Spanish Grand Prix as it happened

Text and video highlights of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya, where Lewis Hamilton has won.

11 May 2014 Last updated at 12:05

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  1. 16:35: 
    Spanish GP

    Lewis Hamilton has the world at his feet. Four times a race winner, four times a pole-sitter and now, following victory in Spain, he sits on top of the drivers' standings.

    Based on Mercedes' form so far, there's every chance they could win EVERY single race this season - which will be a first for Formula 1. And with Hamilton's edge over Nico Rosberg, it looks like the Briton will be the chief beneficiary.

    Who will come out in the battle of the Mercedes at Monaco? See you in a couple of weeks to find out. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 16:30: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Next up is the big one - the Monaco Grand Prix. Practice is on THURSDAY - not Friday as usual - 22 May at 09:00 BST. I'll be back from 08:30 to begin building up to one of my favourite races of the season.

  3. 16:25: 

    We've got seven minutes and nine seconds of Spanish Grand Prix highlights for you over on the F1 pages. While you're there, I'd heartily recommend reading Andrew Benson's race report.

  4. 16:23: 

    Mercedes are the first team to take four consecutive one-two finishes since Ferrari did in the last five races of 2002.

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    David Hurren - Great to see real racing - no team orders.

    David Staaby - I bet if it was Vettel or Alonso dominating they would think it was boring and down to the car not driver. This season is more boring than last season.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes: Winning words! @LewisHamilton has the pleasure of @therealdcf1, @suziperry & EJ for company!


    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who lost the lead of the World Champion: "Sixty seven laps would have been great. With 67, I would have given it a go. I don't know if I would have been able to pass but I would have tried.

    On Lewis Hamilton and whether he is 'breaking him down mentally': "Break me down mentally? That is good to know! I think he will struggle with that one. He has the momentum, there is no way round that and I have to try and break that down. Vice versa, in that regard, and the next opportunity is Monaco.

    "The advantage we have is that we have done it before, when we were 14 and it is so funny because it is like deja vu all day long."


    TV presenter Floella Benjamin, most famous for fronting Play School for those of a certain age: "Hurray to Lewis Hamilton, for a real Champion style win! He's at his very best, driving with great skill, talent & instinct. Simply the best."

  9. 16:12: 

    Mercedes have more than double the number of points of nearest rivals Red Bull. The Brackley-based team lead with 197 points, with Red Bull in second on 84. Ferrari are third on 66 with Force India fourth on 57. See the full standings here.

  10. 16:09: 

    So Lewis Hamilton leads the World Championship with 100 points, three clear of Nico Rosberg. Fernando Alonso is a further 48 behind, with Sebastian Vettel fourth, four points further adrift.

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third: "I was happy. I took a few swigs [of champagne] on the podium. I enjoyed it. I didn't get off as well as I would have liked at the start but then it was just about the strategy. I was maintaining focus and even though I had a big buffer to fourth place I wanted to maintain intensity and not get complacent.

    "I think we need a lasso onto the back of the Mercedes and let them tow us along. It is a massive gap but I am sure we will get there. We all know what Mr Newey is like, as well as the 600 other people at the team."

  12. 16:02: 
    Daniel Ricciardo

    At his 55th attempt Daniel Ricciardo scored his first official Formula 1 podium with third place today in Spain. He has, of course, stood on the podium once before in Australia at the start of this season, but he was disqualified following a fuel sensor issue.

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    Kris: That's what a race should be. Well done Lewis Hamilton. Kept his cool in the final stages. Season is hotting up now.

    Andy Wetherill: Nico is doing great, wasn't it only last year or so when he was in danger of not getting a drive because of not doing well?

    Christopher Wright: What an odd points system it is that requires a driver to win 4 races to get a 3 point lead over the driver that won the 1st race!


    McLaren driver Jenson Button: "It was quite fun. First two stints I felt we were making progress, quicker than the cars in front. But I had not jumped anyone in the pits, so it was about getting my head down and looking after the tyres until the end of the race. If we got everything together we might have finished 10th but the start cost us.

    "I am not sure about enjoyable, you are here to do a job. Most jobs are not enjoyable but mine is most of the time. We learnt something today and hopefully in the test here on Tuesday we can learn more."

  15. 15:57: 

    While Mercedes are going from strength to strength, McLaren are going in the opposite direction. Here's what Jenson Button, who finished 11th, has got to say about the situation...


    More from Lewis Hamilton: "Already from last year it has been the happiest I have been but I am definitely at my happiest point."

    Spanish GP

    Lewis Hamilton: "It was far from a perfect race. It was very difficult to focus when you are being pushed from behind but I had an oversteering car. It makes it so much harder to save the tyres. Nico Rosberg was catching me on the entry of corners today.

    "I was watching a screen around the circuit and I could see how close he was to me! All I was thinking about at the final corner was not to lock up and not make mistakes and fortunately I did not.

    "When you are under pressure, and you do not snap under pressure, that is when you know you have your stuff together. Pressure motivates me. Everyone has their breaking point but I have not found that."

  18. 15:52: 

    Suzi Perry, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard muscle their way in to grab a chat with race winner Lewis Hamilton.

