Spanish GP (2019)

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Mercedes: Bottas' slow start likely down to grip, not clutch

Mercedes believes the poor start that Valtteri Bottas felt cost him victory in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix was caused by a lack of grip, not a car problem.

Bottas quickest by 1.4s on first day of Barcelona F1 test

Valtteri Bottas topped the first day of the Barcelona Formula 1 test with a laptime just a tenth of a second slower than his Spanish Grand Prix pole position mark.

Verstappen "phenomenal" since "selecting another gear" - Horner

Max Verstappen’s performances in Formula 1 have been “phenomenal” since he “selected another gear” after last year’s Monaco Grand Prix, his Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes.

Ferrari believes it used team orders at "the right moment"

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto believes team orders were deployed at "the right moment" in the Spanish Grand Prix and doubts there was reason to swap its drivers earlier.

Ricciardo: Renault "underachieved" in Spanish GP

Daniel Ricciardo says Renault "underachieved" in Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix by failing to score any points.

Spanish Grand Prix driver ratings

It was another Mercedes 1-2 in Spain, but one man stood out with a flawless performance that earns him a perfect score

Why Bottas's defeat was more than just a bad start

Valtteri Bottas looked unstoppable heading into the Spanish Grand Prix race day, but ended up defeated. Though he put it down to a mischievous clutch and bad start, there was more to it than that

Verstappen: No corner where Red Bull was beating Mercedes

Max Verstappen believes Red Bull’s car is “not really better in any corner than Mercedes” after his team’s Formula 1 rival’s fifth consecutive one-two in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Vettel did Hamilton "a favour" with first-corner move

Sebastian Vettel thinks he did Lewis Hamilton "a favour" with his bid to go around the outside of Valtteri Bottas at the first corner of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Steiner reveals post-race "clear the air" talks with Haas duo

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner has revealed he held a “clear the air” meeting with drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in the immediate aftermath of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ferrari admits Spanish GP upgrades were "insufficient"

Ferrari's Spanish Grand Prix was "well below our expectations" and exposed weakness with its car after upgrades that proved "insufficient", says team principal Mattia Binotto.

Hamilton "inspired" by message from ill fan

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton said he was searching for inspiration before his Spanish Grand Prix win and found it in the form of support from an unwell fan.

Norris "doesn't know what Stroll was thinking" in crash

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes rival Lance Stroll was to blame for their collision in the Spanish Grand Prix, saying he doesn't understand what Stroll was thinking.

Bottas: "Strange" clutch behaviour led to Spanish GP defeat

Valtteri Bottas blamed his Spanish Grand Prix defeat to Lewis Hamilton on some “strange behaviour” with his Mercedes Formula 1 car’s clutch costing him the lead at the start.

Spanish GP: Hamilton leads fifth straight Mercedes 1-2

Lewis Hamilton moved into the Formula 1 points lead after beating teammate Valtteri Bottas to win the Spanish Grand Prix, as Mercedes continued its perfect start to the season.

Hulkenberg handed pitlane start penalty

Nico Hulkenberg will be forced to start the Spanish Grand Prix from the pitlane for breaking parc ferme rules, after his Renault team changed the specification of his front wing in qualifying on Saturday.

Barcelona "in the process" of renewing Spanish GP contract

Spanish Grand Prix chiefs are confident that they can finalise a deal to keep the race on the Formula 1 calendar next year – even if its date changes.

Sainz explains 'Darren' radio message confusion

Carlos Sainz has explained the background to the strange radio message captured in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix where his race engineer Tom Stallard called him Darren.

Leclerc puzzled by losing "half of the bargeboard" over kerb

Charles Leclerc said he was surprised how much his Ferrari Formula 1 car was damaged when he ran wide in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

Verstappen: Mercedes alone in understanding 2019 cars well

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen thinks rival team Mercedes is alone in not "struggling" to understand how to improve its 2019 Formula 1 car.

Spanish GP a "big test" for Haas - Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen believes that the Spanish Grand Prix will be a "big test" for the Haas Formula 1 team, as it bids to turn around its current form.

Low battery a factor in Hamilton's "not good enough" qualifying

An imperfectly charged battery hindered the start of Lewis Hamilton's Spanish Grand Prix qualifying session, but he believes Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Valtteri Bottas was faster when it mattered.

Vettel hopes "daring" set-up approach pays off in race

Sebastian Vettel hopes that a "daring" approach Ferrari has taken with the set-up of its car at the Spanish Grand Prix can still rescue his hopes in the race.

