See you tomorrow at 3 p.m.!
Thank you to everyone who followed this qualifying session live on the RMC Sport website. See you tomorrow at 3pm for the grand start of this Spanish Grand Prix. A big fight is expected between Max Verstappen’s RedBulls and Charles Leclerc’s Ferraris. Good late afternoon!
Q3 – Charles Leclerc’s reaction after taking pole
“I feel very good. It was a difficult session, mainly because I made a mistake. I only had one lap but it went extremely well. The car is exceptional. We’re in the best position tomorrow, but I am careful.” RedBulls who handle the tires well on the long stints. We have to have the upper hand there. We will try to drive a double with Carlos, that would be great for the team.”
Q3 – Leclerc receives the trophy from… Carlos Sainz
It was local legend Carlos Sainz Sr. (three-time Dakar winner) who presented Charles Leclerc, his son’s teammate at the Scuderia, with the pole position trophy.
Q3 – The rest of the grid
11. Lando Norris
12. Esteban Ocon
13. Yuki Tsunoda
17. Fernando Alonso
18. Lance walk
19. Alex Albon
20. Nicholas Latifi
Q3 – Ocon’s impressive statement
Disappointing 12th on the grid Esteban Ocon hopes to make up a few places thanks to penalties: “It’s difficult, complicated. We expected more performance than we showed. The tires overheated at the end of the lap, we missed that. I’ve got several sets of new tires for tomorrow, so there’s a bit of hope for a top 10. I think after this qualifying there will be a lot of research that maybe we can use.”
Q3 – The Mercedes a notch behind
The Silver Arrows are still in good shape in the tests, but remain in the shadow of the Ferraris and the Red Bulls. Lewis Hamilton will start from 6th place while his young teammate Russell will start on the second row (4th).
Q3 – Pole position for Charles Leclerc
Pole position for Charles Leclerc (1:18.750)! He signed a cannon time ahead of Verstappen. Despite his mistake, the Monegasque signed one hell of a round on his only opportunity. Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz start in 2nd and 3rd place.
Q3 – engine problem at Verstappen!
Everything collapses for the Dutchman! He is the victim of an engine problem and is dealing with a lack of power.
Q3 – Leclerc ahead of Verstappen
The Monegasque strikes a blow by beating the Dutchman’s nevertheless excellent time (1:18.750).
Q3 – The Mercedes in trouble
In 4th and 5th place, Russell and Hamilton were almost half a second behind Verstappen before the start of the second wave.
Q3 – Verstappen’s canon time!
Max Verstappen broke the clock and set a remarkable lap (1:19.073). Carlos Sainz is hot on his heels with 35 hundredths. Perez is currently 3rd while Leclerc is tentatively 10th after his error.
Q3 – Leclerc makes a mistake!
Charles Leclerc made a mistake! The Monegasse spun in the last chicane. The Ferrari driver comes into the pits. He only has one chance for pole.
Q3 – The serious things begin!
Beginning of Q1! Who will take pole position and start from the front row at tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix? Answer in ten minutes!
Q2 – Max Verstappen sets the record straight
Verstappen took over the best time from Carlos Sainz on the very last lap and erased his average time of 1:19.219, two tenths more than the Spaniard.
Q2 – Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon are eliminated
It’s over for Gasly and Ocon who couldn’t improve their times. Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda and Guanyu Zhou will also miss Q3. Gasly starts at position 14, while Ocon is 12th.
Q2 – Ocon and Gasly in jeopardy
Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly are in bad shape at the moment. Gasly is more than a second behind Russell before returning to the track for one last try. The French need to improve their time to see Q1.
Q2 – Verstappen only 6th
Max Verstappen surprising 6th more than six tenths ahead of Russell. Surprisingly poor performance for the reigning world champion. He still has six minutes to correct the situation.
Q2 – Russell ahead of Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time…which was just one second. His teammate Russell leads him by three tenths (1:19.470). Kevin Magnussen and his Haas are currently in fourth place.
Q2 – Start of Q2!
The Ferraris come out of the pit lane as leaders to try and get the best possible entry time and take cover as quickly as possible.
Aston Martin copies the RedBull?
The Aston Martins, both eliminated in Q1, are at the center of a controversy in the paddock. Lawrence Stroll’s team is suspected of copying the work of the RedBulls, particularly for the single-seater’s flat bottom.
