Spanish GP (2020)

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Mercedes made “wrong decision” on Spanish GP strategy

The Mercedes Formula 1 team says it made a “wrong decision” on strategy in the Spanish Grand Prix, costing Valtteri Bottas a shot at passing Max Verstappen for second place.

Hamilton wants better Pirelli tyres that appeal to F1 fans

Lewis Hamilton believes that Formula 1 fans don’t want to see tyre management races and has called on Pirelli to develop a product that drivers can race with in 2022.

Ferrari: Strong tyre management down to drivers, not car

Ferrari’s strong tyre management in recent races is down to its drivers and not a redeeming quality of its SF1000 Formula 1 car, according to team boss Mattia Binotto.

Steiner takes Haas' dramatic form swing with “pinch of salt”

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner has downplayed the dramatic swing in the team’s form over the Spanish GP weekend, saying it should be taken “with a pinch of salt.”

Closing speeds to be discussed after Magnussen/Ocon incident

Formula 1 drivers are set discuss concerns about the closing speeds between cars on hot laps and slow laps following the incident involving Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Ocon in Spain.

Ricciardo hopes Spain was “a one-off” as Renault failed to score

Daniel Ricciardo hopes that Barcelona proves to be an “anomaly” after his Renault Formula 1 team missed the points for the first time in 2020.

Perez, Kvyat blue flag penalties part of new crackdown

The penalties handed to Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat for ignoring blue flags in the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix were the first as part of a new crackdown by the FIA.

Why the end of "party mode" won't crash Mercedes' festivities

At Formula 1's Spanish GP it emerged the FIA was planning to restrict teams to a single engine mode for qualifying and the race. Aimed at Mercedes to slash its pace, the new rules might help rather than hinder the team.

Norris “didn’t take enough risks” at Spanish GP start

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris admits that he didn’t take enough risks at the start of the Spanish GP, where two lost positions proved expensive for the Briton.

10 things we learned from the Spanish Grand Prix

Although Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix didn't produce an on-track thriller, it still yielded notable storylines; from the latest chapter in a messy divorce to the clearest signs yet of a change in Mercedes' hierarchy. LUKE SMITH picks out the talking points.

Spanish Grand Prix - Driver ratings

The two leading men of the 2020 Formula 1 season continued their stellar form with faultless drives in the intense Barcelona heat, but an unseen drive outside the points was every bit as good.

Vettel: No need for Ferrari review of strategy calls

Sebastian Vettel sees no need for Ferrari to review how it plans Formula 1 race strategies and communication, saying it is “very difficult” to judge the situation from the outside.

The "shock" that gave Mercedes its edge back in Spain

After Max Verstappen's surprise victory in the 70th Anniversary GP, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton reasserted the natural order with a dominant Spanish GP performance that showed they had put the lessons learned at Silverstone to good use.

Leclerc prevented from rejoining Spanish GP by engine issue

Charles Leclerc was prevented from rejoining the Spanish Grand Prix after pitting to have his seatbelts tightened as Ferrari had to investigate an issue with his Formula 1 power unit.

Bottas blames black overalls for losing 3kg in Spanish GP

Valtteri Bottas says he lost three kilos during the Spanish GP and believes that the black overalls adopted by Mercedes for the 2020 Formula 1 season played a role.

Hamilton “humbled, honoured” to break Schumacher’s F1 record

Lewis Hamilton was left feeling “humbled and honoured” after becoming Formula 1’s all-time record holder for podium finishes by surpassing Michael Schumacher at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Bottas admits championship now "drifting away"

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas feels that the 2020 world championship is "drifting away" after finishing third in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Binotto "surprised" by suggestion of Vettel tension

Ferrari Formula 1 chief Mattia Binotto has denied there is any added tension in the team's relationship with Sebastian Vettel, feeling "quite surprised" by the suggestion.

Verstappen explains radio outburst over Spanish GP strategy

Max Verstappen says his radio outburst during Sunday’s Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix was prompted by him “massively struggling” to keep his tyres alive at the end of the first stint.

Perez feels Spanish GP penalty was "very unfair"

Sergio Perez has called his penalty for ignoring blue flags during the Spanish Grand Prix unfair as he felt he allowed Lewis Hamilton to lap him at an opportune moment.

Vettel on his risky strategy: "We had nothing to lose"

Sebastian Vettel says there was "nothing to lose” with the risky one-stop strategy in the Spanish Grand Prix that lifted him to seventh place at the chequered flag.

2020 F1 World Championship points after Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead in the Formula 1 World Championship after his victory in the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.

2020 F1 Spanish Grand Prix race results

Lewis Hamilton dominated the Spanish Grand Prix for Mercedes at Barcelona, round six of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship.

Spanish GP: Hamilton takes commanding win from Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton dominated the Spanish Grand Prix to win ahead of Max Verstappen and extend his Formula 1 world championship lead, as Valtteri Bottas’s slow start cost him second.

Verstappen changes engine after Honda found anomaly

Max Verstappen's Red Bull Formula 1 car has undergone extensive changes overnight after Honda discovered an anomaly in the data of his engine ahead of the Spanish GP.

Norris admits it would be hard to beat Racing Point in Spain

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris is targeting the Racing Points in the Spanish GP, but the Briton admits that it won’t be easy to beat the pink cars.

Racing Point "not surprised" by strong Perez F1 return

Racing Point Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer says he’s not surprised by the way Sergio Perez has bounced back from the spell in COVID-19 quarantine that forced him to miss two races.

Haas: Lack of pace in Spanish GP qualifying “a mystery"

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says his lack of pace in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying is “a bit of a mystery” after showing “genuine” pace in Friday practice.