  19. 15:48: 
    Spanish GP

    Here comes Lewis Hamilton, shades and baseball cap on. He slots into the middle of the pack, squatting down with his trophy. After a couple of cheers for the cameras, a rogue mechanic cracks open a bottle of champagne and soaks his colleagues.

  20. 15:45: 

    The Mercedes team are assembling outside the front garage of the traditional team photo. Nico Rosberg gets a huge round of applause as he walks out and takes his place at he front where he chats to Paddy Lowe. Just waiting for Lewis Hamilton now.

    Max Chilton

    Marussia: Fabulous reception from a throng of Max Chilton fans singing "super Maxy Chilton" to him just now.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    On McLaren's poor form this season: "It always comes down to people. You need the right group. It is not that they have bad people but maybe the people are not being put in the areas where they can get the best out of them. Ron Dennis would famously say he never drives the car or designs the car. His role is to look at the longer term, the engineering, the design guys and seeing if they are in the right place."

  23. 15:40: 

    McLaren, who led the constructors' championship after the first round in Australia, had a miserable Spanish grand Prix, with Jenson Button finishing 11th and Kevin Magnussen 12th,

  24. 15:37: 
    Spanish GP

    Nico Rosberg tells BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson that he's losing ground because his starts in the last three races haven't been good enough.

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    Kait - I'm bored of the Hamilton show, such a shame Rosberg was unable to take it away from him!

    James Andrews - Well done Lewis Hamilton! Phenomenal driving throughout! Great, nervy final 10 laps!


    Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe: "It was quite a tense race but overall to have that level of performance around here is immensely satisfying. It is a tough circuit, very demanding on the car, so to have the car that has that relative pace here is a real reward.

    "Lewis and Nico racing is exactly how we want it. Those guys were racing each other right to the ragged edge, each one trying to find the weakness of the other. Every single lap was a racing lap for both guys and I think the fact we saw 0.6s between them on the 66th lap shows just how close it was throughout.

    "The strategy Lewis ran is the optimum one by our calculations. Nico's strategy was a way of perhaps trying to find a way round Lewis. The position of the first corner was crucial. If one driver had been quicker than the other we would have seen a bigger gap. They were very evenly matched on the day."

  27. 15:32: 

    Apart from Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, no driver has been on the podium more than once. Yes, Daniel Ricciardo, has stood up their twice, but it only counted once following his disqualification in Australia.

    Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 chief analyst

    "[Mercedes' rivals] are in trouble, they know it because this is a remarkable car Mercedes have. Their rivals need to find one second per lap. That is a redesign job in my mind. It is is too difficult to find."

  29. 15:28: 

    The celebrations are in full flow over at Mercedes, with various team members having their photo taken with the trophy and Lewis Hamilton's pit board with P1 on it.


    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who finished eighth: "It was not one of the easiest races I have had in my career. We had thousands of problems during the race but it was good to fight with the Ferrari. I think the guys deserve a beer tonight, they have worked so hard and it is good to be back in the points. The start of the season has been more difficult than I could have had in my nightmares but everyone is working hard to succeed. We will try and take the momentum from this race into Monaco."

  31. 15:25: 

    Romain Grosjean and Lotus score their first points of the year with eighth place. That four points puts the Frenchman 13th in the drivers' and Lotus eighth in the constructors.

    Only Sauber, Marussia and Caterham have yet to score points this year.

  32. 15:23: 

    Scarily, Mercedes have led every single racing lap in 2014 after five complete races. There are still 14 to go...

  33. 15:21: 

    Lewis Hamilton has won four consecutive races for the first time in his career. This win is his 26th in Formula 1 and puts him ahead of Jim Clark and Niki Lauda into eighth on the all-time list.


    Williams' Valtteri Bottas, who finished fifth: "I'm really happy for us - 10 points is very good. All the time we were in the points and today we got the maximum out of the tyre strategy and me from the car. It was a shame in the end that Vettel came so quickly but we got the points.

    "The atmosphere [in the team] is better of course when its quicker. We are all the time fighting for the points in the races so it's a good feeling to have that hunger and all the time we want more."

  35. 15:18: 
    Spanish GP

    We're all done on BBC One but the show goes on on the Red Button...


    Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel: "Definitely. It was more fun than the last race when I had to let people by. All in all it was the maximum we could do. The start was bad, I lost a place but was able to get it back towards the end of the lap. I was stuck in the train and could not really feel how far we could go today but once I went on the hard tyre we could catch people a bit and we realised we had the pace. I think fourth was the best we could do today."

  37. 15:16: 

    Sebastian Vettel is a contender for driver of the day, the German climbing from 15th on the grid to fourth, using a three-stop strategy. That moved him up to fourth with 45 points, 55 behind leader Lewis Hamilton.


    Mercedes' executive director Toto Wolff: "We must not get complacent, we are just barely a quarter of the way into the championship. We will celebrate tonight and forget about it on Monday morning."

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    Matt Smith: Phew! Thought Rosberg was gonna win that race! Well done Lewis Hamilton again.

    Rachel: Do you think Hamilton can handle the mental pressure and mind games that seems to be starting between him and his team-mate?

    Daniel Miller: Pretty tense come the end of that GP. Lewis is so solid. Four in a row!

