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    2017 Spanish Grandprix - Barcelona



    Formally the Circuit de Catalunya, now called Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. A complete lap of this track is 4.655 kilometer and a full race is 66 laps in the baking Catalunyan sun, covering a race distance of 307 kilometers. The track has 16 corners, seven of which are tight torturing chicanes and about 6 fast swooping corners. There is one major long straight which may benefit cars with good engine grunt like Mercedes and Ferrari.

    Kimi Raikonen holds the race lap record of 1:21.670 with the Ferrari F2008 in 2008. The Ferrari 056 engine in the F2008 was a 2398cc V8 (90) naturally aspirated engine. It would be interesting to see if the modern hybrid engine can match or break this lap record this weekend. The fastest lap ever done on this track was by Rubens Barrichello at 1:19.954 in Q2 of the 2009 season. Have a look at the video below at a fast Ferrari lap on this circuit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS2jgU7TXC8


    Circuit de Catalunya was the scene of much controversy in 2016 when the two Mercedes of Rosberg and Hamilton took each other out.


    Within the Mercedes camp, loyaties were divided, senior Mercedes officials were quoted in some tabloid saying Hamilton was stupid and caused the crash. For many, it was the deciding point for the outcome of the 2016 driver championship and remains controversial todate. Compared to 2016, the current 2017 season so far, is sort of an anti-climax to the 2016 season where we experienced a monumental rivalry not seen since the Prost-Senna rivalry.

    The 2017 Spanish GP promises to be a resumption of the head to head between Hamilton and Vettel that we all want to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
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    Rollo buddy, don't you like the post or are you booing something else???
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    Your thread starting post was very nicely done Nitrodaze. Rollo probably just had a shandy or two and was saying hello in his own way.

    Mercedes looking strong again at the moment and looked to have made a big step forward but I'm really hoping Ferrari and Red Bull can also get in the mix come Sunday... maybe if we get rain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zico View Post
    Your thread starting post was very nicely done Nitrodaze. Rollo probably just had a shandy or two and was saying hello in his own way.

    Mercedes looking strong again at the moment and looked to have made a big step forward but I'm really hoping Ferrari and Red Bull can also get in the mix come Sunday... maybe if we get rain?
    Thanks buddy ;-) Enjoy the weekend.
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    I think the lap record would be smashed this weekend. We may even see the fastest lap ever happen this weekend. Chances are we may have less than 1:19:950 or even in the region of 1:18:999 this weekend.
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    I predicted 118.981 for pole on the interleague forum pick'ems. Of course I didn't have the luxury of viewing pre quali practice!
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    Quali McDawgz! Anyone out there?
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    I'm here and I forgot the pickems.

    What's the deal. With Bottas' engine?

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    I thought they got it squared away.
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