Hamilton: Wolff’s future talks won't impact my F1 plans

Lewis Hamilton has downplayed the potential impact on his future plans should Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff leave the Brackley-based team.

Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix – how to watch, start time & more

Formula 1 heads to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix on August 16. Here's how can you watch the race from the comfort of your living room.

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying results, full grid lineup

Lewis Hamilton will start the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position, the sixth round of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season, at Barcelona.

Sainz's cooling issues solved with engine change

The McLaren Formula 1 team finally addressed the cooling problem that has hampered Carlos Sainz by giving him a brand new Renault power unit in Barcelona on Saturday.

Wolff: Verstappen must be seen as favourite for race

Mercedes Formula 1 team principal Toto Wolff says Red Bull's Max Verstappen must be considered the favourite for victory in Spain, judging by his long-run pace on Friday.

Verstappen explains why he didn't try contra-tyre strategy

Max Verstappen opted against a contra strategy in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix as he feels the soft tyre will hold up fine for the opening race stint.

Mercedes duo can't explain failure to improve in second Q3 run

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas cannot explain their lack of improvement at the end of Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying, with polesitter Hamilton calling his final lap "really poor".

Perez pins hopes on start for podium fight in Spain

Sergio Perez set his sights on fighting Red Bull's Max Verstappen for the final podium position at the Spanish Grand Prix after qualifying fourth upon his Formula 1 return.

Vettel "can’t put an answer" to struggles after Q2 exit

Sebastian Vettel says there are still aspects of Ferrari's 2020 Formula 1 car he "can't really put an answer to" after a difficult qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP: Hamilton beats Bottas to pole by 0.059s

Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas to pole position for Formula 1's 2020 Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, with Max Verstappen edging the Racing Point cars to take third.

No further action in bizarre Ocon/Magnussen incident

The Formula 1 race stewards have opted to take no action against Esteban Ocon or Kevin Magnussen following their "unfortunate" accident in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP: Hamilton quickest in FP3, Ocon crashes

Lewis Hamilton edged Valtteri Bottas in final practice for Formula 1's 2020 Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, which was ended early following Renault driver Esteban Ocon crashing behind Kevin Magnussen.

Mercedes "in better shape" managing tyre temperatures

Mercedes Formula 1 technical director James Allison says the team is “in better shape” managing its tyre temperatures in Spain than it was last weekend at Silverstone.

Horner: Engine mode ban "healthy" for F1

Red Bull Formula 1 team principal Christian Horner is supportive of the FIA’s move to clamp down on teams using higher engine modes during qualifying, saying it is a "healthy thing for the manufacturers".

Vettel: Car "making a bit more sense" after chassis change

Sebastian Vettel says his Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 car is “making a bit more sense” after changing chassis ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

The qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix will be held on August 15 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Here's how you can watch it in your country.

Grosjean “changed three pairs of underwear” on rapid day

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he has no explanation for his top-six performance in Barcelona on Friday – but did reveal how many times he changed his underwear.

Norris: Hardest tyres felt like "garbage" during practice

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says Pirelli's hardest tyre compound of tyres felt like "garbage" in free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, saying he "felt like I had more grip on the wets".

Chassis change hasn't solved Sainz's cooling issues

Carlos Sainz says that his McLaren Formula 1 team has to "keep digging" as it seeks a solution to a cooling problem that emerged on his car at Silverstone.

"Killer" Spanish heat tough on tyres, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says the "killer" temperatures through practice for the Spanish Grand Prix proved tough on his tyres amid fears of a repeat of Mercedes' Silverstone blistering issues.

2020 F1 Spanish GP full Friday practice results

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap on the opening day of Spanish Grand Prix practice at Barcelona on Friday, ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Spanish GP: Hamilton quickest from Bottas in FP2

Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas to the top spot in second practice for Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen again best of the rest in third.

Spanish GP: Bottas leads FP1 as Mercedes dominates

Valtteri Bottas pipped Lewis Hamilton to the top spot in the first practice session for Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.

Sainz gets new McLaren chassis after cooling issues

The McLaren Formula 1 team has changed Carlos Sainz's chassis in an attempt to resolve the cooling issues that the Spaniard suffered at Silverstone.

Ricciardo explains F1 podium tattoo bet with Abiteboul

Daniel Ricciardo has explained the details of his bet with Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul, getting matching tattoos if he scores a podium finish.

Why F1 may get another Mercedes/Red Bull showdown in Spain

Attention is fixed on Red Bull after its stunning Silverstone win. The question now is whether it can repeat that result in Spain, where it seems three factors will be critical. Here's why those show another possible Mercedes upset is on at this stage…

Magnussen mystery: Haas says nothing “specific” wrong with car

The Haas Formula 1 team has rebuilt Kevin Magnussen’s car following the Dane’s retirement at Silverstone – but no specific problem was traced as a root cause.

FIA clamps down on corner cutting ahead of Spanish GP

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has clamped down on corner cutting ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix by issuing new guidance to drivers on Thursday.

Perez to make Barcelona F1 return after negative COVID test

Sergio Perez will make his Formula 1 return with Racing Point at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix after testing negative for COVID-19.

Seidl explains Spanish GP planning amid COVID-19 concerns

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl says Formula 1 teams will treat the logistical challenge of the Spanish Grand Prix in a similar way to Hungary amid growing concerns about COVID-19 in Catalonia.

2020 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix session timings and preview

Formula 1 heads to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 14-16 for the sixth round of the 2020 season. Here's all you need to know about the Spanish Grand Prix.

Nissany to get FP1 outing with Williams in Spain

Williams test driver Roy Nissany will make his Formula 1 free practice debut for the team in FP1 for the Spanish Grand Prix, taking over George Russell's car.