top of page

Barcelona 2023! Everything You Need to Know...

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

Welcome to round 8 of the 2023 Formula 1 season. I'll be diving into the exhilarating world of Formula 1 to bring you the latest updates and insights from the Barcelona Grand Prix!


As engines roar and tyres screech on the iconic Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the atmosphere is electric with anticipation for this thrilling race weekend. The Barcelona GP holds a special place in the hearts of motorsport enthusiasts, as it showcases the perfect blend of high-speed straights, challenging corners, and the sheer mastery of the drivers.

In this action-packed event, the world's finest racing teams and drivers will push themselves to the limit, battling for glory and aiming to claim victory on the storied Spanish track. With its rich history and reputation for producing captivating races, the Barcelona GP promises to deliver a spectacle that will leave fans on the edge of their seats.


Whether you're a die-hard Formula 1 aficionado or a casual fan, this post will be your ultimate guide to unraveling the intricacies of the Barcelona GP and the enthralling narratives that unfold throughout the weekend.


So buckle up, fasten your seatbelts, and get ready to experience the adrenaline-fueled intensity of the Barcelona Grand Prix. From the intense battles on the track to the behind-the-scenes drama, our blog will ensure you don't miss a single moment of this spectacular motorsport extravaganza. Let the countdown begin to an unforgettable weekend of speed, precision, and the pursuit of victory at the Barcelona F1 GP!


The Spanish GP is also the home race for Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, best of luck to them both here!


If you want more information on the teams and drivers, you can read all about them here!

 

JUMP TO:


 

Barcelona Schedule (BST):


Friday 2nd June 2023:

Free Practice 1: 12:30-13:30

Free Practice 2: 16:00-17:00


Saturday 3rd June 2023:

Free Practice 3: 11:30-12:30

Qualifying: 15:00-16:00


Sunday 4th June 2023:

The Race: 14:00

 

About The Track:

  • The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya first held a GP here in 1991.

  • The circuit has 2 DRS zones. The first is between Turn 8 and 9. The second is between Turn 13 and 14. Along with this, there is also a speed trap down the opening straight.

  • The race will have 66 laps of the 4.657km track.

  • Several corners on the track have acquired famous names over the years. Some notable corners include La Caixa, Repsol, Banc Sabadell, Campsa, and the iconic Turn 9, also known as the "Senna Curve," in honour of the late Brazilian racing legend Ayrton Senna.

  • The lap record was set by Daniel Ricciardo in 2018 at 1:18.441.

  • The final chicane in Turn14/15 has been scrapped this year. Having been apart of the track since 2007, it was announced this year that for both safety reasons and attempts to improve racing, the track will return to having two right-hand corners to end the lap.

 

Free Practice Updates:


Free Practice 1 -


Times by Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P16. 1:15.978. Completed 24 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P13. 1:15.906. Completed 24 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P14. 1:15.915. Completed 27 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P4. 1:15.504. Completed 27 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P3. 1:15.418. Completed 28 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P5. 1:15.545. Completed 27 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P6. 1:15.547. Completed 24 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P15. 1:15.939. Completed 25 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P9. 1:15.726. Completed 27 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P8. 1:15.694. Completed 28 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P7. 1:15.689. Completed 22 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg:


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P11. 1:15.783. Completed 25 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P17. 1:16.353. Completed 26 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P12. 1:15.845. Completed 29 laps.

  • George Russell: P10. 1:15.753. Completed 32 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. 1:14.606. Completed 32 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P2. 1:15.374. Completed 32 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P20. 1:16.630. Completed 30 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P19. 1:16.630 Completed 28 laps.


Overall Results of FP1:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

​1:14.606

2

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.768

3

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+0.812

4

Nyck De Vries

ALphaTauri

+0.898

5

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.939

6

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.941

7

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.083

8

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+1.088

9

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+1.120

10

George Russell

Mercedes

+1.147

11

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1.177

12

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+1.239

13

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+1.300

14

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.309

15

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+1.333

16

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1.372

17

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+1.747

18

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1.855

19

Logan SArgeant

Williams

+1.900

20

Alex Albon

Williams

+2.024


Free Practice 2 -


Times by Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P9. 1:14.448. Completed 32 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P13. 1:14.585.. Completed 29 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P17. 1:14.840. Completed 34 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P16. 1:14.785. Completed 33 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P5. 1:14.242. Completed 30 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P10. 1:14.457. Completed 29 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P2. 1:14.077. Completed 30 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P18. 1:15.010. Completed 31 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P7. 1:14.274. Completed 32 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P6. 1:14.246. Completed 32 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P15. 1:14.713. Completed 24 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P3. 1:14.177. Completed 31 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P14. 1:14.694. Completed 30 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P12. 1:14.583. Completed 30 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P11. 1:14.549. Completed 31 laps.

