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Spanish GP: Bottas leads Verstappen by 0.033s in FP1

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led Red Bull's Max Verstappen by 0.033s in a disrupted first practice session for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton third.

Live: Follow Spanish GP practice as it happens Spanish GP
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Live: Follow Spanish GP practice as it happens

Follow all the action from the Spanish Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Vettel: ‘Wasted opportunity’ if Aston Martin writes off 2021 season

Sebastian Vettel believes it would be a “wasted opportunity” if Aston Martin wrote off its 2021 season and switched full focus to next year’s Formula 1 car.

Lost F1 tracks: The madness of Montjuic Park

Decades before the Spanish Grand Prix found a permanent home in Montmelo, Barcelona’s daunting Montjuic street circuit was one of the most feared venues on the Formula 1 calendar.

Raikkonen reveals his son teased him over F1 Portuguese GP crash

Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that he was teased by his son Robin over the crash that put him out of last weekend’s Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix.

Perez using Verstappen's car set-up to avoid getting "lost"

Sergio Perez has revealed that he is following Max Verstappen’s set-up direction to avoid getting ‘lost’, as he gets to grips with his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Verstappen: Mercedes still holds F1 energy deployment advantage

Mercedes still holds an advantage with the energy deployment of its Formula 1 engine, despite Honda’s gains in overall power, reckons Max Verstappen.

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Barcelona is hosting the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this weekend. Here's how you can watch the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying from your country.

Verstappen: Understandable Mercedes staff want Red Bull challenge

Max Verstappen believes it is "understandable" that the Mercedes staff who have signed to join Red Bull’s new Formula 1 powertrains division are seeking a new challenge.

Can F1's standout performer of 2021 keep up his charge?

After an impressive start to his 2021 Formula 1 season, Lando Norris currently splits the Mercedes and Red Bull domination in the early drivers’ standings. While the McLaren driver has played down the likelihood of maintaining that position, his team remains optimistic that his form can lead to greater success

Bottas hits out at "bullshit" mid-season dropping suggestion

Valtteri Bottas hit back at a suggestion Mercedes could replace him midway through the 2021 Formula 1 season, calling it "bullshit" and saying "only one team does that".

Red Bull signs five more Mercedes F1 engine staff Spanish GP
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Red Bull signs five more Mercedes F1 engine staff

Red Bull has signed five more senior Mercedes engine staff to help drive forward its new power unit push in Formula 1.

Alonso: Early F1 season struggles overblown by media

Fernando Alonso suggests too much is being made of Formula 1 drivers at new teams struggling in 2021 and asks observers not to over-analyse his early results with Alpine. 

Spanish GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Barcelona

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

The day Ayrton Senna failed to qualify for a grand prix

Ayrton Senna’s ultra successful Formula 1 career marked him out as one of grand prix racing’s greats.

Hamilton wins third Laureus Award for social activism

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has won a third Laureus Award, receiving the new Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award for his activism against inequality.

F1 drivers react to 2021 Barcelona track changes

Several Formula 1 drivers have discussed the Barcelona track alteration, with some feeling it could improve overtaking into Turn 1 at the expense of passes at the reprofiled Turn 10.

Williams rear end issue hampered Russell’s F1 race in Portimao

George Russell says that his Williams Formula 1 team discovered an issue with his car that contributed to his struggles in last weekend's Portuguese GP.

Hamilton: People need to give Bottas a break

Lewis Hamilton believes that Valtteri Bottas’s critics “need to give him a break”, saying that Mercedes currently has the best line-up on the Formula 1 grid.

Verstappen: F1 needs better solution for track limits

Max Verstappen believes Formula 1 needs to "find a solution" to better police track limits, saying that a "hard limit" would be better to judge than a white line.

Steiner: Criticism from F1 rivals shouldn't affect Mazepin

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner believes his rookie driver Nikita Mazepin shouldn't be affected by the ample criticism he receives by his colleagues.

