Spanish F1 Grand Prix – LIVE!


1 Spanish Grand Prix LIVE!

Charles Leclerc is ready to build on his first lead in the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship with victory today at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Max Verstappen sits just behind star Ferrari on the grid after an intriguing qualifying session on Saturday, with a failed DRS preventing defending champion Red Bull from vying for pole.

Despite Leclerc’s championship lead, it was the Dutchman who gained serious momentum after winning in Emilia-Romagna and Miami ahead of this race.

This grand prix could also mark the turning point of Mercedes’ poor season. George Russell qualified fourth for the race, behind Carlos Sainz in third and ahead of Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton.

It’s been a rollercoaster year for the previously dominating Mercs, but even with upgrades for this weekend, Hamilton has admitted difficulty driving his car, which team-mate Russell seems to have better grip on.

Sky Sports F1 is showing the race live with Channel 4 showing free highlights from 6.30pm BST.

Follow live updates from the race with Standard Sport’s live blog, with expert analysis from Matt Majendie at Barcelona…

Live updates


Bottas is on old mediums and loses third place to Verstappen at Turn 12, a stylish overtake in an unusual part of the track for Red Bull with the team now surely within reach of a one-two finish. .

Sainz starts from fifth for the mediums to potentially go all the way as he approaches the halfway mark.

It hasn’t been a good minute for Ferrari or Ferrari-powered cars as Zhou abandons his Alfa Romeo.


Round 31/66: So many scenarios from this race… If Sainz hadn’t turned, if Hamilton hadn’t had that puncture…

The seven-time world champion sets the fastest lap to finish 12th in the race.

And at the top, Perez takes Russell into turn 1 and takes the lead in the grand prix!


Matt Majendie in Barcelona

The Spanish Grand Prix is ​​so often incredibly boring. Not this year so far. We crashed on the first lap, two riders lost the lead at turn four, a constantly moaning Max Verstappen, a retired Charles Leclerc and now George Russell in the lead. He has Sergio Perez’s Red Bull around his neck.


Round 29/66: Verstappen is looking for fresh Softs to undermine Russell on what is surely a three save. He comes out just ahead of Sainz in fourth position.


Problem for Leclerc!

“NO! Loss of power!”

This Ferrari has a lot of trouble! He’s out and Verstappen is suddenly battling Russell for the lead…


Perez asks Red Bull to clear Verstappen so he can attack Russell, having moved on earlier in the race.

With the Dutchman’s DRS not fully operational, Perez is still not cleared for the position despite closing in less than four seconds to take the lead in the battle for second place.


Round 25/66: Russell fights brilliantly to retain second place!

Verstappen circled the outside at Turn 1 and put his car in front, but found the Mercedes battling like a stench to gently chase him away as the track veered back to the right, and he held the inside line at the turn 4 to maintain track position!


A 2.2 second stop keeps Leclerc well ahead as he stops for the Medium tyres, Russell drops 5.5 seconds and on older tires as the Ferrari gets back on track.

Perez is fourth and four seconds behind Verstappen, followed by Bottas, Ocon, Sainz, Norris, Tsunoda and Alonso to complete the top ten.


Round 19/66: Perez drops back to fourth as Verstappen fends off DRS’ “incredible” failure while trailing Russell.

Once again he was stopped by the Mercedes in Turn 1, but even a minor error from Russell on the exit of the corner did not provide an overtaking window.

When Leclerc stops, he will have half a minute to spare. Cruise.


Matt Majendie in Barcelona

Max Verstappen with his first radio whine of the race regarding his faulty DRS. I spoke to Christian Horner earlier this weekend who says he really likes Verstappen’s radio whines to race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase – just shows his determination to win, he says.

The only time he passed the mark was in the sprint race at Imola, after which Lambiase refused to speak to his driver. The Dutchman made things right by bringing him an ice cream and seemingly apologizing for his outburst.

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