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16 Aug 16:49 Thank you for tuning in. See you in two weeks time for the Belgian Grand Prix.
16 Aug 16:47 Hamilton wins!
16 Aug 16:46 It's the final lap and Hamilton is making his way to the finish line.
16 Aug 16:39 Albon is chasing Vettel down, with only 1.5sec between them.
16 Aug 16:37 Vettel under pressure from Sainz for sixth place. Will the tyres on that Ferrari hold up for the final six laps?
16 Aug 16:32 Hamilton just passed fourth-placed Perez again. Every driver, bar Verstappen and Bottas, have been lapped by Hamilton.
16 Aug 16:29 With 13 laps remaining, will Vettel be able to make to the end of the race with tyres that are, at the moment, some 28 laps old?
16 Aug 16:28 Vettel and his Ferrari team having a bit of a tiff after being told that he must go to the race on his current set of tyres.
16 Aug 16:25 Hamilton rejoins the race with a 10sec lead over Verstappen.
16 Aug 16:24 However, the championship leader asks for one more lap and is heading into the pits now.
16 Aug 16:23 And hamilton is called into the pits. He is 32sec ahead of Verstappen, so should comfortably rejoin at the front of the race.
16 Aug 16:22 Did you know that Hamilton had just lapped fourth-placed Sergio Perez?
16 Aug 16:19 The sole remaining Ferrari, Vettel, is currently running in fifth place.
16 Aug 16:18 Bottas is struggling with his left front tyre, but the team is keeping him out for another lap or two.
16 Aug 16:09 Hamilton has eked out a gap of 8.5sec over Verstappen. That's quite an advantage.
16 Aug 16:08 Leclerc is the first and only retirement of the race so far.
16 Aug 16:07 Coming out of the final chicane, Leclerc's engine cut out, which locked the rear axle; sending him spinning out of the race.
16 Aug 16:06 Leclerc is out of the race, saying his engine cut out.
16 Aug 16:06 Leclerc is out!
16 Aug 16:04 Ocon just paid the pits a visit and rejoins in 18th place.
16 Aug 16:02 Leclerc is running in 12th place, but has no answer to Norris' pace in 11th.
16 Aug 15:59 Lance Stroll defends against team mate Sergio Perez.
16 Aug 15:55 Carlos Sainz passes Albon for 11th place. Next up is Renault's Esteban Ocon.
16 Aug 15:53 With new tyres, Bottas is 1.5sec behind Verstappen. Will Mercedes be trying anything to get their driver ahead of the Red Bull man?
16 Aug 15:48 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel are in sixth and seventh places, 20 and 27sec behind Hamilton, respectively.
16 Aug 15:47 Hamilton is in the pits, Mercedes fitting him with the Medium tyre. The same for Bottas on the same lap.
16 Aug 15:46 Carlos Sainz takes on an interesting strategy. McLaren fitted him with another set of Soft tyres.
16 Aug 15:44 Verstappen makes his stop and Red Bull fits the Medium tyre on his car.
16 Aug 15:44 Verstappen complaining about his tyres, but Red Bull is keeping him out.
16 Aug 15:38 Hamilton leads Verstappen by 4.6sec, and Bottas can't get closer to the Red Bull driver.
16 Aug 15:35 Kvyat using DRS to close in on Vettel and comes ever closer to passing the four-times F1 champion.
16 Aug 15:32 Sebastian Vettel is under attack from AlphaTauri driver, Daniil Kvyat.
16 Aug 15:29 Bottas' team radio: His tyres are still good for the set amount of planned laps, plus an extra one.
16 Aug 15:23 Hamilton, it seems, is not taking too much out of his tyres. He is maintaining a gap of 1.5sec over Verstappen.
16 Aug 15:22 Bottas is back into third place, having passed both Racing Points after a poor start.
16 Aug 15:18 Lewis Hamilton has a gap of 1.6sec over Max Vertstappen, who is 1.6sec ahead of Stroll.
16 Aug 15:15 Charles Leclerc is ahead of Lando Norris, but is being hounded by the young Englishman for ninth pace.
16 Aug 15:14 And we're off! Hamilton leads from Verstappen and Lance Stroll.
16 Aug 15:14 Drivers are lining up for the start of the race. 
16 Aug 15:10 It was at this very that Max Verstappen got his first win in 2016.
16 Aug 15:08 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2020 Spanish GP.
15 Aug 16:04 Thank you for joining us. See you tomorrow for the race!
12:34 Well then, business as usual for Mercedes with another comfortable one-two finish here in FP1. Join us in a few hours for FP2 when the other nine teams should start to turn the engines up a little.
12:33 Sainz finishes P11, followed by Ocon, Norris, Gasly, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Latifi and Nissany.
12:32 Leclerc, Vettel, Grosjean, Perez, Albon, Magnussen and Stroll complete the top 10.
12:31 And that's session over, Bottas is fastest, 0.039s ahead of Hamilton. Verstappen finishes 0.939s behind in P3. All fastest times were set on the softs for the top three.
12:30 Red Bull confirm no issue for Albon, they just lost a signal.