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Prime

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.

2021 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix session timings and preview

Formula 1 travels to Barcelona this weekend for the fourth round of the 2021 season. Scroll down to view the full schedule for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Who are the richest people in Formula 1?

Formula 1 is a sport that arguably consumes money like no other on the planet. The sums involved are vast and, to be a player, you have to have access to some serious cash.

Verstappen's Portimao F1 errors not concerning Red Bull Portuguese GP
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Verstappen's Portimao F1 errors not concerning Red Bull

Red Bull insists it has no concerns over Max Verstappen’s run of small errors that hurt his Formula 1 victory hopes in Portugal last weekend.

How McLaren hopes to help F1 with its secret ballots call
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How McLaren hopes to help F1 with its secret ballots call

After McLaren boss Zak Brown wrote an open letter detailing his thoughts on the direction that Formula 1 is taking, including the use of secret ballots, it opened up a wider discussion on the future direction of the championship and how it decides its rules.

Leclerc: Portimao qualifying shows I have a lot to learn

Charles Leclerc believes his performance in Formula 1 qualifying at Portimao last Saturday shows he still has “a lot to learn” despite receiving praise for his one-lap displays.

Williams recruitment drive part of Dorilton's "plan to innovate"

The Williams Formula 1 squad has begun a recruitment drive that team head of vehicle performance Dave Robson says is part of Dorilton Capital’s “plan to innovate” since taking over. 

Seidl: ‘Matter of time’ until Ricciardo is back at his best

Andreas Seidl believes it is just a “matter of time” until Daniel Ricciardo returns to his peak level of performance after a difficult start to the season with McLaren.

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Prime

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.

Former Renault F1 chief Abiteboul reveals new motorsport role Spanish GP
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Former Renault F1 chief Abiteboul reveals new motorsport role

Former Renault Formula 1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul has revealed his next steps in motorsport following his surprise departure from the French car manufacturer earlier this year.

Grosjean to test Mercedes F1 title-winner at Paul Ricard
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Grosjean to test Mercedes F1 title-winner at Paul Ricard

Romain Grosjean will make his return to Formula 1 machinery next month when he completes a test day with Mercedes at Paul Ricard, seven months on from his fiery accident.

Track limits making F1 battle "too controversial" - Montoya Spanish GP
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Track limits making F1 battle "too controversial" - Montoya

Formula 1's ongoing debate over track limits is making the title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen "too controversial", reckons former grand prix driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Seidl: Norris can break Mercedes/Red Bull championship lock out

Lando Norris has a chance of breaking the top four Mercedes/Red Bull lock out in the Formula 1 driver standings this year, reckons his team boss Andreas Seidl.

Haas vows to improve communication after Mazepin/Perez near-miss

Haas has vowed to improve communication with its drivers to warn them when they are about to be lapped, after Nikita Mazepin's latest error in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

The different rear wing approach that helped Hamilton win

Lewis Hamilton's storming charge to victory in the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix showed again his brilliance at overtaking and tyre management.

Wolff may reconsider Bottas radio messages after pace 'flatlined'

Toto Wolff says he may need to reconsider his in-race radio messages to Valtteri Bottas after the Mercedes Formula 1 driver's pace "flatlined" when chasing Max Verstappen at Portimao.

Vettel to get Aston Martin upgrades at Spanish GP Spanish GP
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Vettel to get Aston Martin upgrades at Spanish GP

The upgrade package trialled by Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll in Portugal will also be run by his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the Spanish GP this weekend.

Kubica gets Barcelona FP1 outing with Alfa Romeo Spanish GP
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Kubica gets Barcelona FP1 outing with Alfa Romeo

Robert Kubica will drive for Alfa Romeo in the opening Formula 1 practice session for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix and will conduct Alfa’s Pirelli test running after the event. 

