Sport Spanish Grand Prix LIVE: Max Verstappen overtakes pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton on lap one
Pressure building on Red Bull at Portimao after Hamilton's Imola escape
Lewis Hamilton came second at Imola despite an awful crash, ensuring he again leads the standings heading to Portimao.Superstar Max Verstappen has finished second and first over the opening two weeks, yet he still trails Lewis Hamilton by a point. Mercedes are also on top again in the constructors' championship, seven points clear even after Valtteri Bottas crashed out of the epic Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Spanish Grand Prix LIVE updates
- Lewis Hamilton starts on pole after topping qualifying for 100th time on Saturday
- Max Verstappen overtakes Hamilton at first corner as Valtteri Bottas loses spot to Charles Leclerc
- Hamilton has won last four successive Spanish Grands Prix
- Briton leads Verstappen by eight points in Drivers' Championship after three races
Lap 8: Yellow flags in sectors two and three, as AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda runs out of power. Here comes the safety car.
Lap 6: Bottas is chasing behind Leclerc as he looks to take back third, though the Ferrari driver is keeping him at arm's length for now.
Spanish Grand Prix 2021: Time, TV channel, live stream, grid
After the events of Portimao, it is straight on to the Spanish Grand Prix. Here is all the key information about round four of the 2021 season.Comparatively easy logistically to move on from neighbouring Portugal in the space of a few days, the Circuit de Catalunya just outside Barcelona stages round four of the campaign.
Hamilton is taking chunks out of Verstappen's lead meanwhile having set the fastest lap, but he's still 1.3s behind.
AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly is meanwhile under investigation for being out of position at the start of the race. A penalty appears imminent.
LIGHTS OUT! We are underway in Barcelona and Verstappen overtakes Hamilton into the first corner down the inside!
It's a brilliant move from the Dutchman as Hamilton narrowly avoids contact with his rival.
By the end of the first lap Verstappen has opened up a tidy gap already, with the Briton 1.5s behind him heading into Turn 1.
Behind the front two, Leclerc moves ahead of Bottas into third while Ricciardo and Perez have both moved up two positions to sit fifth and sixth respectively.
Max Verstappen backed to win Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes title fight by making one change
Max Verstappen currently sits eight points adrift of Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship standings.Hamilton was pipped to pole by team-mate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying, and slipped to third with seven laps gone at Portimao with Verstappen sneaking ahead at the safety car restart.
1.58pm: Here we go then! The formation lap is underway and any moment now we'll be lights out.
The run down to the first corner could well define the race. Twenty seven of the 30 races here have been won by a car on the first row.
But will it be Verstappen or Hamilton who are victorious today? Or could Bottas or a non-Mercedes or Red Bull driver snatch a win? We'll soon find out.
1.40pm: Hamilton and Bottas will both start on soft tyres instead of the medium compounds for this afternoon's race.
Mercedes often use mediums to start races on to give them greater strategic flexibility in races. But all of the top 10 are sporting the yellow-walled rubber in Catalonia.
And Bottas explained: "Here, the track position is pretty important, so just didn't want to lose any ground at the race start - that's the main thing."
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While Hamilton said: "It's 600m down to Turn 1 so six metres difference [in grip of the line] between the tyres, there's no advantage.
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Lewis Hamilton dedicated his record-breaking 100th career pole position to his Mercedes team, insisting it is "down to the men and women" back in the factory that he can continue to break the mould in Formula One.The Briton's 1:16.741 lap saw him take first place for Sunday's race ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen with team-mate Valtteri Bottas starting in third.
"Especially if you do happen to get the medium in position and the car behind is on a soft, for example, and they box - [your team will] pull you in anyway.
"So then you don't have the benefit [of the mediums being more durable] and you've just given up extra opportunity. So that's why."
1.25pm: A few spots of light rain reports McLaren's Lando Norris in Barcelona as we approach the race start.
It's expected it'll stay relatively dry throughout the race but that there'll be plenty of wind for the drivers to contend with.
1.20pm: Verstappen is meanwhile confident Red Bull again have the pace to take the fight to the two Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas this afternoon.
He declared yesterday: "We'll of course give it our best, but first we need a good start and it's a long way to Turn 1 as well so we'll see what happens there.
"We'll need decent pace in the race, which I think we have.
"If it's enough to beat them [Mercedes] I don't know but hopefully it will be as close as it was today.
Hamilton "made sure" to give Verstappen space at first corner of Spanish GP
Lewis Hamilton says he "made sure" to give Max Verstappen room when the Red Bull driver attacked him for the lead at Turn 1 of Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix.At the start of the race that Hamilton went on to win, the pair came very close to touching as Verstappen aggressively remained on the racing line heading into the second corner, having forced his way to Hamilton's inside on the long run down to Turn 1 at Barcelona.
"Our worst starts this season were still pretty decent, so I think that's a good improvement over last year.
"I hope we can have a good one tomorrow. A front-row start, a lot of opportunities, so I hope we can have a good race."
1pm: Hamilton says Red Bull's threat cannot be discounted although he starts at the front of the grid when the lights go out.
"It's the goal to get on the front row and be first," the pole-sitter said.
"It's 600 metres down to Turn 1, there's often a headwind and it means the guys get to drag you, which is really difficult.
"The Red Bulls are really fast on the straights. They have this bendy wing on the back of their car which they put on today and they gained at least three tenths from this wing.
"So they will be quicker down the straights than us and it will be hard to keep them behind, but that doesn't mean it will be impossible.
"Timing and rhythm will be everything tomorrow."
12.45pm: Good afternoon and welcome to Express Sport's coverage of the Spanish Grand Prix!
Lewis Hamilton took his 100th Formula One pole in qualifying yesterday, beating Max Verstappen by 0.036s.
That means the battle between the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who starts in third, and the Red Bull of Verstappen is to be tightly poised once more.
The Dutchman comes into this race just eight points behind Hamilton in the Drivers' Standings although his team-mate Sergio Perez starts down in eighth, which won't help his chances of tactically outthinking the Silver Arrows.
The starting grid is as follows...
1st: Hamilton, 2nd: Verstappen, 3rd: Bottas, 4th: Leclerc, 5th: Ocon, 6th: Sainz, 7th: Ricciardo, 8th: Perez, 9th: Norris, 10th: Alonso, 11th: Stroll, 12th: Gasly, 13th: Vettel, 14th: Giovinazzi, 15th: Russell, 16th: Tsunoda, 17th: Raikkonen, 18th: Schumacher, 19th: Latifi, 20th: Mazepin
The race gets underway at 2pm UK time but stayed tuned for pre-race updates.
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