Our Engineer's Lowdown series heads to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Stoffel's Race Engineer, Tom Stallard explains how the newly resurfaced track effects grip, which corners are most challenging, and how it feels to be in Spain for Fernando's home race.
|Braking||There are eight braking events around the lap, but only two significant stops – into Turns One and 10. Turn One is the most severe corner for the brakes, with the cars scrubbing off 215km/h (134mph) in just 100m/0.0621 miles, which subjects the drivers to 5.6g.|
|Power units||The cars use 1.7kg of fuel per lap, which is average for the season. It’s quite a demanding race for the ERS as well because there are two long periods of full deployment.|
|Aero||After running a low downforce configuration in Baku, it’s back to maximum downforce in Barcelona. The eclectic mix of corners, particularly the slow-speed chicanes in Sector Three, mean the best lap times are achieved by maximising cornering performance.|
|Gaming||The fastest lap during winter testing was 2.0s quicker than Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 pole position time, so it’s clear that the cars will be lapping at record pace this year. That will place the tyres under increased stress, so the winning driver will most likely be the most intelligent driver, who looks after his tyres through the fast corners.|