Defending F1 champion Max Verstappen will be looking to make it three wins in succession when he takes to the track at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton has won the last five races at the Spanish Grand Prix, but I cannot see him taking it to six.
The Mercedes driver seems more interested in getting involved with Premier League football side Chelsea than finding out why his car is performing like a second-hand Fiat Punto.
The former world champion has yet to win a race in the 2022 campaign. He sits down in sixth position with just 36 points and is being outperformed by team-mate George Russell.
Defending champion Max Verstappen is finding his form once again. He has won the last two races in Miami and Imola and has won three of the first five races of the season.
He is in second place on the league standings despite having more victories than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The Monaco-born driver has two wins to his name, but he has only failed to finish on the podium in one race this season and that was in Imola.
The battle to win the Spanish Grand Prix will definitely be between Verstappen and Leclerc, and I am backing the Red Bull racer to show his champion class by taking the chequered flag and put him in pole position to win back-to-back world titles.
Getting back to Mercedes, Hamilton might be struggling but fellow Brit Russell is loving his time at his new team. He has yet to win a race, but he claimed his first podium of the campaign at the Australian Grand Prix.
I expect him to push Verstappen and Leclerc all the way in Spain and get back on the podium alongside the leading two. Russell will keep both Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jnr at arm’s length and boost his chances of a top-three finish overall this season.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was first opened back in 1991 and that same year it hosted the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time. It has hosted this race ever since and it also serves as the track for winter testing, meaning drivers and teams are very familiar with the track. Since it was first opened the course has undergone alterations and the 2.892-mile track now features one of the longest straights in Formula 1 as well as a variety of different corners that can prove to be challenging when conditions are windy. Lewis Hamilton made it five wins in succession at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2021 to take his victory tally in Catalunya to six. That win saw him go level with Michael Schumacher for the most wins at this track. He will need to improve his car if he is ever going to take that record on his own.
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Number of Laps: 66
Lap Length: 2.892 miles
Lap Record: Max Verstappen, 1 minute, 18.149 (2021)
Spanish Grand Prix Winners
|1913||Carlos de Salamanca||Rolls-Royce||Guadarrama|
|1933||Louis Chiron||Alfa Romeo||Lasarte|
|1951||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo||Pedralbes|
|2010||Mark Webber||Red Bull||Catalunya|
|2011||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||Catalunya|
|2016||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||Catalunya|
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