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Steiner: Wolff “wanted a little bit of publicity” with FIA call

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner believes Toto Wolff wanted “a little bit of publicity” with his broadcast radio call to FIA race director Michael Masi complaining about blue flags.

Ferrari: Spain proved race-day weakness now banished Spanish GP
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Ferrari: Spain proved race-day weakness now banished

Ferrari Formula 1 chief Mattia Binotto believes the team’s performance at the Spanish Grand Prix proves it has overcome its race-day weakness seen earlier in the season.

Hamilton "learned more" about Verstappen than all other F1 races

Lewis Hamilton says he “learned a lot” about Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in their 2021 Spanish Grand Prix battle, adding “perhaps more than all the other races together”.

Leclerc explains sensational Bottas pass in Spanish GP

Charles Leclerc says trying to get out of dirty air from cars ahead of him triggered his sensational Turn 3 overtake on Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Russell: Williams best its ever felt in a race in Spain

George Russell says his Williams felt better in the Spanish Grand Prix than any other race since he joined the Formula 1 team, as he fought hard for a point-scoring finish.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Spanish GP

Amid echoes of the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes snookered Red Bull on strategy to deliver Lewis Hamilton victory in the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix. We assess the weekend's major talking points, as a 2020 heavy-hitter endured another weekend to forget and a much-hyped rookie had a lesson in humility

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button.

Red Bull "desperately needs" Perez in fight with Mercedes Spanish GP
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Red Bull "desperately needs" Perez in fight with Mercedes

Red Bull says it "desperately" needs Sergio Perez to be mixing it at the front of the Formula 1 field if it is not to keep losing strategic advantage to Mercedes.

Hamilton: Bottas "completely fair" after team orders call Spanish GP
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Hamilton: Bottas "completely fair" after team orders call

Lewis Hamilton believes Valtteri Bottas was "completely fair" letting him through after receiving team orders in Spain, having initially believed he would be racing his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate.

Red Bull: Verstappen "called himself in" for slow pitstop Spanish GP
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Red Bull: Verstappen "called himself in" for slow pitstop

Red Bull’s slow pitstop for Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix was caused by the Dutchman arriving for a tyre change without being called in by the team.

Hamilton "made sure" to give Verstappen space at Turn 1

Lewis Hamilton says he "made sure" to give Max Verstappen room when the Red Bull attacked him for the lead at Turn 1 of Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton hails "good gamble" on Spanish GP strategy Spanish GP
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Hamilton hails "good gamble" on Spanish GP strategy

Lewis Hamilton thanked his Mercedes team for a "good gamble" on his Formula 1 race strategy after recovering a 22-second gap to pass Max Verstappen for victory in Spain.

Alfa Romeo explains disastrous Giovinazzi pitstop

Antonio Giovinazzi's disastrous pitstop in the Spanish GP was the result of a tyre valve failure from an operational issue at his Alfa Romeo team.

Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen in Spain

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona for Mercedes on Sunday, the fourth race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Verstappen felt like "sitting duck" against Hamilton in Spain

Max Verstappen says he felt like a “sitting duck” in the fight against Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton in Spain following the Mercedes driver’s second pit stop.

Spanish GP: Hamilton outfoxes Verstappen to win

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in a gripping 2021 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, completing a late charge to reclaim the lead he had lost in a Turn 1 clash.

The Spanish GP as it happened

Live commentary and updates from the F1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Sainz: Ferrari still worried about tyre degradation in Spain

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz is anticipating a difficult race day in Spain as the Italian team tries to get on top of tyre management issues.

Alpine's progress almost "too good to be true" - Alonso

Fernando Alonso thinks that Alpine's major step forward in the last two Formula 1 races is proof of genuine progress, even though it seems "too good to be true".

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

Red Bull and Mercedes will again go head-to-head in the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 season at Barcelona this weekend. Here's how and when can you watch the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ricciardo more confident in his McLaren F1 car after "mini breakthrough"

Daniel Ricciardo says increased confidence in his upgraded McLaren Formula 1 car is behind his strong Spanish Grand Prix qualifying performance, which he labelled as a "mini breakthrough".

Norris: Q1 traffic "cost me" later in Spanish GP qualifying

Lando Norris says his Q1 lap that was ruined by being held up by Nikita Mazepin effectively wrecked his entire qualifying hopes for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton feared set-up "gamble" backfired before taking pole Spanish GP
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Hamilton feared set-up "gamble" backfired before taking pole

Lewis Hamilton feared his decision to take a "bit of a gamble" on car set-up backfired before scoring his 100th Formula 1 pole position in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

Shoulder issue hampered Perez in Barcelona F1 qualifying Spanish GP
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Shoulder issue hampered Perez in Barcelona F1 qualifying

Sergio Perez says an issue with his left shoulder contributed to his struggles in Formula 1 qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix as he felt "bad all the way through".

Tsunoda issues apology to AlphaTauri for post-qualifying outburst Spanish GP
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Tsunoda issues apology to AlphaTauri for post-qualifying outburst

Yuki Tsunoda has apologised to his AlphaTauri team for questioning whether he was getting the same equipment as Formula 1 teammate Pierre Gasly.

Mercedes explains decision to start Spanish GP on soft tyres

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas say the risk of losing ground off the line was why Mercedes opted against starting on the mediums for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes pole in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton took pole position – the 100th of his F1 career – for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona for Mercedes on Saturday, the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Hamilton: 100th F1 pole "feels like one of the first"

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says his landmark 100th pole at the Spanish Grand Prix felt just like "one of the first" of his career.