  • George Russell: P8. 1:14.392. Completed 31 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. 1:13.907. Completed 34 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P4. 1:14.219. Completed 30 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P19. 1:15.056. Completed 32 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P20. 1:15.415. Completed 33 laps.


Overall Results of FP2:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:13.907

2

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.170

3

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+0.270

4

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.312

5

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+0.335

6

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+0.339

7

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.367

8

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.485

9

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+0.541

10

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.550

11

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+0.642

12

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+0.676

13

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+0.678

14

Lando Norris

McLaren

+0.787

15

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+0.806

16

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+0.878

17

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTAuri

+0.933

18

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+1.103

19

Alex Albon

Williams

+1.149

20

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+1.508

Free Practice 3 -


Times by Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P8. 1:14.360

  • Zhou Guanyu: P11. 1:14.681. Completed 15 laps,


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P9. 1:14.659. Completed 16 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P12. 1:14.693. Completed 18 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P16. 1:15.266. Completed 15 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P18. 1:15.841. Completed 14 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P5. 1:14.264. Completed 14 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P13. 1:14.756. Completed 14 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P4. 1:14.240. Completed 20 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P7. 1:14.353. Completed 18 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P17. 1:15.534. Completed 12 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P14. 1:14.988. Completed 12 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P10. 1:14.681. Completed 20 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P15. 1:15.105. Completed 17 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P3. 1:14.072. Completed 9 laps.

  • George Russell:P6. 1:14.278. Completed 16 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. 1:13.664. Completed 14 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P2. 1:13.914. Completed 14 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P19. 1:15.851. Completed 13 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P20. 1:16.529. Completed 5 laps.


Overall Results of FP3:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:13.664

2

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.250

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+0.408

4

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.576

5

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.600

6

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.614

7

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+0.689

8

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+0.696

9

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+0.995

10

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1.017

11

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+1.017

12

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.029

13

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+1.092

14

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1.324

15

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+1.441

16

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+1.602

17

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.870

18

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+2.177

19

Alex Albon

Williams

+2.187

20

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+2.865


 

Qualifying Updates:


Eliminated in Q1 -

Charles Leclerc

Logan Sargeant

Alex Albon

Kevin Magnussen

Valtteri Bottas


Eliminated in Q2 -

Yuki Tsunoda

Sergio Perez

Zhou Guanyu

Nyck De Vries

George Russell


Through to Q3 -

Lando Norris

Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton

Carlos Sainz

Fernando Alonso

Lance Stroll

Esteban Ocon

Pierre Gasly

Oscar Piastri

Nico Hulkenberg


OVERALL RESULTS OF QUALIFYING:


*this does not take into account any penalties, final starting grid can be found under 'The Race' section*


The time listed shows the driver's fastest qualifying lap for their respective final qualifying sessions. Blue is for Q3, red is for Q2, and no background colour is Q1. For the driver's times for Q1, Q2, Q3, see below in 'Qualifying Results by Team'.

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:12.272

2

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:12.734

3

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:12.792

4

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

1:12.816

5

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:12.818

6

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:12.994

7

Esteban Ocon

ALpine

1:13.083

8

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

1:13.229

9

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:13.507

10

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

1:13.682

11

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

​1:13.334

12

George Russell

Mercedes

1:13.447

13

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1:13.521

14

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

1:14.083

15

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

1:14.477

16

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

1:13.977

17

Kevin Magussen

Haas

1:14.042

18

Alex Albon

Williams

1:14.063

19

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:14.079

20

Logan Sargeat

Williams

1:14.699


Times by Teams -


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P16. Q1 = 1:13.977

Only a few minutes in and Bottas causes a red flag as he spins and slides through the gravel. He does manage to get out and go back to the pits.

Update: It is believed that the red flag came out due to the amount of gravel on track that has been brought on to it by the 6 cars that have all gone off!

  • Zhou Guanyu: P13. Q1 = 1:13.677. Q2 = 1:13.521.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P15. Q1 = 1:13.862. Q2 = 1:14.477.

