Spanish GP (2017)

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Mercedes: Spanish GP engine failure was never seen before

A never-previously seen problem with the turbo on his Formula 1 engine caused Valtteri Bottas to retire from the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes has revealed.

Massa column: Alonso clash cost us fourth place

In his latest column, Felipe Massa reflects on another difficult weekend for him and his Williams team in Spain.

Bottas: It was my job to hold Vettel up

Valtteri Bottas insists it was his "job" and "mission" to hold Sebastian Vettel up in the middle phase of the Spanish Grand Prix so he could help teammate Lewis Hamilton make up time.

Ferrari fan gesture unlikely under previous F1 owners - Carey

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey believes getting a young Ferrari fan to meet Kimi Raikkonen during the Spanish Grand Prix was an example of how the sport's approach has changed under new ownership.

McLaren admits Alonso strategy could've been better

McLaren Technology Group COO Jonathan Neale admits that the Woking-based team's strategy calls with Fernando Alonso in the Spanish GP could have worked out better.

Hamilton gives up on drinks bottle to save weight

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he is not carrying a drinks bottle in his Formula 1 car this year in a bid to help save weight.

Red Bull says 75-second gap in Spain not true picture

Red Bull thinks the 75-second deficit between Daniel Ricciardo and the front of the Formula 1 field at the Spanish Grand Prix was not representative of its true pace.

Wehrlein not to blame for pit penalty, says Sauber

Sauber says a late call to pit Pascal Wehrlein under the Formula 1 virtual safety car in the Spanish GP created the circumstances for the German to get penalised.

Kvyat blames Magnussen for Spanish GP clash

Daniil Kvyat said it was "clear-cut" that Kevin Magnussen was to blame for their collision in the Spanish Grand Prix, insisting the Haas Formula 1 driver drove into him.

Analysis: How Mercedes had to use all its tricks to topple Ferrari

Strategy played a large part in the Spanish GP, but rather than the contenders fighting it out in the pits the tactical deviations led to some stunning on-track battles.

Spanish GP: Top 25 photos from the race offers a selection of 25 photos from the Spanish GP, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Spanish GP: Post-race press conference

DRIVERS: Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing)

Five things we learned from the Spanish GP’s Global Editor-in-Chief Charles Bradley gives his views on a surprisingly spectacular Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.

"Magic call" crucial to Hamilton victory - Wolff

Toto Wolff says Mercedes Formula 1 team's strategists made a "magic call" in pitting Lewis Hamilton late under Virtual Safety Car, which helped the Briton defeat Sebastian Vettel in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Force India handed 25,000 euro suspended fine

The Force India F1 team has been given a suspended fine of 25,000 euro after the FIA stewards deemed that its car numbers failed to comply with the new interpretation of the sporting regulations.

Losing to year-old Ferrari engine "a desperate situation" - Sainz

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz says his car's Renault engine did not stack up well against rival team Sauber's year-old Ferrari power unit in the Spanish GP, calling it "a desperate situation".

Alonso: Strong result unlikely even without Massa collision

Fernando Alonso admitted he is unsure he would have scored points in the Spanish Grand Prix even without his first-lap incident.

Bottas "block" cost me "an awful lot of time" - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel feels he lost "an awful lot of time" when Mercedes used Valtteri Bottas to "block" him during his Spanish Grand Prix battle with Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton: Vettel duel "the rawest" in recent memory

Lewis Hamilton says he loved having a “raw” fight for victory in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen, Verstappen blame Bottas for Turn 1 exits

Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen have both pointed the finger at Valtteri Bottas for their first-corner exits from the Spanish Grand Prix, but Bottas insists that he did not cause their collision “on purpose”.

Spanish GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Lewis Hamilton took his 55th career victory today - his second at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and second of the 2017 season.

Spanish GP: Hamilton beats Vettel in terrific duel

Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling battle with Sebastian Vettel to triumph in the Spanish Grand Prix and close the gap to his Formula 1 rival in the drivers’ standings.

Ferrari's new start system revealed at Spanish GP

Ferrari has overhauled its start system and copied rival Mercedes in a bid to help improve its getaway from the grid, can reveal.

Vandoorne confident he can get on Alonso's pace

Stoffel Vandoorne is confident he will be able to match McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso after having been overshadowed by the Spaniard so far this year.

Alonso needs “more than” 50bhp to contend for pole

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso thinks he would need more than 50bhp extra from his Honda engine to fight for pole position in Formula 1, despite qualifying seventh for the Spanish Grand Prix.  

Spanish GP: Post-qualifying press conference

DRIVERS: Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)

Hulkenberg says Renault form hurt by wind

Nico Hulkenberg believes the wind hurt his Renault team in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix after failing to reach Q3 for the first time in four races.

Raikkonen needs to "drive better" after qualifying "mess"

Kimi Raikkonen says he needs to drive better after making "a mess" of his Spanish Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying session.

Kvyat felt car was "driving on its own" en route to last

Daniil Kvyat says his Toro Rosso STR12 car felt like it was “driving on its own” as he struggled to a last-place finish in Spanish GP qualifying.

