He resigned with Ferrari once again in 2013 from Lotus and is currently with them. In 1961, there was a contention of sorts as to the proposed new site for the construction of a circuit between the cities Madrid and Barcelona. Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel during practice. He was uncomfortable in the car at Barcelona, and struggled with the tyres in qualifying once again, which meant he was beaten to pole by team mate Valtteri Bottas for the third time in a row. A real shame for all concerned. Wolff confirms Mercedes have stopped developing the W11 as Silver Arrows shift focus to 2021. That advantage swells to 46 points – almost two race victories – when you look for the next non-Mercedes driver. So they will leave Spain knowing they could have had a bigger points haul that could make all the difference come the final tallies. George Russell leads Valtteri Bottas during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Most Spanish Grand Prix winners have seen this amazing track as it is today. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. His getaway was brilliant, snatching a place to take third and put him in the box seat to secure his second podium of the season – and first since Australia. Verstappen raced for Team Red Bull with whom he has recently signed prior to this race. Vettel behind, on the speedier medium compound, was faster than Leclerc. That said, for a few blissful moments at the start, as he pulled alongside the two Mercedes to challenge for the lead, there was a glimmer of hope that Vettel’s positivity would be rewarded. Vettel briefly had his nose in the lead before losing position. He and race winner Max Verstappen managed to maintain the lead throughout the race. If this season has proved anything, it’s crucial that you take your opportunities when they present themselves. The 2020 Spanish Grand Prix has been cancelled, at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in style, Spanish Grand Prix – Racing Track History, 1954, 1974, 1981, 1990, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013, 1975, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 1980, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2012.

He struggled for performance in the early part of the race, but strong pit stops – the team managed the two quickest of the race – and some bold passing opened the door for his second successive points finish.


It was a commanding performance in the race, the Briton snatching the lead at the start and from there, he never looked back. Vettel was soon stripped of his title of the youngest racer to win a Grand Prix Championship by Verstappen whom he is said to have congratulated on this feat. He first signed with Ferrari in 2007 which then saw him win his first Formula 1 World Driver Championships. Scuderia Ferrari may have cost this German the lead in the 2016 Circuit De Catalunya owing to extra pitting and tyre changes that broke formation in the last minutes of the race. His Ferrari team gained him the lead by reducing number of pit stops to two instead of three as was the case with Ferrari and Red Bull. By the early nineties, Catalunya became the official site for a new state of the art Circuit De Catalunya that has hosted several world championships to date. "I knew that Valterri would brake super-deep, so it wasn't a replay of what happened in Baku.". Leclerc, 21, asked.

Plenty, then, to be happy about. He comes from the Netherlands and at the end of the race the Dutch Prime minister called to congratulate him. Vettel is now 48 points behind Hamilton after just five rounds. Hamilton quickly rebuilt his lead at the front once racing resumed. WATCH: First lap chaos and Mansell takes out Senna – 5 shocking Portuguese GP moments, Still a lot more to come from ‘maturing’ Verstappen, says Red Bull boss Horner, WATCH: Highlights of Ayrton Senna's first F1 victory in the spectacular 1985 Portuguese GP. Lewis Hamilton has expressed in the past his admiration for Ferrari and in the paddock of the Spanish Grand Prix … British teenager Lando Norris crashed with Lance Stroll which saw the introduction of a safety car with 20 laps to run. The Baix Penedes circuit was the first known venue for the earliest tournament. Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in fourth, with team-mate Charles Leclerc fifth. Hamilton, Formula One's fastest-ever man over one lap, will have been irked by the margin of his defeat to Bottas in the shootout for pole position. Anticipation of the opening of race events there must have been high because races occurred on the same day the track was open to the public. Hamilton moves back to the top of the 2019 Drivers' Championship with his third victory of the season as Mercedes cemented their advantage over Ferrari with fifth straight one-two finish, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Hamilton crosses the line to win the Spanish Grand Prix. Even so, Max Verstappen has excelled himself in all five races to finish in the top four each time. It was called the Sitges Terramar oval. Max Verstappen is the youngest racer to win a Grand Prix and this was in the 2016 edition of the Circuit de Catalunya. Red bull Racing and Tag Heur were on standby to provide the needed pit support for the Dutch racer. Impressively, he has never finished lower than ninth in five Spanish Grand Prix starts.

Instead he ended up ninth – maintaining his record of never having finished higher than ninth for Toro Rosso – he has 12 points finishes in either ninth or 10th. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Leclerc stopped on lap 26, but curiously was put on the harder tyre. Quite simply, Racing Point didn’t have the pace to challenge for points this weekend, with Sergio Perez finishing a distant 15th while Lance Stroll retired after a collision with Norris. This seasoned Formula 1 racer came in behind Verstappen to secure second place in the race backed by Ferrari’s two time pit stopping strategy. Bottas has secured the last three pole positions. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts.

