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‘There’s plenty left in the tank’ – Verstappen bullish over Red Bull’s development plan in face of Ferrari upgrades
Ferrari are set to unleash the first major upgrade to their constructors’ championship-leading F1-75 this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix. But reigning champion Max Verstappen downplayed any concerns he had over his rivals’ upgrade plan, while talking up his own Red Bull team’s capacity to keep developing their RB18.
Driving into the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on a gloriously sunny Thursday morning, we were met by a large queue just outside the main gate. At the front, and the cause of the tailback, was Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard’s Ferrari Portafino had been swamped by fans, singing his name and jostling for a selfie or an autograph. Sainz did every single one.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is well known to all the drivers, both from previous races here, testing and often their junior days. But don’t for a second think they can drive this track in their sleep – nailing the short lap here still requires a huge amount of skill and attention to detail.
Kevin Magnussen made a sensational return to F1 at the start of this season with Haas – but Team Principal Guenther Steiner was briefly given cause to regret his decision to bring the Dane back into the fold when he was taken on a hot lap of the Charlotte Motor Speedway in a NASCAR-style stock car by Magnussen.
F1 TV ARCHIVE: The best ever wet-weather drive? Watch extended highlights of the classic 1996 Spanish GP
Was Michael Schumacher’s victory at the 1996 Spanish Grand Prix the greatest ever wet-weather drive? Quite possibly.
Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, Codemasters and EA Sports have released a video showing a hot lap of the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona that is set to be included in the all-new F1 22 game.
Carlos Sainz says he wants to make history and achieve one of his dreams with a maiden Formula 1 victory at home – but the Ferrari driver added that he’s not “obsessed” by the opportunity that could present itself this weekend in Barcelona.
They finished fifth in the constructors’ standings in 2021, but having looked to kick on this season, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Alpine so far. Bad luck and some reliability woes have left them sixth in the constructors’ standings, with a best individual result of P6 achieved by Esteban Ocon in Saudi Arabia.
Pirelli have nominated the hardest three compounds in their range for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The battle continues in Spain as Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen face off for round six of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. But can anyone spoil the pair’s party? Let’s check out the favourites for this weekend, as well as seeing how you’re voting on F1 Play – our awesome F1 predictor game.
The teams are heading to familiar ground this weekend, with Barcelona playing host to the sixth round of the season. Everyone was here back in February for pre-season running, so this weekend should prove an interesting benchmark in how far these 2022 cars have come since those initial laps. Add in plenty of upgrades throughout the field, and the scene is set for what could be a fascinating weekend. Red Bull are on a roll, but do the odds reflect that?
The Spanish Grand Prix has served up more than its fair share of excitement and drama over the years. From Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell side by side, sparks flying back in 1991 when the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya took over hosting duties from Jerez, to Rubens Barichello pulling off an unbelievable move to overtake both Schumacher brothers in one go, in what commentator Martin Brundle suspected was a deliberate ploy.
McLaren and the Mind mental health charity have announced a fundraising challenge, with the aim of raising £59,000 in the build-up to the week of the British Grand Prix.
Red Bull junior driver Juri Vips will make his Formula 1 race weekend debut when he steps into the cockpit of the Red Bull Racing RB18 during the first practice session at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Find out how and when to stream and watch the 2022 Miami Grand Prix on May 20-22
It’s been a lean few years at Alfa Romeo, the team scoring just 21 points in total across both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. But things look to be on the up-and-up for the Hinwil squad in 2022…
PALMER: Why the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is the perfect track for the teams to introduce upgrades
When F1 arrives in Barcelona this weekend, expect to see a raft of upgrades on the cars throughout the field, which could just tinker with 2022’s pecking order.
The 2022 Formula 1 calendar will now run to 22 races rather than the originally planned 23, following the decision not to replace the Russian Grand Prix.
PODCAST: ‘I cried in my rental car’ – Esteban Ocon on his long, painful path back to a full-time F1 seat
Esteban Ocon is now a Formula 1 race winner with a contract at Alpine that’s set to keep him at the team until at least the end of 2024. But as he recalls in the latest episode of our Beyond The Grid podcast, just a few years ago, things weren’t looking quite so rosy…
The Spanish Grand Prix returns on May 20-22 but will it be rain or shine at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this weekend?