After a couple of weeks off, it’s back to business for Formula 1 and it’s the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya that plays host to round five. This is a circuit every team will know extremely well, as pre-season testing takes place here. In theory, everyone will be nailing their setups, though teams often bring upgrades to Spain, which may muddy the waters just a little. A freshly resurfaced track should also provide a slightly different dynamic.
66 laps await here, covering a total distance of 190 miles. It’s a track that features a couple of long straights but also a number of twisty sections, so it will have moments to suit the characteristics of different cars and may therefore offer up some intrigue. Red Bull in particular might be eying up large chunks of both sectors 2 and 3, whilst Mercedes may enjoy the long, fast, start/finish straight. Ferrari should continue to do well, given the nature of their performances so far this season, despite the oddity of Lewis Hamilton having a four-point lead over Sebastian Vettel after a chaotic couple of races. They will have to be mindful of how hungry Daniel Ricciardo might be, not to mention Max Verstappen; the Red Bull duo will be seeking to make amends following their disastrous accident in Azerbaijan.
I’m not going to dare predict an outcome here, as my predictions so far have fallen way off the mark. Form guides would appear to suggest a Ferrari victory, but form doesn’t seem to mean anything this season.