  40. 15:14: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3)Ricciardo 4) Vettel 5) Bottas 6) Alonso 7) Raikkonen 8) Grosjean 9) Perez 10) Hulkenberg

    11) Button 12) Magnussen 13) Massa 14) Kvyat 15) Maldonado 16) Gutierrez 17) Sutil 18) Bianchi 19) Chilton 20) Ericsson

    Did not finish: Kobayashi & Vergne

  41. 15:10: 

    Fernando Alonso and Ferrari have gone one whole year without a win. Worse still, the Spaniard was only three seconds away from being lapped in today's race.

  42. 15:08: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso headed over to a gap in the fence to wave to his loyal supporters after finishing fifth.

    "It was tough," said the Spaniard. "Nothing surprised us, we had very low grip throughout the race. We struggled with the start and did not make any places on the first corner and we were stuck in traffic for 90% of the race. We are in a similar position [as before Barcelona] unfortunately. The gap this year is amazing from the Mercedes, 40 seconds, so fair play and we need to raise our game because Mercedes are showing the potential of these cars."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Nico Rosberg is driving out of his skin. He needs to concentrate on the start, get the lead on the first corner, or qualifying. Lewis is finding a way to deliver a lap time, even when he is not happy with the balance of the car. It looked like Nico was very comfortable on this track all weekend and that will be something that will be tough to reflect on coming away from this."


    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "I think one more lap and I could have given it a good go! Unfortunately that was it and I am bit gutted but still, second place, second in the championship and many more races to go. I will go to Monaco to go one better and try and repeat the win from last year."

  45. 15:03: 

    It's interesting that Lewis Hamilton has once again said Nico Rosberg was faster than him even though he beat the German again. Mind games, perhaps?

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    Paul Martin - Wow! 2nd exciting F1 Grand Prix in a row. After years being bored of F1 this is great stuff. Well done Lewis.

    Howard - How awkward is that? Rosberg and Hamilton deathly quiet as Ricciardo joins them.

    Ed Bartlett - You could cut the tension in the podium holding room with a chainsaw!

    Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo

    More from Lewis Hamilton: "Sitting down with Ross (Brawn) in my mum's house this is what the idea was that I was given. I wasn't sure we could actually be a second faster than Red Bull but we've managed to do it. I'm really pleased and to have our fourth 1-2 finish together is unreal."


    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third: "We did not have the pace on Mercedes. We had a pretty comfortable third place and it is really nice to be on the podium and I am sure I will get to keep it this time!"


    Spanish Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton: "A big thank you for my team, they have done an incredible job this year. The support here is the best I have ever had and my first win in Spain means everything to me. I was not upset, I was not fast enough today, Nico was quicker, I struggled with the balance and needed to rely on my engineers. I was moving my settings up and down and fortunately I was able to keep Nico behind."

  50. 14:56: 
    Spanish GP

    Eddie Jordan pulls up a pew on the top step alongside Lewis Hamilton. He's in charge of the podium interviews this weekend.

  51. 14:55: 
    Spanish GP

    Lewis Hamilton makes sure he takes a big gulp of champagne before spraying the bubbly stuff.


    Mercedes: What's the gap... WHAT'S THE GAP?!

    It was 48.9 seconds between winner Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo in third.

  53. 14:54: 

    Lewis Hamilton lift his trophy aloft to the delight of his tea, below and the fans in the grandstand opposite.

  54. 14:52: 
    Spanish GP

    The British national anthem rings out around the paddock as Lewis Hamilton graces the top step of the podium with Nico Rosberg to his right and Daniel Ricciardo to his left.

  55. 14:51: 

    Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers' standings by three points from Nico Rosberg. The Briton also has just over double the number of points that Fernando Alonso has clocked up in third.

  56. 14:50: 

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg shake hands in the pre-podium room before gulping down a bottle of water.

  57. 14:49: 

    Lewis Hamilton takes in the applause as he climbs out of his Mercedes. The Briton then heads over to his team and reaches over the barriers to embrace the mechanics who helped him take victory.

  58. 14:48: 

    Valtteri Bottas was fifth with Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It is not just about winning, it is the way you win. Stylish stuff. Different strategies, you could not fault Nico Rosberg in his attack but Lewis Hamilton - what a performance."

  60. 14:47: 

    Sebastian Vettel crosses the line fourth, having started 15th. That's a great fightback drive from the German reigning world champion.

  61. 14:46: 

    That gap was just 0.6 seconds at the end, with Nico Rosberg taking second and Daniel Ricciardo completing the podium, 48 seconds further back.

  62. 14:45: 

    What a performance from Lewis Hamilton, once again soaking up the pressure to take his first victory in Spain and fourth of the season. It also means the Briton takes the lead of the World Championship for the first time this year.


    Lewis Hamilton wins the Spanish Grand Prix.

    LAP 66

    Nico Rosberg locks up and that could be challenge over...

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It just seems Nico Rosberg has the momentum he did not quite have in Bahrain. Lewis Hamilton locks up, Rosberg will close up even further and that is the pressure Hamilton is under. I am going to close my eyes!"

    LAP 66
    Spanish GP

    Nico Rosberg is now just 0.6 seconds behind as they start the final lap.