Yuki also goes off the track at the same place that Bottas caused a red flag.

  • Nyck De Vries: P14. Q1 = 1:13.581. Q2 = 1:14.083.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P7. Q1 = 1:13.433. Q2 = 1:13.001. Q3 = 1:13.083.

  • Pierre Gasly: P4. Q1 = 1:13.471. Q2 = 1:13.186. Q3 = 1:12.816.

Gasly is under investigation for a double impeding offence against both Sainz and Verstappen.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P9. Q1 = 1:13.747. Q2 = 1:13.098. Q3 = 1:13.507.

  • Lance Stroll: P6. Q1 = 1:13.766. Q2 = 1:13.082. Q3 = 1:12.994.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P2. Q1 = 1:13.411. Q2 = 1:12.790. Q3 = 1:12.734.

  • Charles Leclerc: P19. Q1 = 1:14.079.

This is the first time since 2021 that Leclerc has been out of qualifying in Q1; what's worse for Leclerc and Ferrari fans is the fact that he took pole here last year!


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P17. Q1 = 1:14.042.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P8. Q1 = 1:13.420. Q2 = 1:13.283. Q3 = 1:13.229.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P3. Q1 = 1:13.295. Q2 = 1:12.790. Q3 = 1:12.734.

Norris has managed to be P2 in both Q1 and Q2.

  • Oscar Piastri: P10. Q1 = 1:13.691. Q2 = 1:13.059. Q3 = 1:13.682.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P5. Q1 = 1:12.937. Q2 = 1:12.999. Q3 = 1:12.818.

  • George Russell: P12. Q1 = 1:13.326. Q2 = 1:13.447.

Hamilton and Russell did make contact in Q2, leaving Hamilton's front wing end plate coming off. The extent of the damage of both cars is unknown as of yet. Russell is now under investigation.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. Q1 = 1:13.615. Q2 = 1:12.760. Q3 = 1:12.272.

  • Sergio Perez: P11. Q1 = 1:13.874. Q2 = 1:13.334.

Perez on a flying lap in Q2 ends up on the gravel, almost beaching it, but manages to pull back. This ruins his flying lap but with a minute left, he attempts another.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P18. Q1 = 1:14.063.

  • Logan Sargeant: P20. Q1 = 1:14.699

 

Pre-Race Penalties:

  • Pierre Gasly has been handed 2 x 3 place grid penalty for his two instances of impeding during qualifying. This means his starting position will drop from P4 to P10.

  • Charles Leclerc was given a 15 grid place penalty for the use of an additional power unit element.

  • Both Charles Leclerc and Logan Sargeant are required to have pit lane starts after their cars were modified under Parc Ferme conditions.

 

The Race:


Starting Grid -

Position

Driver

Team

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

2

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

3

Lando Norris

McLaren

4

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

5

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

6

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

8

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

9

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

10

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

11

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

12

George Russell

Mercedes

13

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

14

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

15

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

16

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

17

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

18

Alex Albon

Williams

Pit Lane

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

Pit Lane

Logan Sargeant

Williams

Race Updates -


Lap 1 - Norris makes contact with Hamilton and has damage. Norris has to box for new front wing and hard tyres.

Lap 5 - Race control note Russell leaving the track and gaining an advantage (picking up 5 places on the opening lap).

Lap 6 - Bottas pits for hards.

Lap 8 - Hamilton is able to make the move on Stroll and take P3.

Lap 9 - Race control have decided no further investigation regarding Russell.

Lap 10 - Zhou and De Vries pit.

Lap 11 - Russell is able to overtake Esteban and regain P5.

Lap 14 - Ocon pits for mediums and rejoins P13, losing a couple of places.

Lap 16 - Sainz pits for mediums and comes out P9, with Leclerc in P8. Hamilton and Russell are now P2 and P3.

Lap 17 - Leclerc pits for softs and rejoins P18 and Albon pits for hards.

Lap 18 - Piastri pits for yards and rejoins P16. Sargeant pits for hards and rejoins P20.

Lap 20 - Alonso and Gasly pit for hards. Alonso rejoins P10 and Gasly P16.

Lap 24 - Norris pits for mediums.

Lap 25 - Hamilton pits for mediums and rejoins P5. Magnussen pits hards.

Lap 26 - Russell puts for mediums and rejoins P6.

