F1 Spanish Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Hamilton and Verstappen in epic Barcelona tussle – stream, latest updates

LEWIS HAMILTON and Max Verstappen are embroiled in a terrific tussle in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver overtook reigning world champion Hamilton on the first corner after the Brit started on pole.

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  • Ben Hunt

    QUESTIONS OVER MERCEDES STRATEGY

    After Red Bull's slow stop of 4 seconds, Mercedes could have called in Hamilton for tyres on the following lap.

    Had they done that, he would be in the lead. At the moment, however, he is behind Verstappen but is quicker and on fresher tyres.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 28

    Hamilton called in for tyres. It is a solid stop that takes 2.7 seconds.

    That has put Verstappen back in front.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON HELD UP BY MAZEPIN

    Toto Wolff complaining to Race Control that the Russian was holding his driver up.

    Hamilton now prolonging his stint on his first set of tyres. It means he will have fresher tyres late in the race.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON TURNS UP THE WICK

    He has put pressure on Verstappen, who stops for tyres. Red Bull, usually so reliable with their pitstops, make a slow one. Almost four seconds.

    That has given Hamilton a huge advantage. He has stayed out on track and is now blasting out the laps on his remaining tyres.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 21

    The top two are pulling away from the rest of the field. This is a great battle between them.

    Fourth race of the season and the fourth time they have slugged it out. Great stuff.

    Ignore the top two and the fight for third – Leclerc versus Bottas – is also close.

    Ricciardo, Perez, Ocon, Sainz, Norris, Stroll is the top 10.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 17

    Verstappen v Hamilton. Just 1.2 seconds in it. But this is a two-horse race. These two are relentless. Thumping out the laps, despite having a heavy fuel load.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 11 RACE RESTART

    Safety Car is in and the racing resumes. Verstappen keeps the lead. Leclerc stays in front of Bottas.

    Stroll passes Alonso to move in to 10th place.

  • Ben Hunt

    UNLUCKY FOR TSUNODA

  • Ben Hunt

    TSUNODA HAS STOPPED ON TRACK – SAFETY CAR DEPLOYED

    He is getting out of his AlphaTauri after it conked out.The Safety Car has been deployed while a crane will be used to recover his stricken motor.

    This will reel in Verstappen's advantage. And give Bottas a good chance of getting past Leclerc.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 6

    Verstappen still holds that 1.4 second gap, which keeps him out of the DRS zone. Hamilton on P2.

    Leclerc is in P3 and holding off Bottas in fourth. The Finn is like a sinking ship.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 1

    Verstappen has pulled a 1.2 second gap on Hamilton. He is absolutely motoring.

  • Ben Hunt

    GO, GO, GO. GREEN LIGHTS IN SPAIN

    VERSTAPPEN beats Hamilton into Turn One. He was flying out of the blocks and the Mercedes man yields his position.

    It is Verstappen, Hamilton, Leclerc and then Bottas, as the Finn loses out to the Ferrari.

  • Ben Hunt

    FORMATION LAP

    Slight concerns over the weather. It is dry at the moment. All drivers on the soft tyres, apart from Raikkonen who is on mediums.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON LEADS TIHS TITLE RACE BY EIGHT POINTS

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON V VERSTAPPEN INTO TURN ONE…

    Hamilton: "This is one of the hardest races, there is a long run down into Turn One. The wind has changed direction today, which could be a good thing for me."

    Verstappen: "We will find out in a little bit of time. We always try to make a good start, let's see what happens."

  • Ben Hunt

    ANTHEM DONE. FINAL PREPARATION ON THE GRID

    It will be interesting to see how the Alpine cars go. Fernando Alonso is slowly getting up to speed on his return to F1.

    Esteban Ocon too had made a slow start to the season but they have looked stronger in Spain.

  • Ben Hunt

    UNDER 15 MINUTES TO GO UNTIL LIGHTS OUT IN SPAIN

    Lewis Hamilton starts on pole. Max Verstappen in P2. Worth remembering that 90 percent of the Spanish GPs have been won from the front row.

     

  • Thomas Blow

    QUALIFYING RE-CAP

    Lewis Hamilton clinched a 100th career pole position as he beat world championship rival Max Verstappen in Saturday's qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

    It was the Red Bull driver who looked to be primed to top the leaderboard in the final round of qualification after showing good pace early on.

    But despite Hamilton failing to improve on his first run in the dying moments of qualifying, Verstappen could not find the pace to clinch pole as he had to settle for second, three hundredths of a second off his British rival.

    Valtteri Bottas secured third place in the other Mercedes, while Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc impressed again in fourth.

    Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez was down in eighth behind Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo.

    Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel missed out on the final round of qualification once more as he could only manage 13th.

  • Thomas Blow

    HAMILTON NOT THE ONLY CENTURY MAKER

    Max Verstappen is celebrating a century of his own this weekend – his 100th race for Red Bull.

    The 23-year-old's main title rival Lewis Hamilton secured his 100th pole in qualifying yesterday.

    But who will be celebrating later today?

  • Thomas Blow

    BOTTAS GETTING READY

    Valtteri Bottas has prepared for today's Spanish GP with a spot of running.

    The 31-year-old needs to start picking up some wins if he wants to challenge for the world championship.

    Can he deliver today?

  • Thomas Blow

    FANS IN SPAIN

    F1 fans have returned for the Spanish GP.

    Around 1,000 will attend today's race, despite spectators initially being banned due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    Here are the first few supporters filtering into the Circuit de Catalunya…

  • Thomas Blow

    MODEST LEWIS

    The official F1 Twitter account has posted a video of Lewis Hamilton from 2007, when he took his first career pole.

    In the video, Hamilton said: "I’ve never really been a driver that sticks it on pole."

    The seven-time world champion now has 100 poles – 32 more than anyone else.

  • Thomas Blow

    FIRST AND 100TH

    Here's the moment Lewis Hamilton picked up his first – and 100th – pole position in F1.

    The 36-year-old's next target is winning his 100th GP.

    He's currently on 97 career wins.

    Surely he'll achieve that remarkable feat this year?

    He's also vying for a record eighth world title, although that may be difficult with Max Verstappen hot on his heels.

  • Thomas Blow

    TODAY'S GRID

    Here's the starting grid for today's Spanish GP.

    Lewis Hamilton will start on pole for the 100th time in his career, with main title rival Max Verstappen also on the front row.

    Esteban Ocon impressed again in qualifying and he will start in fifth, while Brit Lando Norris is four places back.

  • Thomas Blow

    HAMILTON FIRST TO REACH 100

    Lewis Hamilton became the first driver in F1 history to take 100 pole positions during qualifying for the Spanish GP.

    To put this into context, Michael Schumacher – second on the all-time list of poles – started at the front of the grid 68 times during his illustrious career.

    Sebastian Vettel is fourth on the list with 57 poles.

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