    LAP 65

    Lewis Hamilton locks up at the final chicane which allows Nico Rosberg to get a little bit closer. The gap now 0.7 seconds. Oh the tension. Two laps left.

    Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel passes Valtteri Bottas for fourth place.

    LAP 64

    Nico Rosberg is in the DRS activation window! The gap is just 0.9 seconds! Can Lewis Hamilton respond? Three laps left.

    Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso finally passes Kimi Raikkonen to take fifth.

    LAP 63

    Nico Rosberg is throwing everything he has got at this. The gap to Lewis Hamilton is now just 1.1. seconds.

    Elsewhere, Valtteri Bottas is trying everything to fend off the chasing Sebastian Vettel while Fernando Alonso continues to put pressure on Kimi Raikkonen. We're in for a thrilling finish in Barcelona.

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    Eric - Looks like Hamilton is in a great position to win this as long as he can keep tyre usage good and no engine probs.

    Jeremiah - Looks like a final thrilling battle between Lewis and Rosberg! Are we in for another Bahrain?

    Chris - Come on Rosberg! If Lewis is throwing the bath tub, you throw the entire bathroom suite at him!

    LAP 62

    The gap now 1.2 seconds. Nico Rosberg is tantalisingly close to Lewis Hamilton, but he can't get close enough to get in the DRS activation window.


    Mercedes to Lewis Hamilton: "Only [time] loss [to Rosberg on that lap] was mid-exit Turn Three."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This is so much more than about the win. This is about the confidence that either Nico or Lewis will take from this."

    LAP 61

    Lewis Hamilton stretches the gap back out to 1.3 seconds. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso is hustling Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for fifth place.


    Mercedes engineer to Nico Rosberg: "Think about your overtaking strategy."

    LAP 60

    Lewis Hamilton is offered a solution to his left tyre graining issue, as his Mercedes engineer suggests a set up change of "minus two" which David Coulthard suggests relates to brake balance.

    Nico Rosberg continues the chase, the gap down to 1.1 seconds.

    LAP 59

    Lewis Hamilton will soon have his mirrors filled with team-mate Nico Rosberg's Mercedes. The gap is just 1.4 seconds.

    LAP 58

    Sebastian Vettel is flying, catching the Williams of Valtteri Bottas at a rate of one second per lap.


    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "Both guys are doing a great job. Sebastian Vettel is hunting down Kimi and hopefully we will be able to have a crack at him. He has had such rotten luck through Friday and Saturday but he is in good shape at the moment."

    LAP 57

    The pressure is on Lewis Hamilton now as Nico Rosberg gets the gap down to 1.8 seconds.


    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "These long right-handers here in Barcelona really take it out of the tyres, we have just heard Lewis complaining about his front left and Fernando Alonso's front left had a whole chunk of rubber taken out of it. It really is taking it out of them, much more than we predicted at the start."


    Lewis Hamilton: "I have left graining." "We are looking into it." is the response.

    LAP 56

    Nico Rosberg closes to within 2.1 seconds of leader Lewis Hamilton while Sebastian Vettel sweeps past Kimi Raikkonen for fifth place.

    LAP 55

    Sebastian Vettel sets a fastest lap of the race after rejoining in front of Fernando Alonso. The reigning world champion is now just 2.8 seconds behind Kimi Raikkonen in fifth.

    LAP 54

    Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso pit for new sets of boots.


    Nico Rosberg's race engineer: "Just make sure you look after the tyres to be able to fight Lewis towards the end of the race."

    LAP 53

    Lewis Hamilton responds with a 1:29.5 to pull the gap back out to 2.7 seconds. Nico Rosberg is closing on Kevin Magnussen to lap the McLaren. That second place in Australia must seem like a very long time ago for the Danish rookie.

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    Neil Denham: Lewis should have his own radio show. His comments are more entertaining than the race.

    Richard Anthony: Lewis and his engineer are like a bickering old couple, hope they kiss and make up later!

    Steve: Hate to say it but think Rosberg could beat Lewis!

    LAP 52

    The chase continues, with Nico Rosberg now just two seconds behind Lewis Hamilton.

    LAP 51

    Nico Rosberg has not given up hope of winning this race. He's just set another fastest lap to reduce the gap to 2.3 seconds. The German took a stunning eight tenths of a second out of Lewis Hamilton on that lap. Rosberg is using the faster medium compound tyre and Hamilton the hard tyre in this final stint, remember.

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    Plenty to keep an eye on in the BBC gallery as the race enters the crucial closing stages.

    LAP 50
    Spanish GP

    Nico Rosberg sets the fastest lap of the race with a 1:29.247 to reduce the gap down to 3.1 seconds. 16 laps to go.


    BBC pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "I am just looking at the pit boards put out for the two drivers, Lewis' says there are 17 laps to go in the race, and Nico's says there are 16!"

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    Nick Phillips - I was really hoping we'd see a lot more action this but I'm almost falling asleep.

    Sam Seddon - So Mercedes tell Hamilton to pull out 4 seconds, then lose him 2.3 in the stops. Well done Mercedes!

    Dan Naylor - Hamilton is just a stroppy child isn't he?

    LAP 49

    Lewis Hamilton is on team radio again: "How much time did we lose in the pit-stop?" His engineer replies that Nico Rosberg lost more in traffic and then firmly adds that Lewis does not need to worry about it and should focus on the race.

