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Formula One - Spanish Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, May 13th
SITE: Circuit de Catalunya (1991) -- Barcelona, Spain
TRACK: 4.655 km (2.892 miles), 16-turn road course
CAPACITY: 107,000
ANNUAL: 42nd
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Lewis Hamilton
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (Finished 4th)
LAPS: 66
MILES: 190.825 (307.104 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Mark Webber, 2010 (1 minute, 19.996 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Fernando Alonso, 2006 (1 hour, 26 minutes, 21.759 seconds)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel26Michael Schumacher10
2Lewis Hamilton37Nico Rosberg7
3Jenson Button58Nick Heidfeld24
4Mark Webber19Sergio Perez12
5Fernando Alonso410Kamui Kobayashi14
2011 Spanish Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 186.020 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 39 minutes, 3.301 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.630 second
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 21
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 4
FASTEST LAP: Lewis Hamilton, 1:26.727, Lap 52
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (1:20.981)
Past Spanish Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (2nd) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 186.020 kph/1:39:3.301
2010 -- Mark Webber (1st) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 192.471 k.p.h./1:35:44.101
2009 -- Jenson Button (1st) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 188.214 k.p.h./1:37:19.202
2008 -- Kimi Raikkonen (1st) -- Ferrari -- 186.365 k.p.h./1:38:19.051
2007 -- Felipe Massa (1st) -- Ferrari -- 198.102 k.p.h./1:31.36.230
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Renault -- 212.074 kph/1:26:21.759 (record)
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 209.844 k.p.h./1:27:16.830
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 209.205 k.p.h./1:27:32.841
2003 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 196.620 k.p.h./1:33:46.933
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:30:29.981
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:31:03.305
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen (2nd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:33:55.390
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:34:13.665
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:33:37.621
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve (1st) -- Williams -- 1:30:35.896
1996 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:59:49.307
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Benetton -- 1:34:20.507
1994 -- Damon Hill (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:36:14.374
1993 -- Alain Prost (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:32:27.685
1992 -- Nigel Mansell (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:56:10.674
1991 -- Nigel Mansell (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:38:41.541
1990 -- Alain Prost (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:48:01.461
1989 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:47:48.264
1988 -- Alain Prost (2nd) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:48:43.851
1987 -- Nigel Mansell (2nd) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:49:12.692
1986 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- Lotus-Renault -- 1:48:47.735
1985 -- Not held
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Not Held
1982 -- Not Held
1981 -- Gilles Villeneuve (7th) -- Ferrari -- 1:46:35.01
1980 -- Not Held
1979 -- Patrick Depailler (2nd) -- Ligier-Ford -- 1:39:11.84
1978 -- Mario Andretti (1st) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:41:47.06
1977 -- Mario Andretti (1st) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:42:52.22
1976 -- James Hunt (1st) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:42:20.43
1975 -- Jochen Mass (11th) -- McLaren-Ford -- 42:53.7
1974 -- Niki Lauda (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:00:29.56
1973 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (7th) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:48:18.7
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (3rd) -- Lotus-Ford -- 2:03:41.23
1971 -- Jackie Stewart (4th) -- Tyrrell-Ford -- 1:49:03.4
1970 -- Jackie Stewart (3rd) -- March-Ford -- 2:10:58.2
1969 -- Jackie Stewart (4th) -- Matra-Ford -- 2:16:54.0
1968 -- Graham Hill (6th) -- Lotus-Ford -- 2:15:2.1
1967 -- Not Held
1966 -- Not Held
1965 -- Not Held
1964 -- Not Held
1963 -- Not Held
1962 -- Not Held
1961 -- Not Held
1960 -- Not Held
1959 -- Not Held
1958 -- Not Held
1957 -- Not Held
1956 -- Not Held
1955 -- Not Held
1954 -- Mike Hawthorn (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 3:13:52.1
1953 -- Not Held
1952 -- Not Held
1951 -- Juan Manual Fangio (2nd) -- Alfa Romeo -- 2:46:54.10
Past Spanish Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Mark Webber -- 4th
2010 -- Mark Webber -- 1st
2009 -- Jenson Button -- 1st
2008 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 1st
2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 1st
2006 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 1st
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2003 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2002 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 5th
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1st
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1st
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 1st
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 13th
1995 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 1st
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1st
1991 -- Gerhard Berger -- 20th
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 14th
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 4th
1987 -- Nelson Piquet -- 4th
1986 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1985 -- Not held
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Not Held
1982 -- Not Held
1981 -- Jacques Laffite -- 2nd
1980 -- Not Held
1979 -- Jacques Laffite -- 23rd
1978 -- Mario Andretti -- 1st
1977 -- Mario Andretti -- 1st
1976 -- James Hunt -- 1st
1975 -- Niki Lauda -- 25th
1974 -- Niki Lauda -- 1st
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 15th
1972 -- Jacky Ickx -- 2nd
1971 -- Jacky Ickx -- 2nd
1970 -- Jack Brabham -- 7th
1969 -- Jochen Rindt -- 11th
1968 -- Chris Amon -- 9th
1967 -- Not Held
1966 -- Not Held
1965 -- Not Held
1964 -- Not Held
1963 -- Not Held
1962 -- Not Held
1961 -- Not Held
1960 -- Not Held
1959 -- Not Held
1958 -- Not Held
1957 -- Not Held
1956 -- Not Held
1955 -- Not Held
1954 -- Alberto Ascari -- 19th
1953 -- Not Held
1952 -- Not Held
1951 -- Alberto Ascari -- 4th
Last Race Results
RACE: Bahrain Grand Prix (April 22nd)
SITE: Bahrain International Circuit -- Sakhir, Bahrain
LAPS: 57
MILES: 182.115 (308.238 km)
WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen
THIRD: Romain Grosjean
FOURTH: Mark Webber
FIFTH: Nico Rosberg
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 35 minutes, 10.990 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 194.301 k.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.333 seconds
Spanish Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva, Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay, Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Sebastian Vettel---------------22nd4th3rdWon
Lewis Hamilton------------2nd3rd9th14th2nd
Jenson Button9th8th---6th12th6thWon5th3rd
Mark Webber7th12th6th9th21st5th3rdWon4th
Fernando Alonso2nd4th2ndWon3rd15th5th2nd5th
Michael SchumacherWonWon15th2nd---------4th6th
Nico Rosberg---------11th6th14th8th13th7th
Felipe Massa---9th11th4thWon2nd6th6th22nd
 