Lap 27 - Verstappen pits for hards, but with a 30 second lead this is a free pitstop for him and he rejoins P1. Hulkenberg also pits for hards.

Lap 28 - Russell reports rain at Turn 5. Perez pits for hards. Hamilton overtakes Sainz at Turn 1 to take P2. Russell overtakes Stroll to take P4.

Lap 31 - Perez and Alonso battle for P8, but Perez is victorious in this fight.

Lap 32 - Russell is questioning if anyone else reports rain, however he comes to the conclusion it’s just sweat from inside his helmet 😂.

Lap 35 - Russell makes the overtake on Sainz and takes back P3. Stroll pits for bards and rejoins P13.

Lap 36 - Ocon pits for yards and rejoins P13.

Lap 37 - Zhou pits for hards and and rejoins P15.

Lap 39 - Albon pits for mediums and rejoins P19, with Sargeant P20, and De Vries P18.

Lap 40 - Piastri and Gasly pit for mediums and bards respectively and rejoin P13 and P14.

Lap 41 - Bottas pits for hards and rejoins P20.

Lap 42 - Sainz pits hards and rejoins P6. Leclerc pits for for hares and rejoins P14.

Lap 45 - Hulkenberg pits for mediums and rejoins P16. Alonso pits for yards and rejoins P10.

Lap 46 - Russell pits for softs and rejoins P4.

Lap 47 - Verstappen has had 2 warnings for track limits.

Lap 49 - Alonso overtakes Tsunoda to take P8.

Lap 51 - Hamilton pits for sifts and rejoins P2. Perez pits for softs and rejoins P5.

Lap 52 - As Alonso tries to overtake Ocon, there is almost contact between the two as Ocon swerves to the right.

Lap 53 - Perez overtakes Sainz to take P4.

Lap 56 - Zhou attempts the overtake on Tsunoda but Tsunods clings on and pushes Zhou off the track.

Lap 59 - Verstappen is given the black and white flag for track limits as this is the third time he has breached them.

Lap 62 - Tusnoda given a 5 second penalty for his incident with Zhou on Lap 56 and pushing him off the track.

Lap 66 - Verstappen wins the GP having lapped the bottom 7 drivers.


Race Results -

​Position

Driver

Team

Gap

Pit Stops

1

Max Verstappen

​Red Bull

2

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+24.090

2

3

George Russell

Mercedes

+32.389

2

4

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+35.812

2

5

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+45.698

2

6

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+63.320

2

7

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+64.127

2

8

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+69.242

2

9

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+71.878

2

10

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+73.530

2

11

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+74.419

2

12

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+75.416

2

13

Oscar Piastri

​McLaren

+1 Lap

2

14

​Nyck De Vries

Alphatauri

+1 Lap

2

15

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1 Lap

3

16

Alex Albon

Williams

+1 Lap

2

17

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1 Lap

3

18

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1 Lap

3

19

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

​+1 Lap

2

20

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+1 Lap

2


DNFs -

No DNFs this race!


Fastest Lap - Max Verstappen with a 1:16.330


Driver of the Day - Lewis Hamilton

 

Any Other News:

  • 03/06/23: Guenther Steiner (Haas Team Principle) was called to the stewards office for "Alleged breach of articles 12.2.1.c, 12.2.1.f, and 12.2.1.k of the FIA International Sporting Code during a media conference conducted on June 1, 2023.". According to the FIA's sporting code, these articles are as follows:

    1. 12.2.1.c Any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any Competition or to the interests of motor sport generally.

    2. 12.2.1.f Any words, deeds or writings that have caused moral injury or loss to the FIA, its bodies, its members or its executive officers, and more generally on the interest of motorsport and on the values defended by the FIA.

    3. 12.2.1.k Any Misconduct towards, but not limited to: licence-holders, officials, officers or member of the staff of the FIA, members of the staff of the Organiser or promoter, members of the staff of the Competitors, suppliers of products or services to (or contractors or subcontractors to) any of the parties listed above; doping control officials or any other person involved in a doping control carried out in accordance with Appendix A.

In the press conference, Steiner was unreserved about his annoyance regarding Nico Hulkenberg's penalty in Monaco for causing a collision in Lap 1 of the race. One of the comments Steiner makes is that "we get a penalty for what I think is not a collision".

  • 30/05/23: McLaren have announced that they will be signing Red Bull's current chief engineering officer, Rob Marshall who has spent the last 17 years at Red Bull.

