Spanish F1 Grand Prix race LIVE: Bottas and Hamilton on front row ahead of Vettel

Both qualifying and the race will be live on Sky Sports F1 and you can keep up-to-date with the latest action on our live blog with Ben Hunt who is out in Barcelona.

  • Adam StorerMay 12, 201912:52 pm

    LATE CHANGE!

    Nico Hulkenberg will start from the pits after stewards deemed his new front wing to be of different spec to his original, following his crash in Q1.

    Antonio Giovinazzi will also start from the back of the grid after an unscheduled gearbox change.

    His five-place penalty puts him behind George Russell, who had already been moved back for a penalty.

  • Adam StorerMay 12, 201912:12 pm

    AND how can you watch the first European race of the season?

    Sky Sports F1 will be showing the whole race live with all the build-up on now.

    You can live stream via the app on your computer, tablet and mobile with the Sky Sports package.

    If not, head to NowTV to get a Sky Sports Day Pass for £8.99.

    OR… stick with us as we bring you all the updates from Barcelona, kicking off at 1pm.

  • Adam StorerMay 12, 201911:51 am

    IT'S race day in Barcelona and Mercedes will be looking for another one-two finish.

    And here is how they will start…

    1. Bottas
    2. Hamilton
    3. Vettel
    4. Verstappen
    5. Leclerc
    6. Gasly
    7. Grosjean
    8. Magnussen
    9. Kvyat
    10. Norris
    11. Albon
    12. Sainz
    13. Ricciardo
    14. Raikkonen
    15. Perez
    16. Hulkenberg
    17. Stroll
    18. Giovinazzi
    19. Kubica
    20. Russell
  • Ben HuntMay 11, 20193:24 pm

    VALTTERI BOTTAS took his third pole in a row to start in P1 for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix.

    I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, for the last time a non-Mercedes car was on pole position in Barcelona, London was preparing to host the Olympic Games.

    In fact, it was Williams' Pastor Maldonado in 2012, who went on to win the race, but this year, Bottas's result feels like Groundhog Day.

    Again, it was a Mercedes pole. Again, Lewis Hamilton's P2 means it is nother one-two start for the Silver Arrows.

    And again, Ferrari failed to deliver as Sebastian Vettel was well off the pace of the Finn, who is currently leading the drivers' championship.

    Bottas, who now has a hat-trick of poles, said: “I really enjoyed that – the adrenaline rush. It's started well the season and I feel better and better in the car.”

    Bottas was on fire and set a new track record of 1:15.924 that was a blockbuster.

    And he put in another fine lap in Q3 while Hamilton struggled. He had a scrappy first run, and backed off during the second go.

    He added: “Valtteri did a fantastic job. On my side, I didn't put the laps together.

    “Ultimately, I didn't do the job – but it's great for the team to have a 1-2, and if I can reverse it tomorrow I'll be happy.”

    Vettel, who starts third on the grid, admitted his car was no match to the Merc with the speed.

    He said: “It seems to be more than Achilles' heel, I was never happy with the car. I got everything out of it.

    “The car did not feel perfect and we seem to be a bit down on speed carried around the corner.”

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen took fourth spot on the gird ahead of Charles Leclerc.

  • Ben HuntMay 11, 20193:09 pm

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