Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix Preview
Formula 1 lands in Spain this weekend for the Spanish Grad Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. It’s a fast turn around for the teams. The teams just finished racing in Monaco this past Sunday. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) continues his push for the 2023 championship. After his last win in Monaco Verstappen is clear 39 points ahead of teammate Sergio Perez who had a nightmare race in Monaco. Perez will be looking to bounce back in Spain to ensure his teammate doesn’t end his championship hopes.
Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) continues to show fans why he’s been in the sport for 20+ years. Alonso currently sits in third ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton in fourth and George Russell in fifth. Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are still looking for answers to the start of the 2023 season. The team has shown glimpses of promise in qualifying and practice but those events have not led to race results for the Scuderia. Ferrari will be looking to change this pattern in Spain this weekend.
Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur spoke to F1.com regarding Ferrari upgrades for the weekend. “There are a lot of questions, the first one is about package. I think it’s not just about potential, and package and upgrades, but we also have to operate the package in a better window. The first target for us is not just to put downforce on the car, it’s to have the car a bit more consistent, and on top of the update we have a big room for improvement with the current car in terms of performance.
Vasseur Continued Discussing A Car Redesign
“Do we have to restart from scratch on the group on the car? I would say that, as long as I’m convinced we can improve on the current car, it would be a mistake during the season to change completely the target. The introduction of a package, you are not doing 100% of the usage of the package the first race. It will be an opportunity for us to continue to develop the car with this base and I hope we will do a step forward in Barcelona for sure, but it won’t be the end of the development of the car, we have updates for the next 2-3 races coming in after this one.”
The race weekend schedule can be found here:
2023 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Schedule
Broadcast Details can be found here
World Broadcast Details
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