After the Saturday appetiser comes today’s main event – Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen.
The title rivals are on the front row for the Spanish GP after just 0.036s separated them in qualifying.
It was the 100th pole position of Hamilton’s career and a win today would give him his 97th victory. Hamilton’s former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso hailed the British driver’s accomplishment and feels he is only getting better.
“It’s not going to be the last, that number will only go up,” said Alonso. “I think it’s an amazing achievement that shows how good Lewis is, in not only one lap but also in a race situation. We see in the victories, in the podium finishes, in the championships. It’s in a way, not a surprise. He has dominated the sport for a few years now and he is getting better and better every time.”
Hamilton has four consecutive victories at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya but Verstappen and Red Bull will be desperate to stop the seven-time world champion from making it five.
“It is a long run to Turn 1 and a good start is key,” Verstappen, who trails Hamilton by eight points in the drivers’ standings, said. “The pace is there, so I hope we can have a good race. We know they are hard to beat around here but to be that close, I can be happy with that.”
Elsewhere, Sergio Perez could be in for another tough race after revealing he managing pain in his left shoulder through qualifying.
“I didn’t feel 100% with myself today,” he said. “I have a bit of an issue with my shoulder through qualifying, and I was just feeling bad all the way through it. It was just getting worse and worse as quali developed, and I struggled a bit more with it.”
The Spanish GP gets underway at 2pm so stay with us for full build-up and coverage.