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Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hamilton beats Rosberg to pole in Spain

Lewis Hamilton recovered from a mistake on his first flying lap in Q3 to secure pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton set a rapid sector one time on his first Q3 effort but locked up both tyres heavily into Turn 10, missing the apex and compromising the remainder of his lap. It left Rosberg with an advantage of eight-tenths of a second after the first runs, with Hamilton in third spot. Hamilton set a sequence of blistering […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rosberg stays ahead in final practice session

Nico Rosberg maintained his strong form as he topped the final practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix. Rosberg clocked a time of 1:23.078 to eclipse Lewis Hamilton by 0.126s during Saturday morning’s one-hour session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Rosberg’s time was set on his first hot lap on Soft tyres before he spent a brief period in the pits when his Mercedes W07 Hybrid went into limp home mode. Rosberg’s advantage came in the final sector, with Hamilton having gone fastest across the […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Force India pair hail 'big step forwards'

Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg reckon the outfit has made a "big step forwards" with the upgrade package which the outfit has introduced at the Spanish Grand Prix. Force India has collected only eight points so far in 2016 but Perez and Hulkenberg both finished Friday's second practice session within the top 10, as the duo trialled the updated VJM09. "I’m not yet totally comfortable with the balance, but I believe we have made a big step forward compared to the car […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Pirelli working to understand Palmer tyre failure

Pirelli and Renault are continuing analysis on the cause of Jolyon Palmer's tyre failure during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Palmer suffered a high speed failure along the pit straight though was able to come to a safe halt in the run-off at Turn 2. It was the second failure in as many sessions for Renault, after test and reserve driver Esteban Ocon was affected by a puncture in the opening encounter. "Esteban did a good job for his brief time in the car […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Verstappen content after first day with Red Bull

Max Verstappen received his first day of action in Red Bull's RB12 at the Spanish Grand Prix following his promotion from Toro Rosso. Verstappen has been moved up to the senior team after just 23 Grands Prix and set the sixth quickest time during the second practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. "I’m happy; for a first day you can’t complain," he said. "We got through a lot of work and did a lot of laps and I think that’s the most important thing for […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Hamilton: Mercedes felt 'tricky to drive'

World Champion Lewis Hamilton concedes that improvements need to be made to his Mercedes W07 Hybrid overnight after he commented that his car felt "tricky to drive" during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton trailed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by over seven-tenths of a second during the afternoon practice session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with the pair split by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. "That wasn't an easy day for me, I struggled with the car balance through the day and this afternoon in particular […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Kvyat 'feels at home' with Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat says he already "feels at home" with Toro Rosso as he completed his first day in the STR11 during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Kvyat was demoted to Toro Rosso after the Russian Grand Prix and placed 15th for the outfit which he raced with during his rookie season in 2014. "It was my first Friday with the team, so there were plenty of things to look at and adapt myself to, as well as trying to find the best compromise for […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Rosberg moves ahead in second session

Championship leader Nico Rosberg continued his impressive form by clocking the quickest time at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in first practice

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 during the opening practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Vettel and team-mate Kimi Räikkönen both utilised Pirelli’s Soft compound tyres to finish at the head of the pack, with the German quickest on a 1:23.951, 0.138s clear of Räikkönen. Vettel’s only drama came at the end of the session when he had to be wheeled back up the pit lane as the red light came on narrowly before he attempted to re-joined the […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

2016 Spanish Grand PrixView

The European season starts this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as the paddock travels to Spain for the fifth round of the campaign. Barcelona is a familiar venue for the teams after all eight days of pre-season running took place at the circuit, and this weekend’s stay will be extended with two days of running set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. After an intriguing start to the year, teams and drivers will now have a reality check on their development since the […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Vettel: Barcelona will be good reference

Sebastian Vettel believes that this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix will provide a good reference about Formula 1's pecking order in 2016 - and where Ferrari stands within it. Vettel and Ferrari have had a mixed campaign so far, securing podium finishes in Australia and China but failing to start in Bahrain due to a power unit problem. Vettel's Russian Grand Prix was also truncated after twice being hit by Daniil Kvyat on the first lap, the latter touch proving terminal to the German's hopes. The […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Williams hoping to translate testing form

Williams chief Pat Symonds is hopeful that the outfit can translate its form from testing into pace at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. All eight days of pre-season testing took place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Williams displaying encouraging pace earlier in the year. Williams has yet to finish on the podium in 2016 and occupies fourth in the Constructors' championship, but Symonds is hopeful of an upturn in form this weekend. "It is a circuit that is very reactive to climatic conditions, even […]