    LAP 48

    Lewis Hamilton leads by 4.6 seconds from Nico Rosberg with Daniel Ricciardo third and Fernando Alonso fourth. Sebastian Vettel is up to an impressive fifth with Valtteri Bottas sixth and Kimi Raikkonen seventh.

    LAP 47

    It's getting rather heated on the Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes team radio channel right now. Hamilton asks what his lap time was like before he pitted. "It was good, Lewis," comes the reply. Hamilton snaps back: "Why did you bring me in, then?" In a soothing tone, his engineer replies. "We are keeping you on the optimum strategy Lewis, optimum strategy."

    LAP 46

    Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas both pit for new boots. Ricciardo rejoins in third, 40 seconds behind the lead, while Bottas slots back in sixth.

    LAP 45

    Nico Rosberg pits for the medium tyres. It's a good stop from Mercedes, but he still rejoins behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

    LAP 44

    Nico Rosberg, who now leads the race, is complaining of graining. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen pits and rejoins behind Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.


    BBC pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "From what I can see the front was absolutely fine for Lewis Hamilton but the delay was somewhere on the rear, hence the four second stop."

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    Steven Swanborough - Watching the F1 and loving the terms used... My back end is all over the place.

    Rob - Formula 1 is becoming boring again. It's called a race, but the drivers can't actually race each other? Becoming a bit farcical

    Pitesh - Good race so far, but not great. Pretty sure this race won't go down as a classic.

    LAP 43
    Spanish GP

    Lewis Hamilton pits for the hard tyres. It's a pretty slow stop from Mercedes, 4.3 seconds in fact, which isn't very quick by modern day F1 standards. The Briton rejoins in second.

    LAP 42

    Kevin Magnussen pits from 12th. This is not a great day for McLaren who don't look like they're going to score a single point.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton has a whole gaggle of cars ahead of him which he is going to be on the back of soon. That is going to play a part in the strategy this afternoon, you don't want to be losing time in that traffic. Once you start making passes, it is going to cost you time."

    LAP 41

    Nico Rosberg cuts the gap to Lewis Hamilton down to 3.7 seconds as Hamilton negotiates some traffic. The duo are still lapping around a second a lap quicker than anyone else.


    Mercedes engineer to Lewis Hamilton over team radio: "Zero to Rosberg, 3.7 seconds." Hamilton responds: "Where you been for the last couple of laps man." "Just letting you get through the traffic," comes the response.

    LAP 40

    Felipe Massa uses the DRS overtaking aid to pass Kevin Magnussen into Turn One.

    LAP 39

    Kamui Kobayashi has retired. The Japanese driver had a front-left brake failure on his Caterham, which explains why he shot across the run-off down at Turn One.

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    Rob: Surely it should be drivers driving every lap the quickest they can? Not who looks after their tyres the best? Needs sorting ASAP.

    LAP 38

    Marcus Ericsson and Kimi Raikkonen are under investigation for ignoring blue flags.

    LAP 37

    Sebastian Vettel puts his fresh medium tyres to good effect, passing Felipe Massa for eighth.

    LAP 36

    Fernando Alonso passes Kevin Magnussen for ninth with the aid of DRS into Turn One.

    LAP 35

    Fernando Alonso pits, takes on the hard tyre and rejoins just ahead of Williams' Felipe Massa.

    LAP 34

    Kamui Kobayashi goes off the track at Turn One in the Caterham, but rejoins without hitting the wall.


    Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: "The medium tyre is overheating on the surface which probably explain the problems we heard over the radio from Lewis Hamilton. It is looking fascinating at the moment but the end of the race, when the temperatures drop, it might throw up even more surprises."

    LAP 33

    Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says it's looking like a two-stop race for most drivers. Lewis Hamilton takes three tenths out of Nico Rosberg to increase his lead to 4.4.

    LAP 32

    Nico Rosberg sets the fastest lap of the race to reduce the gap to Lewis Hamilton to 4.1 seconds. Daniel Ricciardo is in a race of his own in third, 24 seconds behind Rosberg and 11.3 ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Where do you sit with mind games? That information from Lewis Hamilton will be shared with his team-mate but yet he is pulling away. Imagine if you were Nico Rosberg and hear that but see the gap increasing. Psychologically that would not be good."

    LAP 30

    So Lewis Hamilton is complaining of oversteer but he's still increasing his lead every lap. It's now up to 4.5 seconds.

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    Faseeh: Rosberg seems to be on course to win it under the nose of Hamilton today.

    Lee Stoker: The more I watch these new cars, the more other worldly they look and sound.


    Mercedes: Fascinating intra-team battle: both drivers told to manage the gap at different levels for a shot at the win! Could it be Bahrain Part 2?

    LAP 29

    Pastor Maldonado passes Esteban Gutierrez cleanly for 15th.

    LAP 28

    Felipe Massa pits from eighth and takes on the hard tyres, allowing Sebastian Vettel to move up one place.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "You can make changes from the cockpit which will change the balance if you lock up. That radio call from Lewis Hamilton is very interesting and what I thought was going to be a straightforward case of him opening the gap on Nico Rosberg suddenly, we have a race on."


