Published On: Sun, Aug 16th, 2020

Spanish Grand Prix 2020 LIVE: Updates as Lewis Hamilton on pole, Max Verstappen favourite | F1 | Sport

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1.20pm: Russell says Williams need to get to the bottom of what’s holding them back after he qualified down in 18th for today’s race.

“I was pretty pleased with the qualifying session, as we were a long way off our competitors in Free Practice,” said Russell. “I was happy with our performance step but nevertheless, we need to understand where our Saturday pace has gone.

“With these hot track conditions we are struggling to get the tyres in the right window. It’s a bit strange as on paper, this circuit should suit us better than the last two weekends at Silverstone. We need to look deep into it, understand where our good pace has gone, and rectify it.”

1.15pm: Bottas can give his title hopes a real boost with victory today and he says the drive behind his desire to do well has not changed since he was a youngster.

“For me I find the motivation is the goal that I have in my career and that dream and goal that I set to myself as a young kid so that gives me motivation, that keeps me pushing myself for more and yeah, when there’s tough times in the end, there’s always that same reason that gets me to get up and move and try to do things better,” said Bottas. “That’s producing it for me.”

1.10pm: Verstappen is keen to live up to his “favourite” tag and follow up last weekend’s victory at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

“Well, I felt very happy in the long run yesterday, with the balance of the car and the wear of the tyres as well,” said Verstappen.

“But yeah, tomorrow again, is a new day and we’ll have to try and show it again. Of course, I hope that I can be close to them and put the pressure on.”

1.05pm: Hamilton starts on the front row for the 150th time in his F1 career and he’s delighted Mercedes keep pushing to reach new heights.

“I don’t think we have plateaued at the top with the championships we have, we continuously get better each year, as people see,” said Hamilton.

“I’ve been saying for a long time that I am a chink in the chain, without realising that chink is not actually a good thing. I’m just another link in the big chain of so many people and I just try to play my part as best I can.”

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1pm: Antonio Giovinazzi brings up the rear at the 50th Spanish Grand Prix. But it’s not all bad news for Alfa Romeo, after Kimi Raikkonen got out of Q1 and qualified in 14th at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Williams’ Nicholas Latifi joins Giovinazzi on the last row, with team-mate George Russell and Haas’ Romain Grosjean just ahead of him. Renault’s Esteban Ocon almost collided with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during Free Practice 3 and they’re next to each other on the starting grid this afternoon.

Daniel Ricciardo will be disappointed to be joining Raikkonen on the seventh row. The Aussie endured a race-changing spin at last week’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix and will be desperate to avoid a repeat of that incident, which he compared to some of Vettel’s recent woes.

Vettel was just two milliseconds off a place in Q3 and will line up next to AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat. Let’s see if that new Ferrari chassis can give him an edge in today’s race, which is the 30th F1 meet in Montmelo.

12.45pm: Hello and welcome to Express Sport‘s live coverage of the Spanish Grand Prix! Lewis Hamilton starts on pole for a fifth time at the Circuit de Catalunya and we’re in for a frenetic start to proceedings today.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is banking on making it down to the first corner ahead of the Brit, while Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen will be desperate to pile on the pressure from the very start. Toto Wolff has branded Verstappen the “favourite” for victory thanks to his performance on the long runs on Friday.

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Racing Point will be represented by Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll following the Mexican’s return from his coronavirus lay-off. They qualified in fourth and fifth respectively, with Verstappen’s team-mate Alex Albon completing the third row next to the Canadian.

Home favourite Carlos Sainz starts from seventh on the grid, with McLaren co-star Lando Norris qualifying eighth. Ferrari‘s Charles Leclerc and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly round off the top 10, with Sebastian Vettel squeezed out in Q2 yesterday.

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