Mazepin: F1's qualifying no-overtaking etiquette is flawed

Nikita Mazepin says Formula 1's gentleman's agreement about qualifying car order doesn't work, after he was handed a three-place grid penalty at the Spanish Grand Prix for blocking Lando Norris.

Tsunoda has ‘question mark’ over AlphaTauri F1 car versus Gasly

Yuki Tsunoda says he has a “question mark” over how his AlphaTauri Formula 1 car compares to that of team-mate Pierre Gasly after a surprise Q1 exit in Spain.

Spanish GP: Hamilton secures 100th F1 pole position Spanish GP
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Spanish GP: Hamilton secures 100th F1 pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed a 100th Formula 1 career pole position as he edged out Max Verstappen to top qualifying for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP qualifying as it happened

Follow all the action from the Spanish Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Revised approach to Spanish GP weekend helping Leclerc

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says a revised approach to handling the Spanish Grand Prix weekend appears to be helping him avoid the struggles he faced in Portugal.

Spanish GP: Verstappen outpaces Hamilton in final practice

Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the top spot in final practice for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix by 0.235s, raising expectations of a tight qualifying showdown at Barcelona.

Williams: F1 car's peaky downforce trait was not intended

Williams says the peaky downforce characteristics of its Formula 1 car weren't a route it planned to take, and is instead a consequence of new aero rules.

What is behind McLaren's latest F1 upgrades

McLaren has emerged as the strongest 'best of the rest' team in Formula 1 this year, but it hasn't stopped it pushing on with upgrades.

Wolff: Mercedes won’t play ‘musical chairs’ with its drivers

Toto Wolff says Mercedes will not play “musical chairs” with its Formula 1 driver line-up, ruling out a mid-season switch to replace Valtteri Bottas with George Russell.

FIA explains clampdown on F1 drivers using old Spain circuit

The FIA has explained the clampdown on Formula 1 drivers using the old layout in the final sector of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to gain an advantage during Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

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

Barcelona is hosting the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this weekend. Here's how you can watch the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying from your country.

Horner: Poaching Mercedes F1 engine staff an “inevitability”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has defended his team's strategy of poaching key Mercedes staff for its in-house Formula 1 engine project, saying its proximity to Mercedes made it an "inevitability".

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull has hidden pace

Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one major encouraging sign for Red Bull. However, making good on that gain will require Max Verstappen to avoid repeating a mistake that left him well down the FP2 order...

Vettel "more at home" with Aston Martin car after upgrades

Sebastian Vettel feels "a lot more at home" with Aston Martin's Formula 1 car after running the team's updates for the first time in Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday.

Grand Prix practice results: Hamilton fastest in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest overall time on the opening day of Spanish Grand Prix practice in Barcelona for Mercedes on Friday, the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Spanish GP: Hamilton tops FP2 from Bottas, Leclerc

Lewis Hamilton topped the second practice session for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Max Verstappen well down the order after aborting his qualifying simulation.

F1 financial numbers continue to improve after disastrous 2020

Formula 1 has released much improved financial numbers for the first quarter of 2021, reflecting the organisation's continued recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out its income early last season.

F1 team bosses to hold meeting to discuss track limit rules

Formula 1 team principals will discuss whether or not track limit rules need to change, during their regular race weekend get-together in Spain on Saturday.

Spanish GP practice as it happened

Follow all the action from the Spanish Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Spanish GP: Bottas leads Verstappen by 0.033s in FP1

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led Red Bull's Max Verstappen by 0.033s in a disrupted first practice session for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton third.

Vettel: ‘Wasted opportunity’ if Aston Martin writes off 2021 season

Sebastian Vettel believes it would be a “wasted opportunity” if Aston Martin wrote off its 2021 season and switched full focus to next year’s Formula 1 car.

Perez using Verstappen's car set-up to avoid getting "lost"

Sergio Perez has revealed that he is following Max Verstappen’s set-up direction to avoid getting ‘lost’, as he gets to grips with his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Verstappen: Mercedes still holds F1 energy deployment advantage

Mercedes still holds an advantage with the energy deployment of its Formula 1 engine, despite Honda’s gains in overall power, reckons Max Verstappen.

Verstappen: Understandable Mercedes staff want Red Bull challenge

Max Verstappen believes it is "understandable" that the Mercedes staff who have signed to join Red Bull’s new Formula 1 powertrains division are seeking a new challenge.

Can F1's standout performer of 2021 keep up his charge?

After an impressive start to his 2021 Formula 1 season, Lando Norris currently splits the Mercedes and Red Bull domination in the early drivers’ standings. While the McLaren driver has played down the likelihood of maintaining that position, his team remains optimistic that his form can lead to greater success

Bottas hits out at "bullshit" mid-season dropping suggestion

Valtteri Bottas hit back at a suggestion Mercedes could replace him midway through the 2021 Formula 1 season, calling it "bullshit" and saying "only one team does that".

Red Bull signs five more Mercedes F1 engine staff Spanish GP
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Red Bull signs five more Mercedes F1 engine staff

Red Bull has signed five more senior Mercedes engine staff to help drive forward its new power unit push in Formula 1.

Spanish GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Barcelona

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Hamilton wins third Laureus Award for social activism

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has won a third Laureus Award, receiving the new Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award for his activism against inequality.

F1 drivers react to 2021 Barcelona track changes

Several Formula 1 drivers have discussed the Barcelona track alteration, with some feeling it could improve overtaking into Turn 1 at the expense of passes at the reprofiled Turn 10.

Hamilton: People need to give Bottas a break

Lewis Hamilton believes that Valtteri Bottas’s critics “need to give him a break”, saying that Mercedes currently has the best line-up on the Formula 1 grid.