2020 Spanish Grand Prix Preview

Max Verstappen heads to Barcelona as favourite with hot temperatures forecast. (Image credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool)

After two thrilling rounds of racing around Silverstone, Formula One heads 999.1 miles to Barcelona for the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix. 

This race marks the conclusion of this season’s second triple-header in a tightly packed opening half of this season, as Lewis Hamilton continues to push for a seventh title with Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas in hot pursuit of their own maiden F1 title. 


Track Guide

Catalunya F1 layout

Circuit name: Circuit de Catalunya

Laps: 66

Race Distance: 307.104km 

Tyre Selection: C1, C2, C3



Date Session Time (BST)
Friday 14 August FP1 10:00am
Friday 14 August FP2 2:00pm
Saturday 15 August FP3 11:00am
Saturday 15 August Qualifying 2:00pm
Sunday 16 August Race 2:10pm


Five Key Pointers

  • High track temperatures are forecast all weekend which should suit Red Bull if can replicate their pace from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last weekend, although Verstappen is yet to win consecutive races in F1.
  • Expect to see Mercedes spending most of Practice focusing on understanding how their car behaves in relation to tyres in hot temperatures, despite reverting back to the preferred three hardest compounds. 
  • Spanish Grand Prix has never been ran in August before so teams don’t have any real data to accurately base this weekend on, which could result in some teams struggling more than others and particularly if the hot temperatures come into play.
  • Ferrari struggled for straight-line speed throughout winter testing here in February, so this will be a proper indication of just how much progress they have made since lockdown. 
  • Renault and Racing Point both ran well here in pre-season testing so expect to see both teams right in the mix come Qualifying if can continue to show their improvement from the opening five races. 


Race Recaps

If missed any of the five previous opening rounds of the 2020 season, please click on the links below to catch up on the missed action.

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