Lewis Hamilton is back in charge of the world championship after a superb start fired him to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel flat-spotted his tyres in Turn One and started to hold up teammate Leclerc. Bottas celebrates taking pole position in Barcelona. The trouble was, the Mercedes upgrade was better. It was called the Sitges Terramar oval. Vettel was quick out of the blocks, too, switching to the outside of the Mercedes pair, with Bottas in a Ferrari-Hamilton sandwich. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
A crash between Lando Norris and Lance Stroll brought out the safety car for a number of laps. Hamilton hold up his race-winners trophy.
Thoughts of setting up a semi permanent structure began creeping into the heads of those involved as early as 1922.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 1:35:50.443, 11. "What is going on with these tyres?" In taking victory, he became the first driver to take a hat-trick of Spanish Grand Prix wins since Michael Schumacher won four in a row from 2001. Hamilton was handed a rare thrashing by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday, but the British star returned to his notorious best, winning at a canter. That’s a legitimate question after they took their fifth successive one-two at a canter to maintain their staggering 100% record in 2019. The mechanics thought Alex Albon was pitting first. There are still 16 races to go, so it’s by no means over yet, but it will take a monumental effort. Not the end of the world, given just 10 points separate fourth to eighth – but not ideal. And yet he leaves the first European race of the season with another victory – his third of the season – and the championship lead. But any advantage he might have had was wiped out when Norris biffed Stroll at the second bend. Verstappen then sailed around the outside of the German at the next corner. Thoughts of setting up a semi permanent structure began creeping into the heads of those involved as early as 1922. But then the German locked up, flat-spotted his tyre and came back on track in such a way that his team mate Charles Leclerc – who was set to steal third - was forced to yield and dropped to fifth. But Renault should not be struggling to get into the points – and yet that is what happened in Spain. And he also picked up a bonus point for fastest lap – his first of the season – to give him a seven-point cushion on Bottas. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. First place in the Race day (date Three) of the Circuit De Catalunya may perhaps spell future success in future races for the 18 year old if they adhere to the winning formula. The Italian must be wondering what he has got to do to get some luck. He struggled for performance in the early part of the race, but … Frick Armangue, a racer at the time, came up with the idea of securing an enclosed circuit with fans lining the peripheries of the track because of the risk factor that must have been involved in racing on normal roads as it was originally done. Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix results will be posted here in May and fans are hoping that this season their teams and drivers will have learnt from the successes and failures of both the qualifying and race rounds of the event. But unfortunately, a radio miscommunication that led to a terrible pit stop meant they were unable to convert it. The victory sends Hamilton back to the top of the drivers' championship. ...moving the No 2 Ferrari driver up to fourth place. Another race, another humbling defeat for the Scuderia in a season that had offered so much promise in pre-season. Vettel went for glory, but locked up in the braking zone and ran off the track. Max Verstappen's Red Bull is wheeled into the garafe. The upcoming two-day in-season test – the second and last of the year – comes at a good time, with teams afforded rare track time to analyse what happened In Barcelona and work out some fixes. This season is not panning out how Renault will have expected. The ensuing safety car effectively afforded all the drivers a free stop, leaving Ferrari no option but to bring in Leclerc for a second time.

But Hamilton remained in complete control, taking the chequered flag ahead of Bottas as Mercedes secured their fifth consecutive one-two. Earlier attempts of racing cars had already happened in 1908 but it was the 1913 races that kick started the Spanish Grand Prix. Who will win the fascinating race for P4 in the drivers' championship this season? That said, they finally stopped the rot of three races without points. The lack of points meant they dropped behind Haas in the constructors’ championship, one point clear of Renault. Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. That may well have been the case in Barcelona, but it hasn’t consistently been so this year. Haas will know that all too well from last year, too. Hamilton holds up his helmet as he celebrates his victory. The win was Hamilton's third race victory of the season. For one team, the trophy cabinet needed reorganising to find yet more space, while for others it was back to the drawing board after a testing weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Unsurprisingly, he converted. Last year’s race also saw the crowning of a new world Champion in the form of Dutchman Verstappen who broke second runner up Vettel’s record of being the youngest driver to win a World Championship.

Vettel ran wide as Hamilton passed Bottas to take the lead. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Moments later, Vettel stopped for a second time, with Ferrari perhaps hoping Leclerc may be able to make it to the end.

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