Spanish GP: the big questions

Spanish GP: the big questions

The start of F1's European season is a date the leaders view with trepidation and the stragglers cling to as a beacon of hope. Edd Straw rounds up this year's talking points as Barcelona gets underway

The Spanish Grand Prix assumes near-talismanic status during the early races of a grand prix season. For those who are struggling, it's a far-off point that should be waiting for until they can be judged, and those at the front cite as a fearful day on which their advantage might be eroded by others' progress.

History suggests that, usually, the die is already cast well before Barcelona. Even with the unpredictable nature of the initial stages of 2012, heading to the Spanish Grand Prix the points table had a very familiar feel, with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull topping the drivers' and constructors' championship respectively.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just