    Lewis Hamilton: "My rear end is everywhere."


    Lewis Hamilton: "Can you give me a hand I've got too much oversteer."

    LAP 27

    Nico Rosberg is told the gap to Lewis Hamilton is OK at this stage and that he needs to look after the tyres for about 10 laps before focusing on getting the gap down ahead of the next stops.

    LAP 26

    Now Fernando Alonso passes Romain Grosjean for sixth. His Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is 2.5 seconds up the road.

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Jean-Eric Vergne has had nothing but bad luck this weekend. He lost a wheel during qualifying and was given a penalty for it. And even the vintage car he was in during the drivers' parade this morning broke down as they went around the lap."

    LAP 25

    Kimi Raikkonen makes the move stick next time around, simply driving around the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. It looks like the Lotus has a engine performance deficit down the straight as that was so easy for the Finn.


    Jean-Eric Vergne's race engineer: "We have an exhaust problem, so we box, garage, now."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was a great attempt from Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean swept to the side to defend the position and in the end Raikkonen carried too much speed through Turn One. That has allowed Fernando Alonso to sneak up."

    LAP 24

    Kimi Raikkonen tries a late move around the outside of Romain Grosjean at Turn One, but he overcooks it and Grosjean manages to regain the momentum and hold onto the position.


    Mercedes are looking for their fourth one-two race finish in a row. If they do so it will be for the first time since 1955.

    LAP 24

    Lewis Hamilton is told he needs to open up a four-second gap in this stint. His team-mate Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, is told he needs to close to within two seconds, on tyres which aren't as quick. The gap is currently 3.7 seconds.

    LAP 23

    Sebastian Vettel is up to ninth, 1.6 seconds behind the Williams of Felipe Massa. Force India's Nico Hulkenberg completes the top 10.

    LAP 22

    Nico Rosberg pits and takes on the hard tyres. So Mercedes have split the strategies. This is what the team did in Bahrain (both drivers must use the hard and medium compound tyre at some point during the race). It's a great stop from the team, but it looks like he stayed out a lap too long as Lewis Hamilton drives past to retake the lead.

    LAP 22
    Spanish GP

    Valtteri Bottas pits and rejoins in fourth, which means Daniel Ricciardo has jumped the Williams during the stops.

    LAP 21

    Lewis Hamilton responds with a new fastest lap of the race, a 1:31.214. This is going to be so close when Nico Rosberg finally pits.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It is unlikely that the tyres are getting better but there are range of things Nico Rosberg could be deploying. He could be using more of his fuel allocation to try and get the jump on his team-mate, but that could compromise him later on in the race."

    LAP 20

    Nico Rosberg sets the fastest lap of the race! This is very impressive from the German who needs to keep pumping in the lap times if he is to retain the lead after he makes his pit stop.

    LAP 19
    Spanish GP

    A little front wing adjustment on the Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton pits for a fresh set of medium tyres. It wasn't a vintage stop from the team so will Nico Rosberg have a chance to jump Hamilton?

    LAP 18

    Lewis Hamilton is told to "push" by his race engineer as it "won't be long now" until his pit stop. The Briton's lead is down to 1.6 seconds over team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    LAP 17

    Nico Rosberg is the faster of the two Mercedes drivers at this stage of the race and has reduced the gap to two seconds. Lewis Hamilton will have first choice of when to pit as he leads the race. We're hearing that Rosberg will take on the hard tyres at his stop. Will Mercedes split their strategy?


    Mercedes: Radio call suggests Nico Rosberg is enjoying these tyres: it shows too, gap down to 2 secs now... are we set for another classic duel?

    LAP 16

    How times change. Sebastian Vettel tries a move on the Caterham of Kamui Kobayashi, but the Japanese driver defends into Turn Nine. Vettel tries again and this time makes it stick into Turn 10. That's for the glory of P19.

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    Anton - Of all the Mercedes powered cars, McLaren have been really disappointing.

    Nick - The weekend that Maldonado has had and looking at his performance in past seasons, I think he'd be better suited to banger racing!

    LAP 15

    Daniel Ricciardo pits from third. It's another good stop from the Red Bull team, who fit the Australian's car with the medium tyres, and he rejoins 13th. Split strategy for Red Bull.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This will pop Sebastian Vettel right at the back of the field. He will be hoping that by the time he catches up with those up the field they will be pitting. That was a quick turnaround by the Red Bull crew."


    BBC pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "That was a very, very late call by Red Bull. Sebastian Vettel was in the pit lane when mechanics were still only just coming out but what a smooth operation. They were still ready for him and he was out again quickly."

    LAP 14
    Spanish GP

    Nico Rosberg says there's no graining so "the option seems fine". He's currently 2.6 seconds behind Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

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    Ryan - I really don't know why Maldonado still has a seat.

    Jodie - Maldonado has a five second penalty for causing a collision. Not a race goes by without him crashing into someone

    James - As if #Maldonado isn't cursed enough, his car number is 13!

    LAP 13

    Interesting strategy decision from Red Bull who call Sebastian Vettel into the pits. They fit the hard tyres and he rejoins the track in 21st, just behind Max Chilton but ahead of Marcus Ericsson.