Sainz: Tyre graining cost possible top-five finish at Portimao

Carlos Sainz believes a top-five finish was possible for Ferrari at Portimao had it not been for his unexpected Formula 1 tyre struggles that left him 11th.

O’Ward excited by Formula 1 test but "heart's with IndyCar" Texas
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O’Ward excited by Formula 1 test but "heart's with IndyCar"

Texas IndyCar winner Pato O’Ward says he will hold McLaren CEO Zak Brown to his promise of a post-season test in a Formula 1 car, but isn't actively seeking an opportunity to switch series.

Wolff: "Exceptional" displays now Hamilton's standard in F1

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes it “makes no sense” to discuss Lewis Hamilton’s “exceptional” Formula 1 performances, saying they are now his regular standard.

Alonso: "Anger" over qualifying led to Portimao charge

Fernando Alonso says his "anger" over struggling in qualifying led to his charge through the Formula 1 field at Portimao to finish eighth for Alpine.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Portuguese GP

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes showed steel in recovering from third to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Autosport assesses the weekend's major talking points, as hopes of redemption for Mercedes' number two were dashed, track limits again were a topic of debate and tension over budget cap sanctions emerged

Red Bull: Perez not used to disturb Hamilton at Portimao Portuguese GP
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Red Bull: Perez not used to disturb Hamilton at Portimao

Red Bull insists its decision to extend Sergio Perez's tyre stint in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix was not because it wanted him to disturb race winner Lewis Hamilton.

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Why the FIA doesn't buy Red Bull's track limits gripes
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Why the FIA doesn't buy Red Bull's track limits gripes

Red Bull could not hide its annoyance after the Portuguese Grand Prix that Max Verstappen had lost the extra Formula 1 fastest lap point for abusing track limits.

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warm-up. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Sensor issue caused Bottas's power loss in Portuguese GP

Valtteri Bottas's hopes of catching Max Verstappen for second in the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix were dashed by a sensor issue that caused his engine to enter safety mode.

Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen in Portugal

Lewis Hamilton passed title rivals Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas to win the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao for Mercedes on Sunday, the third race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Raikkonen takes blame for Portimao crash with Giovinazzi

Kimi Raikkonen has taken responsibility for colliding with Alfa Romeo Formula 1 teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in the Portuguese Grand Prix, explaining he was distracted changing switches on his steering wheel.

Verstappen: Losing point for fastest lap was "odd" Portuguese GP
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Verstappen: Losing point for fastest lap was "odd"

Max Verstappen called it “odd” to lose his Formula 1 fastest lap bonus point at Portimao, having incorrectly believed that track limits were not being monitored at Turn 14.

FIA rejects Alfa Romeo's review of Raikkonen's Imola penalty

Alfa Romeo's review into Kimi Raikkonen's 30-second time penalty that cost him a points finish at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix has been rejected and the penalty maintained.

Hamilton explains costly "split-second" glance at restart

Lewis Hamilton says a “split second” glance checking Max Verstappen at Formula 1’s 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix restart let then-leader Valtteri Bottas escape and meant the Red Bull overtook him.

Marko says "something has to change" on F1 track limits

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes "something has to change" with Formula 1's track limits system after Max Verstappen was denied a fastest lap bonus point at Portimao.

Portuguese GP: Hamilton passes Verstappen, Bottas to win Portuguese GP
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Portuguese GP: Hamilton passes Verstappen, Bottas to win

Lewis Hamilton won Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, the world champion passing both in the early stages before dominating to the finish.

The Portuguese GP as it happened

All of the action from the F1 Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao

Vettel: Aston Martin "cannot be too greedy" in Portugal

Sebastian Vettel says that the Aston Martin Formula 1 team “cannot get too greedy” after logging his best qualifying performance of the season in Portugal.

How Sainz beat Formula 1's new driver curse

The struggles of some very talented drivers to adapt to their new Formula 1 teams has been a major talking point thus far in 2021, but Carlos Sainz appears to be bucking that trend.