With a long main straight and a mix of corners, Barcelona is a favourite testbed for F1® teams and their cars outside of race season. The windy track of Barcelona can push car designs to their limit, so it’s critical that Team Principals come prepared with the right setup to meet the conditions of the day.
Suggested car setup for Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya:
- Medium speed cornering is crucial
- Focusing on acceleration, DRS, and medium speed downforce is also recommended
- Downforce circuit
Tips & Tricks
As a downforce circuit, the Spanish Grand Prix favours drivers and cars that can corner and use the DRS zones well.
- With its rough circuit surface, you will see high tyre wear at Barcelona. Push too hard, and you’ll struggle to keep your tyre effectiveness up.
- Medium and low-speed cornering setups will help you maintain position, but your vehicle will need strong acceleration if you want to overtake.
- With two pit stops at Barcelona, consider an aggressive start on two rounds of softs and then holding out on mediums until the chequered flag.
2023 Race Replay
At lap 15, Sainz is in P2, closely pursued by Hamilton with DRS. Wise pit stop decisions and tyre management could be the key to staying ahead. Can you take control of Ferrari’s strategy to get the Spanish driver into the top 4, and his teammate into the points in Barcelona?
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