F1 2021 Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen- It will be Mercedes vs Red Bull once against again as reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton take the pole position for the 100th time in Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. Just 0.036s separated the two title rivals in the qualifying race. But don’t rule our Hamilton’s partner and Mercedes’ second driver Valtteri Bottas who finished third.
Hamilton set a blistering 1m 16.741s on his first lap in Q3, with Verstappen narrowly behind. But with all eyes trained on the fight at the front in the final minutes of qualifying, neither Hamilton, Verstappen nor Bottas could improve on their second runs, meaning Hamilton claimed his record-extending 100th pole position – with the Mercedes driver yelling exuberantly on team radio after a phenomenal milestone in the history of Formula 1 was reached.
It wasn’t all bad for Verstappen, however, who after showing strong pace in Q2 to lead the segment, claimed his first ever front row start at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, ahead of Bottas.
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The second Red Bull of Sergio Perez could only manage P8 after a difficult weekend so far for the Mexican, with the second home driver Fernando Alonso in P10.
So that was the top 10 – but all the accolades today are for Lewis Hamilton, the first driver to make it triple figures in pole positions in F1 history.
|1 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes||1:16.741|
|2 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing||1:16.777|
|3 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes||1:16.873|
|4 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||1:17.510|
|5 Esteban OCON Alpine||1:17.580|
Hamilton said, “I can’t believe we’re at 100! “It’s down to the men and women back at the factory, it’s been a dream to work with these guys. Who would have thought at the end of 2012 we’d be at 100! “I’m ecstatic! It’s like my first!”
“Second for us here on this track is good for us. I can be happy with that. I hope we can have a good race [on Sunday]” added Verstappen.
END OF QUALIFYING
F1 2021 Spanish Grand Prix: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing wins Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton second- For the first time this weekend Red Bull showed their pace as Max Verstappen set the fastest time in final practice in Spain, finishing the session ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
|1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing||1:17.835|
|2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes||+0.235s|
|3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||+0.473s|
|4 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari||+0.575s|
|5 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes||+0.588s|
F1 2021 Spanish Grand Prix: Mercedes dominates Free Practice 2, Hamilton, Bottas occupy top 2 spots- Championship leader Lewis Hamilton got the better of Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas as he set the pace in second practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, as his chief title rival Max Verstappen backed out of his low fuel run…
|1 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes||1:18.170|
|2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes||+0.139s|
|3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||+0.165s|
|4 Esteban OCON Alpine||+0.296s|
|5 Fernando ALONSO Alpine||+0.348s|
F1 2021 Spanish Grand Prix: Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finishes No 1 in Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton 3rd- Valtteri Bottas went fastest in the first practice session for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who eclipsed title rival Lewis Hamilton in P3.
F1 2021 Spanish Grand Prix Live: Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finished No.1 in first practice, Lewis Hamilton third
|1 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes||1:18.504|
|2 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing||+0.033s|
|3 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes||+0.123s|
|4 Lando NORRIS McLaren||+0.440s|
|5 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||+0.492s|
F1 2021 Spanish GP LIVE: All you need to know about the circuit
The drivers love the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which is just as well because they spend huge amounts of time pounding around it during winter testing. The track is a good mix of high- and low-speed corners, with the challenging Turn 3 right-hander a great chance to evaluate the balance of the car your team’s designers have given you to fight with for the season. The race takes place over 66 laps. The best lap time on the circuit is 1:18.183 by Valterri Bottas in 2020. The tyre allocation for Barcelona is also the same as Portimao, with Pirelli again bringing its three hardest compounds due to the loads generated by the cars at the Spanish venue.
F1 2021 Spanish GP LIVE: When and where to watch
F1 2021 Spanish GP LIVE streaming in India will be available on Disney+ Hotstar VIP this weekend starting 7th May. On day 1, the live streaming will begin at 3PM for F1 Spanish GP Practice One. Meanwhile, Practice two will be available on the same day at 6:30 PM. The race day is on May 9 at 6:30 PM.
Here’s the F1 Spanish GP schedule you can stream on Disney+ Hotstar VIP this week.
|Friday, 7th May 2021||Free Practice One – Spain||3:00 PM IST
4:00 PM IST
|Free Practice Two – Spain||6:30 PM IST
7:30 PM IST
|Saturday, 8th May 2021||Free Practice Three – Spain||3:30 PM IST
4:30 PM IST
|Qualifying Race – Spain||6.30 PM IST
7: 30 PM IST
|Sunday, 9th May 2021||Main Race – Spain||6:30 PM IST
8:30 M IST
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