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See you in Monaco next week
To find out if Charles Leclerc will finally overcome the curse at home.
66/66: VICTORY FOR VERSTAPPEN!
After the retirement of Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen triumphs in Barcelona and signs his third consecutive victory. 25 additional points that allow him to be the leader in the drivers’ standings, six points ahead of Leclerc.
The good day is for Red Bull as Sergio Pérez is second, ahead of George Russell, Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton.
65/66: problems for Mercedes
Both drivers ran out of fuel and Hamilton was overtaken by Sainz! Russell is in danger, while you have to have at least a liter of gasoline in the tank.
63/66: Pass three approaches for Verstappen
The Dutchman takes off for the third consecutive success, after Imola and Miami.
58/66: three-way match for 4th place
Sainz manages to contain Hamilton, who overtook Bottas for 5th place.
57/66: the two Alpines in the points
Ocon (7th) and Alonso (9th) are in the top 10 and are contributing points to Alpine at the moment. For his part, Pierre Gasly (14th) remains out of the points.
56/66: Perez’s fast lap
The perfect weekend looms for Red Bull, as Pérez sets the fastest lap in 1’24″108.
54/66: Russell back on the podium
Good overtaking by Russell, who overtook Bottas. After his pit stop, Pérez remains ahead of the Briton in second position.
51/66: Hamilton passes Ocon
Fastest lap for Hamilton, who doubles Ocon in 6th place.
49/66: Verstappen takes the lead
As expected, Verstappen overtook his teammate with 17 laps to go in this GP. Russell remains third.
48/66: Verstappen closes in
At Red Bull, everything is backed by the world champion, who should overtake Pérez on the instructions of his team. The Mexican settles for a resigned “ok”.
45/66: Verstappen in the pits
Very quick stop by the world champion, who starts behind his teammate Pérez but ahead of Russell.
41/66: Verstappen makes a big move
Leader of the race with a 15-second lead, the world champion is now back at the head of the drivers’ standings, with a seven-point lead over Leclerc.
Leclerc at the Canal+ microphone: “It hurts”
“I lost engine power. I had to stop because there was a problem. It hurts but there are positive things. We showed that we were fast. It happens, from the beginning we didn’t have any problem. the championships. I hope to finish this GP at home”.
38/66: Pérez in the pits, Verstappen in the lead!
Predictably, Pérez charged, letting Verstappen take the lead. Good comeback for Hamilton, 6th after his setbacks at the start of the race.
37/66: Russell’s second save
Verstappen overtakes him without DRS, but the Briton has new (medium) tyres.
36/66: Perez flies away
The Mexican is 5 seconds ahead of Russell, himself ahead of Verstappen, who set the fastest lap.
34/66: Alonso in the points
Starting last, Fernando Alonso is currently 10th halfway through the race.
33/66: 5 second penalty for Gasly
The Frenchman was sanctioned after a clash with Stroll.
32/66: Perez takes the lead
Magnificent overtaking by Pérez, who overtook Russell and took control.
30/66: The new top 5, with Russell in the lead
A Mercedes in the lead this season is unprecedented.
27/66: Leclerc in slow motion must surrender!
The Monegasque loses power and must surrender! Russell takes the lead!
What cruelty for Leclerc, who calmly led the GP. He could lose a lot in the drivers’ standings as he was 19 points ahead of Verstappen.
26/66: lap record for Leclerc
The perfect race continues for the Ferrari driver, who recovers the best time.
24/66: the duel for second place!
While we think the maneuver won for Verstappen, Russell held his own very well and came second! It was hot!
23/66: Verstappen still unable to do it
The Dutchman gets angry after several attempts to overtake Russell, who stays ahead of the Red Bull driver, 3rd.
21/66: Fast lap for Pérez, Leclerc in the pits
2.2 stops for Leclerc, who started less than 6 seconds ahead of Russell, on medium tyres.
18/66: Perez in the pits
The penultimate driver to stop, Sergio Pérez came out behind Russell and Verstappen, who was still having problems with his DRS. Leclerc is still alone, with a 30-second lead. He is the last driver who did not pit.
15/66: It continues without stopping for Leclerc
The Monegasque trusts his red tires and remains 15 seconds ahead of Pérez, who does not brake either.
