The Formula One paddock returns to the Circuit de Catalunya just two months after winter testing came to a conclusion ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. F1 Top 10, looks at the big taking points heading into the weekend!
Red Bull Upgrade
After so much hope over the winter that Red Bull could challenge Mercedes for the title it’s now make or break for the four-time world champions. The team currently trail Ferrari and Mercedes by 78 and 79 points in the constructors’ championship after a disappointing start to 2017 but that could all change this weekend. Red Bull are expected to bring major updates to their 2017 challenger with some in the paddock suggesting the changes could be so great it could be called the RB14 instead of the RB13B.
Mercedes v Ferrari
It’s not only Red Bull who are set for major upgrades in Barcelona with the top two in the championship; Mercedes and Ferrari, also set for upgrades as the development race continues. Mercedes are expected to bring a lighter gearbox as the Brackley team focuses on reducing the weight of the W08 which is affecting the car’s balance. As for Ferrari, they’re set to focus heavily on aerodynamics. It’s sure to be a fascinating a battle off the track as much as on it! With Sebastian Vettel leading the drivers championship, Mercedes will be hoping the upgrades increase the performance of the W08 as they try and chase down the German and increase their narrow gap over the Scuderia in the constructors championship.
McLaren are yet to score a single point this season in what has been a disastrous start to 2017 for the Woking based team. In his home race, Fernando Alonso, will be hoping for major improvements in reliability and performance from the MCL32 in what will be his final race for the team ahead of his debut in the Indianapolis 500.
Verstappen Back to Where It Started
For Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, returning to the Spanish Grand Prix will always be special. This weekend will mark a year since the Dutchman broke the record books as he won his first Grand Prix, in his very first race for Red Bull after replacing Daniil Kvyat. If Red Bull’s upgrades live up to expectation then who’s to say he can’t repeat the same feat.
You can watch the moment, Max Verstappen, became the youngest-ever winner of a Grand Prix below.