Q1 – Leclerc back in front
Charles Leclerc ended Q1 in the lead (1:19.861) ahead of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen.
On the French side, Pierre Gasly (13th) and Esteban Ocon (15th) were eliminated from this Q1 at the last minute.
0:00 – It’s already over for Latifi, Albon, Stroll, Alonso and Vettel
On the final laps, Pierre Gasly pulled out of the red zone to set the 13th fastest time. He made way for Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, who were eliminated in Q1.
2:00 – Riders still awaiting waivers return to track
Albon, Stroll and Schumacher take to the track to take Q2. The mission promises to be complicated for these pilots.
6:00 – Runway exit for Checo Perez
Checo Perez, currently 7th, went off the track. The Mexican turned in the Catalan gravel. As a precaution, he was able to enter his stand. His place in Q2 is currently not in jeopardy.
6:30 – Latifi, Schumacher, Gasly, Stroll and Albon in the red
All pilots have a time on the clock. As it stands, Latifi, Schumacher, Gasly, Stroll and Albon are in the red and eliminated for now.
7:00 – The Mercedes in the ambush
George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are fourth and fifth, four tenths behind Leclerc.
8:30 – Verstappen in the lead…then beaten by the Ferraris
Thanks to Perez’s undertow, Max Verstappen was able to grab valuable tenths that propelled him to the front of this Q1.
The Ferraris responded rebelliously: Sainz and Leclerc set the two best times for the Monegasque with 1:19.861.
11:55 – Best time for Perez
First reference time for Sergio Perez (RedBull) with 1:20.447. The Mexican takes the opportunity to suckle his teammate Max Verstappen.
Difficult conditions in Barcelona
After the blast furnace in Miami, the drivers will still have to deal with the heat. It’s 34 degrees in the air and 47 degrees on the track in Barcelona. Organizations are put to the test again.
Let’s go to the Q1!
Guanyu Zhou is the first to leave the pit lane. Closely followed by Gasly and Tsunoda. The other drivers prepare themselves in the garages.
Pierre Gasly finally ready for Q1
An uncertain timing to take part in this Q1, Frenchman Pierre Gasly will finally be able to defend his chances. The Alpha Tauri driver did not take part in the third round of free practice after the engine overheated in the late morning.
Lewis Hamilton on Mercedes’ progress
“It’s positive, I’m very happy with the progress. I would like to thank everyone at the factory. We’re not among the fastest yet, but we’re making progress.”
Charles Leclerc best time in EL3
Before the first qualifying round, which starts at 4 p.m., Charles Leclerc was the fastest in the third and final free practice session in Barcelona. The Monegasse is 7 tenths ahead of Max Verstappen and one tenth ahead of George Russell. Great fight for these qualifications!
When Charles Leclerc damaged Niki Lauda’s car
Charles Leclerc, present at last Sunday’s Monaco Historic Grand Prix, found himself at the wheel of the 1974 Ferrari 312 B3 driven by Austrian legend Niki Lauda.
After a mechanical defect, the Monegasque lost control of the car in the La Rascasse corner and sent it into the guardrail.
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Heading for a Ferrari/Mercedes duel?
During Friday’s free practice session, Ferrari showed its advantage at the Catalan circuit. Charles Leclerc finished first in both sessions ahead of Carlos Sainz in the first and ahead of the two Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton in the second. The RedBulls are a step behind and await qualifying this afternoon.
The ranking of the pilots after 7 races
1. Charles Leclerc (MON) 104 pts
2. Max Verstappen (NED) 85
3. Sergio Perez (MEX) 66
4. George Russell (GBR) 59
5. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 53
6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 36
7. Lando Norris (GBR) 35
8. Valtteri Bottas (END) 30
9. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 24
10. Kevin Magnussen (CAVE) 15
11 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 11
12.Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 10
13.Pierre Gasly (FRA) 6th
14. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 4th
15.Sebastian Vettel (GER) 4th
16. Alexander Albon (THA) 2
17.Zhou Guanyu (CHN) 1st
18. Lance walk (CAN) 1
19 Mick Schumacher (GER) 0
20. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) 0
21 Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 0
New York also wants its Grand Prix
After the success of the Miami GP, New York also wants to host an F1 race. Its Mayor Eric Adams contacted the head of Liberty Media to offer him a location.
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Welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Spanish GP, the eighth meeting of the season at the Barcelona circuit. The start of Q1 is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.