Mover of the Week
Michael Schumacher - Started 22nd on the grid and finished 10th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Mark Webber
Darkhorse - Bruno Senna
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lewis Hamilton) - Finished 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kimi Raikkonen) - Finished 2nd
 
NOTES:
After finishing 22nd, 4th and 3rd the previous three seasons, current points leader Sebastian Vettel broke through into the winner's circle in Spain, as he clipped Lewis Hamilton by 0.630 of a second for one of his eleven 2011 titles.

Vettel, who started second, used pit strategy early in the race, which put him into the lead. The Red Bull Racing driver dealt with a faulty KERS, as his team instructed him not to discharge the system during the final 20 laps. That allowed Hamilton to gain ground on Vettel. However, he was able to hold off the hard-charging Hamilton for his fourth win in the first five starts last year.

Last season's race snapped a streak of 10 straight wins by the pole sitter. Overall, the pole sitter has won this race 22 times in the 41-year history. In fact, the number one position has won 13 of the last 15 Spanish Grand Prix's.

Although winless in four starts this season, Hamilton is just four points behind Vettel. Hamilton has started on the pole twice in 2012 and has three, third-place finishes.

Back in 2010, Mark Webber became the 10th consecutive pole sitter to capture this race, as he cruised to the checkered flag for his third career Formula One title.

Webber, led from start to finish to defeat Fernando Alonso by a whopping 24 seconds. Lewis Hamilton was running second to Webber, but on the second to last lap, Hamilton punctured his right-front tire and skidded off into the gravel before hitting the barrier. That allowed Alonso to take the second position at the delight of his Spanish home crowd.

In 2009, Jenson Button crossed the finish line well ahead of Rubens Barrichello for his fifth career Formula One title. Button, who currently ranks fourth in the points race, has since added eight F1 titles to his resume.

Kimi Raikkonen, who has since returned from racing on the NASCAR circuit, crossed the finish line 3.228 seconds ahead of Felipe Massa in 2008 for the 17th of 18 career F1 titles. This season, Raikkonen has posted three top-10s in four starts.

Felipe Massa rolled to victory in 2007, as he recorded his fourth F1 career title, outlasting Lewis Hamilton by 6.7 seconds. Massa, who had captured the Grand Prix of Bahrain the previous week, started on the pole and dominated the race. Massa led the opening 19 laps before pitting and reclaimed the advantage on lap 24, as Nick Heidfeld made a pit stop. Following another pit, Massa regained the advantage, this time over Hamilton on lap 47 and held the lead throughout. Massa's win total now stands at 11.

When Fernando Alonso won in 2006, he recorded his 11th career Formula One title, as he cruised to a 18.502 seconds win over Michael Schumacher. Pole sitter Alonso, who now stands with 28 career titles, reclaimed the lead from Schumacher on lap 46, as Schumacher needed a final stop. The hometown crowd sensed victory, as the Spaniard was unchallenged the rest of the way. With the win, Alonso became the first Spanish driver to win his home event.

In 2005, Kimi Raikkonen posted an easy 27.6 second victory over Alonso for his then third career Formula One title. Starting on the pole, Raikkonen jumped out early and had a 6.6 second advantage after just 10 laps. Midway through he race, Raikkonen owned a 25.1-second lead and was never threatened. Four-time defending champion Michael Schumacher suffered tire problems and was never a factor.

This circuit was built in 1991, after the Spanish Motor Federation decided to stop sharing the Spanish Grand Prix between four other tracks. It is situated just north of Barcelona, with a layout better than other modern tracks, because the designer took into consideration that fans preferred to watch overtaking, rather than a parade. The first corner is a sharp right that requires heavy braking, with a large gravel trap to catch those that get it wrong. In 2005, the circuit underwent a few safety modifications and was completely resurfaced for the first time since the circuit opened.

Nigel Mansell won in 1991, after Gerhard Berger's engine blew, and Ayrton Senna chose the wrong tires for the changing conditions. 1992 saw Mansell winning again, with then rookie, Michael Schumacher taking second. Senna came to grief once more, spinning off into the wall with only a few laps to go. Alain Prost dominated for Williams in '93, ahead of Senna, and in '94, Damon Hill helped make the team smile again after Ayrton's death, taking the win, with Schumacher second. Michael Schumacher won this race for the first time in '95, and dominated '96, in very wet conditions, rising from 6th to the lead by lap 12, and '97 saw Jacques Villeneuve winning for Williams. Mika Hakkinen won the first of his three straight Spanish Grand Prix races in 1998, the first driver to accomplish that feat since Jackie Stewart (1969-71).

During his career, Schumacher has won this race six times, including four in a row from (2001-04) and his streak of 13 straight top-5 finishes ended in 2005 with his 15th place result. The 2005 finish was his worst at this race since 1991 when he placed sixth. In his return to Formula One in 2010, Schumacher placed fourth.

The May 27 Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo is the next Formula One event. Sebastian Vettel won last year's most prestigious race on the F1 circuit.

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