Unlike the current Grand Prix season, the 1969 World Championship proved to be a somewhat more predictable affair.
An unseasonal cold spell broken, a sodden and wintry base is revealed, as the snow in Ireland and the UK peels away feebly. Motorsport tends not to happen in these conditions.
When Karl Jochen Rindt's Lotus 72 ploughed head-on into the guardrail at Monza's fast, sweeping Parabolica, motor racing was robbed of one of its most outstanding talents. At 28, the exuberant Austrian was to become Formula 1's first - and thankfully only - posthumous world Champion.
When the first race at Montjuïc Circuit took place in 1933, the Catalonia region had already experienced a good deal of either Grand Prix or Sportscar racing events.