Laps: 66 laps
Start time: 14:00hrs local / 13:00 BST
Pole position is located on the left side of the track, on the racing line. There is more grip available there, but it’s the longest run to Turn One of the season and a lot can change during that initial 730-metre sprint.
There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and 10.
Don't put the kettle on...
Last year’s race was won using a two-stop strategy (laps 12 and 34), while Sebastian Vettel was the first three-stopper home in third place. How will this year’s more durable tyre compounds affect strategy? If it’s another one-stop race, expect cars to pit from lap 25 onwards.
330m/0.205 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 21s, which is relatively short.
37 per cent, which is low. If there is a Safety Car, it usually comes on lap one when drivers are jostling for position – as was the case last year, when both Mercedes collided.
Watch out for...
Turn Nine. This 210km/h (130mph) right-hander rises over a crest, meaning the car becomes light just as the drivers are re-applying the power ahead of the long straight down to Turn 10. There were several high-speed spins at this corner during winter testing; expect more drama this weekend.
What makes this race interesting...
The undulations add flavour, particularly the blind exits of Turns Three and Nine, and the unpredictability of strategy will keep all of the teams on their toes. The most effective race tyre will be the yellow Soft compound, but the rules force the drivers to use either the Medium or the Hard compound as well, and that’s when it could get interesting.