executed a near-perfect race at the Spanish Grand Prix, leading every lap from pole to record his fifth Spanish Grand Prix win, and his fourth victory of the season, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen coming home ahead of the sister Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez crossed the line in fourth but dropped to fifth thanks to a five-second penalty for ignoring blue flags, allowing Lance Stroll to claim P4. Perez eventually slotted into fifth, ahead of the McLaren of Carlos Sainz who maintained his 100% record of finishing in the points at his home race, and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel who benefitted from a late decision to switch him onto a one-stop strategy to come home in seventh.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, was the only driver to retire from the race, the Monegasque suffering an electrical issue at the halfway point that pitched him into a spin at Turn 15, before eventually boxing his SF1000.

F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix Prediction

My prediction for the F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix, takes a familiar look at the front to the opening three races on the podium, with P1 being contested between Mercedes and Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton feels at home in Spain with five wins to his name there during his career to date, and high on confidence over a comfortable win in Portugal. It will be a fiercely contested race between Hamilton and Verstappen who one feels will be the theme of the season.

The rest of the grid is wide open, Bottas and Perez are both competing for the 3rd spot on the podium with fierce competition from the McLaren team Norris and Ricciardo who both raced another good race in Portugal with Ricciardo making it into the points after starting 16th on the grid.

From P5 to P10 Ferrari are creating a interesting battle for P5 between Sainz and LeClerc.
Both Ferrari looked comfortable last time out and comfortable in the points until Sainz struggled late on with his tires.

With the Alpha Tauri and Alpine both looking to make their way into the top 10 and record points at he expense of Aston Martin who had a poor race in Portugal with Vettel again failing to finish in the points after some terrible team decisions, a difficult weekend for Tsunoda saw him spend a large portion of the race at the pback of the grid. Another safe race from Gasly again finishing in the points in 10th place.

Ocon came a vastly improved 7th place last time out will be looking for another good points finish, with Alonso coming in 8th could we be seeing the return of the former Champion.

Much the same is expected at the back of the grid and will once again be a contest between Alfa Romeo, Williams and Haas.

Russell had a uneventful race by his standards in Portugal finishing ahead of his team mate yet again.

Mick Schumacher improved again with a successful overtaking move on Latifi late on giving him a important 17th ahead of Latifi and his Haas teammate Mazepin who also managed a full race but was yet again in the news for the wrong reasons ignoring a blue flag getting given a 5 second penalty.

Raikkonen was out at the start of the race after colliding with his teammate Giovinazzi, and Latifi did very little to catch the eye as I would expect to happen again in this F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix.

F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix Prediction – Winner: Lewis Hamilton

Will it be back to back wins for the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton?

So, there you have it, my prediction for the F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix. Do you agree with my predictions for the F1 Spain 2021 Grand Prix? Leave your opinion down below in the comments!

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