12:27 Perez gets a little confused by the flashing lights on Nissany's Williams, the team remind him that it's the new "young driver light".
12:20 10 minutes to go, Bottas remains on top with Mercedes almost a second clear in FP1.
12:15 Russell isn't having FP1 off after all, he is operating the lolly pop to guide team-mate Latifi into his pit box.
12:14 Bottas says he hit a bird in flight that came very close to touching his crash helmet. Could have been dangerous.
12:04 Albon is told to "slow the car" with Red Bull telling him they "may have a problem". He is down in P17.
12:03 Verstappen has switched onto the softs but he is still 0.9s down on Mercedes. Leclerc has gone P3 with team-mate Vettel very close behind in P4.
11:59 Nissany has gone for a spin in the Williams on the back straight.
11:55 AlphaTauri are working hard on the push rods of Gasly's car.
11:54 Mercedes crank it up now on the soft rubber. Bottas goes fastest with a 1:16.785, Hamilton is just 0.039s behind. Haas are P3 and P4, headed by Grosjean who is 1.5s down on the Mercedes duo.
11:50 40 minutes to go in the session, it's a good old Mercedes one-two with Hamilton topping the session as it stands after setting a 1:18.516 on his C1s.
11:39 Perez moves up to P3 with a 1:18.6, Verstappen is half a second off the pace in P4 but he is running the hard tyres. Perez's time was set on the softs.
11:33 That W11 looked unusually twitchy on that flying lap for Hamilton, he goes into P2 on the hard tyres, half a second down on team-mate Bottas.
11:28 A mini race there between Hamilton and Stroll into the final chicane, but Hamilton gives and then turns off into the pit lane.
11:27 Albon is complaining of the car feeling "sharp" turning in to corners, then saying his RB16 "understeers" a lot.
11:26 Perez moves into P5 as he works his way back up to speed after missing the last two races.
11:23 P9 for Albon after his first run, behind the Williams of Nicholas Latifi.
11:22 Bottas takes 0.999s out of Verstappen's time as he goes fastest, but on the medium C2 tyres.
11:20 And Max sets a 1:19.574 as his team-mate Albon heads out, those wires must all be in the right places now.
11:17 Ah finally, cars back on the track. 2016 Spanish Grand Prix winner Verstappen has ventured out on the hard tyres.
11:11 All pretty quiet at the moment. Red Bull have been pulling a load of wires out of Alex Albon's car.
11:05 Leclerc has the aero rakes attached to the rear wing of his SF1000 for his first stint.
11:02 Sebastian Vettel heads out straight away on the C1 hard tyres. Those are the hardest compound in the Pirelli range and will probably be the tyre of choice come race day due to the demanding conditions. The C2s are the mediums and C3s the softs for this weekend.
11:00 There's the green light, FP1 is underway! We have a 35c track temperature already. Roy Nissany will be behind the wheel of George Russell's FW43 for this session.
10:55 Right then, five minutes to go until FP1 kicks-off the Spanish Grand Prix. Mercedes have led every practice session here since 2016, so that's one hell of a trend to break for their rivals.
10:53 Speaking of tension, there is certainly some of it surrounding the returning Sergio Perez. A huge welcome back to the Racing Point driver and it's great to hear he has now fully recovered from COVID-19. But, some of the reports surrounding what he did during his visit to Mexico have irked him. He will not accept any blame for catching the virus.
10:50 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc said that a "quali mode" ban would be "only positive" for them. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel is searching for any positive right now, but denied there is growing "tension" between himself and the team, whilst adding that there have been no conversations about a mid-season split.
10:45 This weekend could be the last that Mercedes have with their "party mode". The FIA are planning to ban qualifying engine modes, and that could come into effect from 2021, or as soon as the Belgian Grand Prix in two weeks' time. Of course Mercedes' rivals are totally onboard with the idea, whilst Hamilton said it's an attempt to slow Mercedes down.
10:40 Verstappen himself isn't prepared to start proclaiming that Red Bull have got a grip on the Silver Arrows, but he must fancy his chances here in Barcelona after seeing how badly they struggled with tyres last weekend in the heat. But, let's not forget the compounds are a step harder this weekend.
10:35 Mercedes were wounded at the 70th Anniversary GP as Max Verstappen took the win, but will there be a repeat this weekend? The weather is set fine again and Mercedes will not be looking forward to keeping their tyres happy.
10:30 Hello and welcome, the Spanish Grand Prix weekend begins here at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in just 30 minutes time with FP1. All times are local.
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.785 - 5
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.824 0.039 4
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:17.724 0.939 6
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.970 1.185 6
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.981 1.196 6
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.291 1.506 4
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:18.471 1.686 4
8 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:18.606 1.821 5
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.620 1.835 4
10 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:18.643 1.858 4
11 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:18.733 1.948 4
12 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:18.736 1.951 6
13 Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.744 1.959 6
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:18.888 2.103 5
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.917 2.132 6
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.981 2.196 6
17 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:19.145 2.360 4
18 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:19.230 2.445 5
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:20.334 3.549 7
20 Roy Nissany Williams 1:20.664 3.879 5
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