2015 Spanish Grand Prix Preview

Welcome to Europe. The Circuit de Catalunya (sixth Spanish venue to host an F1 race) is a permanent and well-known scene for F1. The track is a true test for both car and driver, and features high-speed corners and few overtaking changes. Learn more about the track in our Circuit Guide.

After having completed Australia, Malaysia, China and Bahrain, it’s Lewis Hamilton who leads the way in the championship with a 27-point lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg, with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel threatening in a close third. Will the Ferrari's be able to get closer to Mercedes?

The Spanish GP means good news for Williams test driver Susie Wolff, as she was confirmed to take part in Friday practice. It's also a new change for Jenson Button to enjoy a race weekend following a disastrous Bahrain GP where he didn't even get to start on Sunday. He did do a fantastic job on Twitter commentary.

Pirelli announced they’re taking the Medium and Hard compounds for this Grand Prix, same tyre choices used in Malaysia this year. F1’s tyre supplier revealed “controlling wear and degradation” is the biggest challenge, as this is a circuit that takes a lot out of the tyres - with the front-left being the most stressed.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery also had some words for us, “The biggest unknown factor will be the weather: in the past we have seen some very hot weather in Barcelona, but it isn’t always guaranteed. The start of the European season traditionally means that many teams bring important upgrades, and it will be very interesting to see how these interact with our 2015 tyres.”

Last year’s winner was Lewis Hamilton on a two-stop race (medium-medium-hard). This year it’s also expected most cars run on a two-stop strategy.