f1 spanish grand prix 2019 Live : Welcome to our live coverage of the 2019 F1 Spanish Grand Prix. It’s been all Mercedes this season as the two men in the Silver Arrows dominate race after race.
The trend has continued in Spain with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton once again locking out the front row of the grid. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel starts from third, but will need a miracle if he’s to overcome the raw pace of the Mercedes. Aussie Daniel Ricciardo will start from 10th on the grid after scraping his way into the final qualifying session.
Nico Hulkenberg has been slapped with a penalty and will start in the pit lane after his Renault needed an emergency wing replacement.
Aussie Daniel Ricciardo was the higher qualifying Renault and will start on the fifth row in 10th.
The tides may be changing inside the Mercedes garage as Finnish wheelman Valtteri Bottas continues to upstage Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton has controlled the F1 landscape over the past five seasons as he’s claimed four of the last five titles.
But in 2019 he has had to play second fiddle more often than not as Bottas has left the British superstar in his wake.
Bottas blitzed the field around the Spanish track to secure pole position and did so by out racing Hamilton to the tune of a 0.634s gap.
It makes it the biggest pole-winning margin since Hamilton flew around Spa in August last year and topped Sebastian Vettel by 0.726s.
“I really enjoyed that. I enjoyed the adrenaline rush you get from those laps. It has started well, the season. I feel better and better in the car, and I am just looking forward to tomorrow now.”
Bottas’ extraordinary display hands him pole position for the third straight race and former driver Jenson Button couldn’t believe how good it was.
“Absolutely mega. To beat Lewis around this circuit is a phenomenal achievement — and I know, I’ve had him as a teammate for three years,” Button said on Sky Sports.
“Really, really impressive and this will give him so much confidence. This is three qualifying sessions back-to-back that he’s achieved pole, which is pretty awesome.”
Hamilton was plagued by a battery-charge problem ahead of the final qualifying session and
Sky F1’s Paul Di Resta agreed there was work to do for the five-time champion.
“Lewis is just not feeling comfortable. It is a race to turn one here, it is hard to overtake,” Di Resta said.
“Lewis will not give up without a fight but something needs to change for him to get on top.
“We saw it with (Nico) Rosberg a few years ago: once Rosberg got on top of Lewis a little bit he started to look fragile. But Bottas needs to keep up that work, the difference will be from here to the summer break on his championship.