If you watched Nico Rosberg win the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix on 10th May, you will concur that it was an emotional affair. This is considering the fact that the German has been struggling for his best form since the beginning of the season at Melbourne.
It was a sporting event that has enhanced the fortunes of Formula One by instilling more competition and thrill. While this is one of the most outstanding aspects of this year’s action at Circuit de Cataluña, the history of this Grand Prix will excite you even more.
If you are an F1 diehard, you do appreciate the importance of such a background; it helps you enjoy more from every race. Here are some of these highlights:
1. 1913: This year forms the origin of the Spanish GP as you know it today. On your way to Valladolid near Madrid, organizers set up a 300-kilometer circuit that features racing under touring cars rules.
2. 1923, Sitges-Terramar circuit: This new circuit became the site of the 1923 Spanish GP and with financial difficulties a few years later the race moved to Lasarte.
3. Formula One Proper: The differences between Madrid and Barcelona helped revive racing in Spain with Pedralbes circuit becoming the site of the World Championship F1 race in 1951.
4. Jarama vs. Montjuic Park Rivalry: The 1960s and 70s featured increased rivalry between the two circuits in Barcelona and Madrid. Big names such as Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart were racing on these tracks thus increasing popularity of the Spanish GP. Montjuic Park was abandoned after a 1975 tragedy and Jarama dominated with James Hunt, Gilles Villeneuve among other F1 legends starring.
5. Jerez, 1985-1991: After the mayor of Jerez built the popular Circuito Permanente de Jerez, racing shifted South near Seville. Racing over the next 6 years featured amazing battles between more F1 legends such as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mansell among others.
6. Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, 1991 to date: This amazing circuit still hosts Spanish GP to date where Michael Schumacher still holds the record of six wins.
Fernando Alonso is credited with much of the success enjoyed by the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona as a home boy. He has also won twice on this track in 2006 and 2013. Other multiple winners of the Spanish Grand Prix include Louis Chiron, Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Mika Hakkinen, all with three wins.