The 2013 Spanish GP preview: Everything you need to know about Sunday's race!

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By William Esler.   Last Updated: 08/05/13 3:46pm

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After a thrilling start to the season during the first four flyaway races, Formula 1 returns to its spiritual heartland of Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Traditionally this is the race where teams bring major upgrade packages to the track, whilst the layout of the Circuit de Catalunya will give the cars a thorough aerodynamic examination.

Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the first European grand prix weekend of the season, from Anthony Davidson's corner-by-corner video lap, to the Catalunya formbook and details of Sky Sports F1's live TV coverage.

THE 2013 SPANISH GP IN A NUTSHELL
Track: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Permanent circuit.

Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday (2pm local).

Laps: 66.

Track length: 3 miles.

Tyres: Medium (white) and Hard (orange).

DRS Zones: Two (Pit Straight and between turns nine and ten).

Driver steward: Alan Jones.

Lap record: Kimi Raikkonen - 1:21.670 (Ferrari; 2008).

2012 pole: Pastor Maldonado - 1:22.707 (Williams).

FORM GUIDE
Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver in the history of the Spanish Grand Prix with six victories - 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Only three other drivers have won more than one race at the Circuit de Catalunya - Mika Hakkinen (three), Nigel Mansell (two) and Kimi Raikkonen (two).

Ferrari are the most successful team picking up the Constructors' trophy on 11 occasions in Spain, with seven of those victories coming at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Pastor Maldonado celebrates his 2012 victory with Frank Williams

2012 result: 1. Pastor Maldonado (Williams); 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 3. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 4. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 5. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber); 6. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 7. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 8. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 9. Jenson Button (McLaren); 10. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India).

Last five winners: 2012: Pastor Maldonado (Williams); 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2010: Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2009: Jenson Button (Brawn); 2008: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Hard and medium tyres will be used in Spain

TYRE ALLOCATION
Pirelli have decided to change the construction of their hard compound ahead of the race in Barcelona, introducing a more durable tyre with similar characteristics to the 2012 rubber.

Due to the high lateral load placed on the tyres on the demanding circuit, the orange-marked hard will be coupled with the white marked medium, thus meaning there is no full step between the compounds.

BARCELONA ODDS
After a dominant performance in Bahrain, Sebastian Vettel is once again favourite for pole (5/4) and victory (2/1) in Spain with Sky Bet.

In the mood for a flutter? Well, here are some further selected Sky Bet odds for the weekend:
Winning team - McLaren (12/1)
Pole position - Mark Webber (15/2).
Race Winner - Lewis Hamilton (14/1).
Podium Finish - Pastor Maldonado (50/1).
Fastest lap - Romain Grosjean (16/1).
Hat-trick (win, pole, fastest lap) - Sebastian Vettel (8/1).
Lap One Leader - Jenson Button (66/1).
First Retirement - Max Chilton (12/1).
Race Winning Margin - Over 6 seconds (5/6).

SKY SPORTS F1's SCHEDULE
Tuesday May 7
9pm - Classic Races - 1994 Spanish GP (Highlights).
9:45pm - Classic Races - 1996 Spanish GP (Highlights).
10:30pm - Classic Races - 1983 United States GP West (Long Beach) (Highlights).

Wednesday May 8
8:00pm - Classic Races - 2011 Spanish GP.
10:30pm - Classic Races - 1983 French GP (Highlights).

Thursday May 9
2pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
5:45pm - Gear up for Spain.
8:00pm - 2012 Spanish GP.
9:30pm - Classic Races - 1983 San Marino GP (Highlights).
10:30pm - Classic Races - 1983 Monaco GP (Highlights).

Friday May 10
8:45am - Spanish GP Practice One - Live!
10:50am - GP2 Practice - Live!
12:45pm - Spanish GP Practice Two - Live!
2:50pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
4:15pm - Team Principals' Press Conference
5pm - The F1 Show - Live!

Saturday May 11
8:40am - GP3 Qualifying - Live!
9:45am - Spanish GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm - Spanish GP Qualifying - Live!
2:35pm - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
4:15pm - GP3 Feature Race - Live!
6pm - Classic Races - 1994 Spanish GP (Highlights).
6:45pm - Classic Races - 1996 Spanish GP (Highlights).
7:30pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
8pm - Spanish GP Qualifying Replay.

Sunday May 12
8:20am - GP3 Sprint Race - Live!
9:30am - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
11:30am - The 2013 Spanish GP - Live!
4pm - Architects of F1 - Max Mosely.
5pm - GP3 Sprint Race Replay.
5:55pm - GP2 Sprint Race Replay.
7pm - Spanish GP Highlights.
8:30pm - Ted's Race Notebook.
8:45pm - Classic Races - 2011 Spanish GP.

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