Verstappen: Red Bull has taken "massive" step forward

Max Verstappen believes his Red Bull F1 team has taken a "massive" step forward after qualifying closer to the leaders ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alonso says P7 a "gift" but wants trouble-free race

Fernando Alonso labelled his seventh place on the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix a "gift" after making it to Q3 for the first time this year.

Vettel rues last-gasp error that cost him Barcelona pole

Sebastian Vettel says his error at the final chicane on his best qualifying lap cost him pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.

Spanish GP: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 64th career pole position - his third in four years at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and third of the 2017 season.

Spanish GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to pole by 0.051s

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix, after a thrilling qualifying battle.

Spanish GP: Raikkonen heads Ferrari 1-2 in final practice

Kimi Raikkonen led a Ferrari one-two in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix as the Italian squad showed its speed again.

FIA extends main DRS zone for Spanish GP

The FIA has extended the main DRS zone at the Circuit de Catalunya in a bid to help overtaking at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Gallery: Key F1 tech spy shots at the Spanish GP

Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield get under the skin of the F1 tech war in the Barcelona paddock.

Pirelli lowers tyre pressures as load fears prove unfounded

Pirelli has lowered the minimum tyre pressures for the Spanish Grand Prix after concerns about higher downforce loadings proved to be unfounded.

Spanish GP: Friday's Press Conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault), Robert FERNLEY (Force India), Toto WOLFF (Mercedes), Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari), Christian HORNER (Red Bull), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber)

McLaren felt "disbelief" after Alonso engine failure

McLaren executive director Zak Brown said his team felt "disbelief" and "sadness" when Fernando Alonso suffered his engine failure on his first lap of practice at the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday.

Mercedes and Ferrari have made "identical step" - Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes and Ferrari have made “pretty much the identical step” with Formula 1 upgrade packages brought to the Spanish Grand Prix.

Vettel not feeling the "captain" of his Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel says he did not always feel like he was the "captain" of his Ferrari during a frustrating Friday practice for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix.

Red Bull has closed gap to Ferrari, say drivers

Red Bull Racing drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo reckon upgrades brought for the Spanish Grand Prix have seen the team close the gap to Ferrari, after a solid showing in Friday practice.

Spanish GP: Hamilton tops FP2 as Ferrari closes in

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton completed a Friday practice sweep at the Spanish GP, leading teammate Valtteri Bottas in the FP2 session.

Bottas must keep winning to avoid number two status - Massa

Felipe Massa says tha his former teammate Valtteri Bottas has to keep winning races to ensure that he’s not demoted to a supporting role for Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

Tech Analysis: What's behind the bold updates from Mercedes

The Mercedes W08 was already an extremely complex affair when it hit the track for pre-season testing, but as the team arrived in Barcelona it had ramped things up massively.

Spanish GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP1

Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes one-two in the opening Formula 1 practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, as McLaren-Honda suffered more engine woe.

Alonso suffers spectacular Honda failure on FP1 out-lap

Honda's hopes of progress in Formula 1 suffered a fresh setback in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday when Fernando Alonso's car stopped on an out-lap with a spectacular engine failure.

Spanish GP: Thursday's Press Conference

DRIVERS – Fernando ALONSO (McLaren), Carlos SAINZ (Toro Rosso), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari). Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull).

New bargeboards offer first glimpse of Red Bull upgrade

The first elements of Red Bull much-awaited upgrade for the Spanish Grand Prix appeared on Thursday, with heavily revised bargeboards appearing on the RB13.

Mercedes reveals radical scoop as part of major upgrade

Mercedes has revealed a major aerodynamic revamp of its W08 for the Spanish Grand Prix which includes a radical scoop vane on the nose of its Formula 1 car.

Hamilton confident Sochi struggles are behind him

Lewis Hamilton is confident there will be no repeat of his Sochi struggles in the Spanish Grand Prix, insisting Mercedes has a "good understanding" of what happened in Russia.

Massa says Williams' development "much better" in 2017

Felipe Massa says Williams is doing a much better job of developing its F1 car this year, and is bringing updates though much faster than in the past.

Grosjean loses coin toss to use Haas upgrades

Romain Grosjean will have to wait until Spanish Grand Prix final practice for the Haas Formula 1 team's latest upgrade, after losing a coin toss to teammate Kevin Magnussen.

Sauber delays majority of F1 upgrade to Monaco GP

Sauber has only brought part of its new Formula 1 upgrade to the Spanish Grand Prix, with the majority of the package delayed until Monaco. 

Perez: Pirelli hard tyre only good for 'pictures'

Sergio Perez believes that the hard tyre available to drivers for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix will only be good enough for ‘pictures’.

F1 reveals its plans for better fan experience

Formula 1 has revealed details about the host of new initiatives it is introducing for spectators from the Spanish Grand Prix as part of a new Fan Festival.

Renault to bring updated rear wing to Spain

Renault will bring an updated rear wing and new bargeboards for its Formula 1 car to this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Haas to stick with Brembo brakes for Spanish GP

The Haas Formula 1 team is planning to run Brembo brakes in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, as work on fixing its Russian GP cooling problems continues.

Lauda: F1 season starts from scratch in Spain

Formula 1's title battle will face a total reset from the Spanish Grand Prix, reckons Niki Lauda, with an upgrade push from the top three teams set to potentially change the competitive order.