    LAP 12

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel closes onto the back of Jenson Button's McLaren. The Briton looks like a sitting duck and I doubt it'll be long before the reigning world champion gets past. The Red Bull has so much more mechanical grip through the slow corners.

    LAP 11

    Pastor Maldonado has been given a five-second stop-go penalty for causing a collision with Ericsson. No surprise there, really.

    LAP 10

    Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race with a 1:31.776 to open up a 2.3 second lead over Nico Rosberg. Their nearest rival is Valtteri Bottas, a further 12.9 seconds behind.

    BBC Radio 5 live
    Spanish GP

    Notes taped to screens, piles of paper filled with data and a multitude of monitors. This is what a Formula 1 race looks like for the BBC Radio 5 live commentary team James Allen and Allan McNish.


    Daniel Ricciardo says he is going to back off a bit to cool the tyres. His Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, has pulled off a great move around the outside of Esteban Gutierrez for 13th.

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    Jeremiah Kariuki - Maldonado is proving to be a master of crashing!

    Ibraheem Khan - Oh look, Crashtor Maldonado hit someone. Never seen that before

    Danny Palmer - A handful of laps in and Maldonado has already hit someone. Nobody is shocked.


    Mercedes are in a different league, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg lapping in the low 1m32s. The best the rest of the field can manage is a mid-1m33.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Ten out of 10 for effort, some great driving from Bottas, leaving enough space knowing the momentum was going to leave the Red Bull down on the Tarmac. Daniel Ricciardo has a couple of laps of trying to reclaim and then he will have to back out of this. Bottas under pressure, but doing a great job."


    Daniel Ricciardo doesn't fancy giving up just yet. He has a stab down the inside of Valtteri Bottas into Turn One. It doesn't quite come off, though, as Bottas hangs on around the outside and then has the inside line for Turn Two.


    Red Bull suggest Daniel Ricciardo drops back from Valtteri Bottas and maintain a gap of two seconds. They don't him to travel in the dirty air for too long as it will put additional stress on the tyres.


    Pastor Maldonado passes Kamui Kobayashi for 19th. This time, there was no contact and the Lotus team can breathe a sigh of relief.


    It was a dreadful start from Jenson Button, who has dropped out of the top 10 into 13th. Up ahead Felipe Massa is hustling former team-mate Fernando Alonso in the battle for seventh.


    Pastor Maldonado is in the wars again, making contact with the Caterham of Marcus Ericsson as he tries a bullish move for 20th. "There must surely be some damage to that Lotus," says BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard.


    Kimi Raikkonen is doing a good job defending from Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. Kevin Magnussen is in the wars, clattering the kerbs and asking his team if there was any front wing damage. The team reply that they think it's OK.

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    Justin - Depressingly not expecting anything other than a Mercedes dominated race today. Don't think Nico will get better of Hamilton either

    Paul Young - Great start for Mercedes!! Come on Hamilton!


    Lewis Hamilton opens up a 1.1 lead over Nico Rosberg after just one lap, with Valtteri Bottas the same gap behind in third. There was a huge lock up from Romain Grosjean as he tried to defend fifth into the first corner. He managed it, but will those tyres be damaged?

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer in Barcelona

    "There has been some grumbling this year about Pirelli's tyres being too hard, and it has become a bit louder this weekend as a direct comparison of the lap times of F1 and GP2 showed the GP2 cars were quicker than the back-of-the-grid F1 teams. After Sergio Perez described this as 'embarrassing' on Friday, Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery said it was 'pathetic', pointing out that the company had been forced into a conservative approach by the change in regulations. That didn't stop Fernando Alonso mentioning the 'very low grip' or Lotus's Romain Grosjean saying: 'The tyres are a bit too hard this weekend, they don't work properly.'"

  172. 13:05: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    It's a supreme start from Lewis Hamilton who leads into Turn One from team-mate Nico Rosberg.Valtteri Bottas has an explosive start, slipping past Daniel Ricciardo into third place.

  173. 13:04: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    One light, two lights, three lights, four lights, five lights. The Spanish Grand Prix is go, go, go!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "If being out-qualified at his home race by a team-mate for the first time since 2004 hurt Fernando Alonso, he did not show it afterwards. 'Today Kimi was very good, very fast,' Alonso said. 'He is 34 milliseconds in front and it is not possible for me to reach that time. It was tight in qualifying and hopefully tomorrow it will also be tight and we can both score some good points. We have Force India and Red Bull three points and five points in front in the constructors' championship and hopefully tomorrow we can recover those points.' A fighting drive from the Spanish matador is inevitable. He pointed out he is on the clean side of the grid for the start. His last win was a year ago - founded on a stunning pass of Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton around the outside of Turn Three on lap one. Where will the greatest exponent of first laps finish it today?"

  175. 13:03: 

    Everyone safely makes it round. Let the fun begin!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "The much-anticipated battle between Ferrari heavyweight Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finally lived up to its billing here in Spain, with Raikkonen beating the Spaniard on merit in qualifying for the first time this season. (In Bahrain, where the Finn was also ahead on the grid, Alonso had an engine problem). The margin was tiny - 0.036secs - but while Raikkonen admitted it was 'nice' to be in front of his partner, he added: 'Obviously people are interested on that side but for me it's about being at the front. It doesn't give me much satisfaction to be only six or seventh, that's not where we want to be.' He said the car was 'better', in terms of how it suited his style, 'but still very difficult; I had to fight a lot to get the one lap out.' The suspicion is that that was a bit of kidology, for Raikkonen was also faster in Q2."


