Spanish Grand Prix qualifying served as a reminder of Mercedes’ dominance this season as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton locked out the front of the grid.
The duo occupy the top two positions in the F1 World Drivers’ Championship standings and will be eager to ram home their advantage at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start the race in third, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and the German’s team-mate Charles Leclerc in fourth and fifth respectively.
Fans will be hoping to see a hard-fought race in the midfield as well, with Haas, Toro Rosso and McLaren looking set to go head-to-head for the final points-winning positions.
Sebastian Vettel could not hide his disappointment on Saturday having failed to upset the apple cart and show he can be the man to end Mercedes’ flawless start to the campaign.
“It seems to be more than an Achilles heel,” Vettel said, when asked about Ferrari’s lack of speed. “I spoke to Valtteri and they were happy with the car.
“We got everything out of the car in the first run. I’m happy, but not happy. The car does not feel bad, but we’re not quick enough.”
Vettel’s long-time rival Lewis Hamilton, though, was not fully with the performance he delivered despite qualifying in second.
“Firstly, great job to Valtteri,” Hamilton said, giving a nod to his standing-leading team-mate.
“The final laps in Q3 just weren’t strong enough. Ultimately, I didn’t do the job.
“It’s great to have another Mercedes 1-2, if I can reverse it that would be great.”
Express Sport is here to explain how fans can see watch Hamilton and co. as they look to make their respective marks at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Spanish Grand Prix live stream – How to watch for free
Spanish Grand Prix coverage in the UK will be provided on Sky Sports’ dedicated F1 channel.
Subscribers to the channel can watch the action for free online via Sky Go and the Sky Sports app.
Alternatively, non-subscribers can tune into the action at a small cost via the NowTV service.
A day pass, allowing access to all of Sky Sports’ channels for 24 hours, is available for £8.99.
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