Spanish GP: Bottas beats Hamilton to pole by 0.6s

Valtteri Bottas completed a hat-trick of Formula 1 pole positions in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP: Hamilton outpaces Leclerc by 0.5s in FP3

Lewis Hamilton dominated final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix as a late off for George Russell prevented any final improvements ahead of Formula 1 qualifying.

Haas "in the mix" with Red Bull at Barcelona, says Grosjean

Romain Grosjean thinks Haas can be in the mix to ‘play’ with Red Bull at the Spanish Grand Prix, after a strong showing in Friday practice.

The key question Ferrari hasn’t answered positively in Barcelona

Ferrari ended Formula 1's last visit to Barcelona as a clear favourite after a stellar pre-season testing programme. But it heads into the fifth round of the season still yet to win a race in 2019, and based on the evidence of Friday practice that wait may continue.

Vettel: Ferrari's practice deficit to Mercedes "a fair picture"

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari is still trying to understand its cornering deficit to Mercedes and that his team trailing its Formula 1 rival in Spanish Grand Prix practice was “a fair picture”.

Perez says "everything looks bad" after Friday practice

Sergio Perez says "everything looks bad" for his Racing Point team at the moment after struggling in Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Renault in performance "stalemate" on Friday - Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo believes Renault needs to “take a few steps back” to figure out why its upgraded Formula 1 car reached a performance "stalemate" during Spanish Grand Prix practice.

Russell and Kubica swap chassis for Spanish GP

George Russell and Robert Kubica have swapped Williams Formula 1 chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Russell using his teammate's car from the first four races of 2019.

Spanish GP: Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in second practice

Valtteri Bottas topped the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, outpacing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.049s.

Verstappen gets engine change after FP1 issue

Max Verstappen has undergone a Honda power unit change after experiencing an oil leak in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alfa introduces permanent fix for front wing

Alfa Romeo has put in place a permanent fix to the wing issue it encountered in Baku to ensure Kimi Raikkonen's exclusion from qualifying in Azerbaijan is not repeated at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP: Bottas tops FP1 ahead of Ferrari drivers

Formula 1 championship leader Valtteri Bottas eclipsed the two Ferraris to set the pace in opening Spanish Grand Prix practice but his session was ended early by an oil leak.

McLaren to run upgraded Renault engine in Spain

McLaren has decided to follow the Renault works team in running the French car manufacturers' upgraded engine at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Renault introduces upgraded engine for Spanish GP

Renault is to introduce an upgraded engine for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in a bid to boost both performance and reliability.

Williams convinced Kubica and Russell have "identical" chassis

The Williams Formula 1 team is confident it has provided “identical” FW42 chassis to Robert Kubica and George Russell, despite the former's suggestions of different aerodynamic behaviour between the two.

Russell's damaged chassis repaired for Spanish GP

The Williams Formula 1 team has repaired the chassis that was damaged when George Russell ran over a loose manhole cover in practice for the Azerbaijan GP.

Haas to split specs on Friday to avoid further "confusion"

Haas says that its lack of an answer on how to solve its Formula 1 tyre struggles means it will only run its new car updates on Romain Grosjean's car in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Haas, Alfa won't run upgraded Ferrari engine in Spain

Haas and Alfa Romeo will not use Ferrari's upgraded Formula 1 engine at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

First look: Mercedes' Spanish GP updates

Mercedes has continued the development of its W10 Formula 1 ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, bringing new turning vanes and a revised mirror concept for the first European race.

Spain update a "substantial step" for Racing Point

Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll says that the Silverstone team's upgrade package in Barcelona this weekend will be a "significant step" - but he stresses that real signs of progress will be seen in 2020.

Red Bull to debut new, bigger motorhome in Spain

Red Bull will debut a new Formula 1 motorhome in the Spanish Grand Prix, introducing a new sustainable structure after 14 seasons using its Energy Station.

Ferrari brings forward first F1 engine upgrade

Ferrari will introduce its first engine upgrade of the Formula 1 season at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, two races earlier than planned.

Mercedes to make display changes after Hamilton VSC setback

Mercedes has confirmed that it will make changes to Lewis Hamilton’s dash layout after the Formula 1 champion lost time to teammate Valtteri Bottas while running behind the Virtual Safety Car in Baku.

Top F1 teams diverge in Spanish GP tyre selections

Leading Formula 1 teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have each selected a different amount of soft Pirelli tyres for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix weekend.