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F1 is back at it this weekend, generating the somewhat brief trip from Monaco to the outskirts of Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix. The series has visited the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya every single year given that 1991, nearly usually occupying a location early on the calendar.

Here’s anything you will need to know about the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix:

2023 Spanish Grand Prix Television/streaming schedule

All instances Eastern

7:30-eight:55 a.m.: Pre-race show (ESPN, ESPN app)
eight:55-11 a.m.: Spanish Grand Prix (ESPN, ESPN app, F1TV)

Spanish Grand Prix beginning grid

  • Max Verstappen (1), Red Bull-Honda RBPT

  • Carlos Sainz (55), Ferrari

  • Lando Norris (four), McLaren-Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton (44), Mercedes

  • Lance Stroll (18), Aston Martin-Mercedes

  • Esteban Ocon (31), Alpine-Renault

  • Nico Hulkenberg, (27), Haas-Ferrari

  • Fernando Alonso (14), Aston Martin-Mercedes

  • Oscar Piastri (81), McLaren-Mercedes

  • Pierre Gasly (ten), Alpine-Renault

  • Sergio Perez (11), Red Bull-Honda RBPT

  • George Russell (63), Mercedes

  • Zhou Guanyu (24), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

  • Nyck De Vries (21), AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT

  • Yuki Tsunoda (22), AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT

  • Valtteri Bottas (77), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

  • Kevin Magnussen (20), Haas-Ferrari

  • Alexander Albon (23), Williams-Mercedes

  • Charles Leclerc (16), Ferrari

  • Logan Sargeant (two), Williams-Mercedes

  • Gasly gets two grid penalties

    Following Saturday’s qualifying sessions, stewards issued two separate 3-location grid drops to Alpine’s Pierre Gasly — who had posted the fourth-quickest time in Q3 — for impeding. In Q1’s initially flying run, Gasly appeared to let Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by means of, but did not move out of the way for Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez, who had to lift out of the throttle. Later in the session even though not on a flying lap he was judged not to have sufficiently out of the way for Verstappen.

    Gasly will now begin the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix from 10th on the grid.

    Perez, Russell out Q2

    Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Mercedes’ George Russell had been surprisingly eliminated in Q2, along with Zhou Guanyu, Nyck de Vries and Yuki Tsunoda. Perez went into the gravel early in his final flying lap, forcing him to abort and attempt once more on now-dirty tires. Russell produced speak to with teammate Lewis Hamilton late in the session as properly. Perez’s teammate Max Verstappen was quickest in the session, clocking a 1:12.760.

    Hamilton quickest in Q1, Leclerc eliminated

    Immediately after a frustrating Friday in which Lewis Hamilton mused he may well be out early in qualifying, the Mercedes driver turned the quickest lap in Q1 with a 1:12.937. Final year’s pole-sitter Charles Leclerc complained about his rear tires all through the session and was eliminated, along with Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant.

    Verstappen quickest in Friday practice

    Max Verstappen was quickest in each of Friday’s practice sessions. His 1:14.606 lap in free of charge practice 1 was .7.68 seconds more rapidly than his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. Spain’s personal Fernando Alonso was second to Verstappen in free of charge practice two, turning a 1:14.077, behind the Dutchman’s 1:13.907. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen shocked several in the paddock, putting third in FP two with a lap of 1:14.177.

    2023 Spanish Grand Prix specifics

    Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Barcelona), two.83-mile, 14-turn permanent road course
    Length: 66 laps for 187 miles
    Lap record: N/A (new configuration for 2023)
    Tire compounds: C1 (Really hard), C2 (Medium), C3 (Soft)

    Chicane removed for 2023

    When Catalunya opened 32 years ago, it featured a 14-turn layout. In 2007, a chicane was introduced involving what had been Turns 13 and 14 with the intention of adding a further overtaking chance. That chicane has been eliminated for this year going forward, largely owing to the newest aero regulations and vehicles not getting capable to adhere to in dirty air.

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 22: Max Verstappen, NDL, Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 Honda in action during the F1 World Championship Grand Prix of Spain on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jay Hirano ATPImages/Getty Images)

    Max Verstappen won at the F1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2022 en route to his second consecutive planet drivers’ championship. (Photo by Jay Hirano ATPImages/Getty Pictures)

    Major drivers and greatest bets for the Spanish Grand Prix

    Max Verstappen after once more enters with a adverse moneyline figure and only two other drivers — his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso — are much better than 22-to-1 to win the race, according to BetMGM. Verstappen has won 4 of the six rounds of the planet championship this season, which includes the only race on a permanent circuit like Catalunya, and holds a 39-point lead in the standings.

    Ideal odds to win
    Max Verstappen -250
    Sergio Perez +350
    Fernando Alonso +800

    If you are seeking for bets outdoors of Verstappen or Red Bull, we wrote earlier in the week on some intriguing props. We like Alonso’s odds to finish on the podium (-185) as properly as Alpine’s Esteban Ocon to finish in the prime six.

    Spanish Grand Prix entry list

    Max Verstappen (1), Red Bull-Honda RBPT
    Sergio Perez (11), Red Bull-Honda RBPT
    Charles Leclerc (16), Ferrari
    Carlos Sainz (55), Ferrari
    Lewis Hamilton (44), Mercedes
    George Russell (63), Mercedes
    Pierre Gasly (ten), Alpine-Renault
    Esteban Ocon (31), Alpine-Renault
    Lando Norris (four), McLaren-Mercedes
    Oscar Piastri (81), McLaren-Mercedes
    Zhou Guanyu (24), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
    Valtteri Bottas (77), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
    Fernando Alonso (14), Aston Martin-Mercedes
    Lance Stroll (18), Aston Martin-Mercedes
    Kevin Magnussen (20), Haas-Ferrari
    Nico Hulkenberg, (27), Haas-Ferrari
    Nyck De Vries (21), AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT
    Yuki Tsunoda (22), AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT
    Logan Sargeant (two), Williams-Mercedes
    Alexander Albon (23), Williams-Mercedes

    Climate for the Spanish Grand Prix

    The forecast is quite optimal for racing, with partially cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. Even though that is excellent news for the teams in that they’ll have constant aerodynamic situations and predictable tire degradation all weekend, fewer variables generally imply dull racing.

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