Formula One returns to its European heartland for Round 5 of what is shaping into a vintage season: six champions on the grid, four winners from four races, and a double-podium for Lotus last time out.
A city with its finger firmly on the pulse, Barcelona has always embraced bold design and all things new. So it’s fitting the Catalan capital should be the catwalk for F1’s cross-team major 2012 aero upgrades.
Remember that iconic image of Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna racing down a straight, wheel-to-wheel, sparks flying from behind as the cars grazed the tarmac? That photograph, emblazoned on millions of pre-teen boys birthday cards, was shot right here at the Circuit de Catalunya.
And, in case you’re interested, it was Senna who chickened out.