14/66: Verstappen and Russell whistle
Red Bull is faster in the pits, but the Dutchman remains behind (5th) the Briton (4th).
12/66: Russell’s engine overheats
The Mercedes driver has warned his team, while the Red Bulls are lurking behind. Clarles Leclerc remains alone in front, while pit stops are numerous at the start of the race.
11/66: Verstappen overtakes Perez
The instruction is clear in Red Bull, priority for the world champion, now 3rd ahead of his partner.
8/66: Verstappen makes a mistake!
The world champion leaves the track from the same place as Sainz! Bad operation for Verstappen who started 4th. On his radio it indicates that there is a gust of wind. George Russell is now second, battling with Perez.
7/66: Sainz in the gravel pit
The Ferrari driver emerges quickly but falls to 11th place. The clash with Tsunoda was not far away, but the Japanese anticipated it.
7/66: Good recovery for Alonso
Starting on the last row after his engine change, the Spaniard fights with Vettel for 13th place. The crowd rises after the play.
6/66: Leclerc maintains his lead
He is 1″2 ahead of Verstappen and 4″ ahead of Russell.
5/66: Top 6 at the start of the race
Ocon (Alpine) is 8th, Gasly (AlphaTauri) is 12
1/66: Collision between Magnussen and Hamilton
The Haas driver went off the track when Hamilton punctured! The Briton is 19th and has to go to the pits.
HE’S ON THE MOVE FOR THIS SPANISH GP!
Charles Leclerc closes the door on Max Verstappen and takes the lead. Bad start for Sainz, who slides to 5th place.
Let’s go for the formation lap
The fight promises to be intense in scorching heat. Hamilton is the only driver with yellow rubber, the others have red rubber. Only Leclerc has new tires.
What about Mercedes?
In trouble since the start of the season, will Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s Mercedes be able to take a hit in Barcelona? The seven-time world champion gave some clues.
“I don’t see myself as the leader. George and I work very hard to help the team. But it is true that you learn more about yourself in adversity and in difficult times. You always have to try to stay positive. And I wouldn’t say that I learned particularly this time because my experience from the past has already helped me a lot. I would say that I am reassured by the fact that I am still mentally strong and that I still love what I do. I like a challenge, even if I am not fighting for victory, and I want to help the team improve the car and chase those who are currently in front of us,” Hamilton explained, in statements broadcast by Nextgen Auto.
Towards a third consecutive victory for Verstappen?
Winner at Imola and Miami, the world champion can close in on Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ standings. The Monegasque will start ahead of him this Sunday.
How is the circuit?
The drivers will complete 66 laps of 4,675 km. With more than 500 meters between the starting grid and the first corner.
The often successful poleman
In 31 editions of the Spanish GP held in Catalonia, the driver who started from pole position has won 23 times.
Lewis Hamilton has won the last five editions and has 6 successes in Barcelona, tied with Michael Schumacher.
Carlos Sainz warms up the public
A great sun is present in Barcelona. The heat is there and the temperature is around 50°C on the track.
Alonso, forced to change engine, will start from the bottom of the grid
Spaniard Fernando Alonso, forced to change engines again, will start from the back of the grid during the Formula 1 Spanish GP, his alpine team announced on Sunday.
“This will be his fourth engine change of the season, which will incur a grid penalty,” the French manufacturer said. In his field, Alonso qualified on Saturday in 17th position.
Charles Leclerc on pole, ahead of Verstappen
The two leaders of the drivers’ classification will occupy the first two places on the grid, while the Mercedes of George Russell (4th) and Lewis Hamilton (6th) will try to move up.
Drivers’ standings after 5 races
1. Charles Leclerc (MON) 104 points
2. Max Verstappen (NED) 85
3. Sergio Perez (MEX) 66
4. George Russell (GBR) 59
5. Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP) 53
6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 36
7. Lando Norris (GBR) 35
8. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 30
9. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 24
10. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 15
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) 11
12. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 10
13. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 6
14. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 4
15. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 4
16. Alexander Albon (THA) 2
17. Zhou Guanyu (CHN) 1
18. Spear Walk (CAN) 1
19. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0
20. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) 0
21. Nicolas Latifi (CAN) 0