 

Championship Standings:


World Constructor Championship

Position

Team

Points

Gap

1

Red Bull

287

2

Mercedes

152

-135

3

Aston Martin

134

-18

4

Ferrari

100

-34

5

Alpine

40

-60

6

McLaren

17

-23

7

Haas

8

-9

8

Alfa Romeo

8

-0

9

AlphaTauri

2

-6

10

Williams

1

-1

World Driver Championship

Position

Driver

Points

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

170

2

Sergio Perez

117

-53

3

Fernando Alonso

99

-18

4

Lewis Hamilton

87

-12

5

George Russell

65

-22

6

Carlos Sainz

58

-7

7

Charles Leclerc

42

-16

8

Lance Stroll

35

-7

9

Esteban Ocon

25

-10

10

Pierre Gasly

15

-10

11

Lando Norris

12

-3

12

Nico Hulkenberg

6

-6

13

Oscar Piastri

5

-1

14

Valtteri Bottas

4

-1

15

Zhou Guanyu

4

-0

16

Yuki Tsunoda

2

-2

17

Kevin Magnussen

2

-0

18

Alex Albon

1

-1

19

Nyck De Vries

0

-1

20

Logan Sargeant

0

-0


 

A Track for THE Track: Barcelona 2023 Playlist:


Music has the power to elevate the racing experience, adding a pulse-pounding rhythm and an extra dose of excitement to the Barcelona F1 GP. As the engines roar and the adrenaline rushes through the veins of both drivers and fans, a carefully curated playlist sets the stage for an unforgettable event. This handpicked selection of songs combines high-energy rock anthems, international hits, and vibrant Hispanic and Spanish tracks, creating a sonic journey that mirrors the intensity and passion of Formula 1. So, buckle up, turn up the volume, and let the music ignite your racing spirit as we dive into the ultimate F1 playlist for the Barcelona GP!


You can listen to the playlist here, or scroll to the bottom of the page and I've embedded it into the post!


  1. "Anti Hero" by Taylor Swift: A song specifically for Fernando Alonso (and no, not because of the dating rumours last month), an ode to his self-proclaimed title in Netflix's 'Drive to Survive'; 'There always has to be good characters and bad ones, and heroes and antiheroes. So, I am on the dark side.'

  2. "Smooth Operator" by Sade: Another song for the second home race driver, Carlos Sainz. Across social media, it is common knowledge that Smooth Operator belongs to only Mr Carlos 'Chilli Pepper' Sainz.

  3. "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen: As the race intensifies, this upbeat and energetic Queen hit captures the exhilaration and adrenaline rush of high-speed racing. Its infectious rhythm and Freddie Mercury's electrifying vocals make it a must-have for any F1 playlist.

  4. "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC: Closing out the playlist with a bang, this classic rock anthem perfectly captures the adrenaline-fueled nature of Formula 1. Its catchy guitar riffs and rebellious attitude encapsulate the thrilling and high-speed nature of the Barcelona GP.

  5. "Andar Conmigo" by Julieta Venegas: This delightful song by Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas is filled with charm and catchy melodies. Its blend of pop and Latin influences will bring a fresh and joyful touch to the Barcelona GP playlist.

  6. "I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar: This classic rock song captures the thrill of speed and the rebellious spirit of racing. Its catchy chorus and driving guitar riffs will have fans singing along as they watch the high-speed action on the track. It's also another nod to home race driver, Carlos Sainz, who races with the number 55.

  7. "Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona: This catchy and upbeat Spanish pop hit will get everyone moving to its infectious rhythm. Its blend of Spanish and English lyrics adds a global touch to the playlist, making it a perfect addition.

  8. "BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53" by Shakira: Released earlier this year, the upbeat instrumental paired with Shakira's addictive voice makes this a perfect song to add to the playlist.

  9. "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" by Lil Nas X: This provocative and genre-blending hit showcases Lil Nas X's unique style. Its bold lyrics and catchy beats will make a statement in the playlist, adding a modern and daring element to the Barcelona GP experience.

  10. "good 4 u" by Olivia Rodrigo: This angsty pop-rock track showcases Olivia Rodrigo's versatility as an artist. Its high-energy and rebellious spirit make it a great addition to the playlist, adding a modern edge to the Barcelona GP experience.


What other songs would you include?


17 views

Recent Posts

See All

Commentaires


bottom of page