The Spanish Grand Prix hasn’t quite seen a rhyme or reason to its winners over the last decade.
There have been 10 different winners in as many years, from five different teams: Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams and Brawn.
And a handful of those winners have interesting stories:
- 2016: Max Verstappen, Red Bull-TAG Heuer: First career win, youngest winner in history (18 years old)
- 2015: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes: Only Spanish G.P. win in 11 attempts
- 2014: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes: Only Spanish G.P. win in 10 attempts
- 2013: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari: His last win for Ferrari and his most recent career win (74 Grands Prix ago)
- 2012: Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Renault: First and only career win, the most recent for Williams and the last for the Williams-Renault combination
- 2011: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault: Only Spanish G.P. win in nine attempts
- 2010: Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault: Only Spanish G.P. win in 12 attempts
- 2009: Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes: Only Spanish G.P. win in 17 attempts
- 2008: Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari: His most recent career win from pole (131 Grands Prix ago)
- 2007: Felipe Massa, Ferrari: First time he won back-to-back races in his career (Bahrain 2007)
So who will take this year’s race? It remains to be seen, but a Valtteri Bottas win would extend the run to 11 in 11 years. Daniel Ricciardo could do the same. But likely, the streak will end if Hamilton or Vettel is back on top.
The Spanish Grand Prix runs from 8 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, on NBCSN, with pre-race coverage beginning an hour earlier at 7 a.m. ET.