    BBC pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "It is the usual Piccadilly Circus at rush hour at the moment as teams and mechanics rush back to the pit-late. I have just been speaking to Pirelli and they say this should be a two-stop race but that depends on how teams manage the overheating of the medium tyre."

  178. 13:00: 

    Lewis Hamilton leads the field away for the formation lap. Not long to go now, folks...

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "As Lotus struggled through the first four races, trying desperately to make up the time lost to a winter testing programme that did not really involve any testing, other than the engineers' and drivers' patience, they always said Spain was the race they should be more or less back to normal. They have been true to their word. Steady progress since Melbourne saw Romain Grosjean qualify 10th in China, and he bettered that with an impressive fifth place here.

    "'I knew with the change of regulation there is always a surprise in both directions,' Grosjean said. 'Unfortunately, we have been the bad surprise. I think some of it comes from the fact we did not have much budget compared to others and that doesn't help. We have lost people. But on the other hand the people who replaced them are capable and it just takes time to get to a position in the team and get used to it. Now we are back on track and things are moving in the right direction.'

    "Team-mate Pastor Maldonado has had one of his regular brain-fade weekends - he binned the car at Turn Three on his first qualifying lap and will start last."

  180. 12:57: 

    Victory for Lewis Hamilton will be the 26th of his career and move him ahead of Jim Clark and Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda.

    Lauda gave Hamilton a ride home in his private jet after the Briton won his third successive race of the season in China. I wonder what he's got in mind if the 2008 world champion should make it four in a row...


    Mercedes: All systems go! Final pre-race procedures underway on the grid: it's almost showtime.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "Max Chilton deserves a shout out for a great effort in qualifying the Marussia 18th, quickest driver of the two back-of-the-grid teams and 0.6secs up on team-mate Jules Bianchi. Chilton had a few lurid moments through the weekend but he got it all together in qualifying and was clearly very satisfied. 'I'm really happy with that,' Chilton said. Bianchi made a mistake on his final lap but was still clear of the Caterhams of Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi."

  183. 12:56: 
    Eddie Jordan

    Eddie Jordan and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone in conversation prior to the race. Eddie getting some style tips, perhaps?

  184. 12:55: 

    It's a long run down to Turn One, which means plenty of opportunity for drivers to make up - and lose - position. There may be a few cars taking to the run-off on the outside of the opening corner as the field clogs up and filters through the turn. It should be pretty exciting.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "Fourth place for Valtteri Bottas in the Williams was a fillip for the team after some strong performances in the first four races failed to produce the results the team seemed to promise. The car clearly lacked rear downforce at the start of the season, so to be as fast as they were on a track where aerodynamic efficiency is king was impressive. Head of performance engineering Rob Smedley said: 'It is a hot track that demands a lot of downforce and the upgrades we brought here have really helped that. The pieces we have brought have worked really well.' The big test, though, will be the race. Can Williams keep their tyres in good condition, their biggest problem so far this season?"

  186. 12:54: 
    Spanish GP

    Some sage advice from Mercedes' non-executive chairman Niki Lauda with regards to Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. He tells David Coulthard: "Do whatever you want but don't crash into each other. There are no restrictions. I wish them both good luck."

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    Ross Cunningham - In my experience the noise in F1 makes it. This year the cars have much more pleasant sound.

    Rich Skelding - Good to see EJ back on screen, looking forward to seeing his loud shirts later in the season.

  188. 12:52: 

    We've not got long until the start of round five of the Formula 1 World Championship. Today's race will last 66 laps, with one lap covering 4.655km.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "Daniel Ricciardo could be in for a lonely afternoon. The Red Bull is not expected to be able to challenge the Mercedes for victory, but it appears to be comfortably quicker than anything else. His big problem is going to be keeping the more powerful Mercedes-powered Williams of Valtteri Bottas, starting fourth, behind him at the start. If he can, Ricciardo should in theory have a relatively straightforward run to a podium finish ahead of him for his race pace was strong in Friday practice."

  190. 12:51: 
    Spanish GP

    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is calmness personified as he awaits the start of the race, sitting on the floor against a wall on the side of the grid with shades on. David Coulthard squats down to grab a word.

    "Yesterday was a good day," said Grosjean. "It is good that we are back where we like to be. Hopefully race pace will be good and we can stay more or less where we are. It will be between two and three stops depending on tyre wear and graining. What teams will do will depend on the graining because of the rain from last night."

  191. 12:49: 
    Spanish GP

    David Coulthard has grabbed McLaren boss Ron Dennis for a chat on BBC One: "We were just talking about the ambient temperature and the impact it will have on the tyres. It is quite a finely balanced decision.

    "Today is just about points, but as much as the grid positions don't reflect it we are going forward. Wait and see in a few more races. It takes time to turn things around."

    Spanish Grand Prix grid

    Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde: 15 min before we kick off. Enjoy guys!!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "It can't be easy being in Nico Rosberg's shoes right now. Beaten in Bahrain despite being the faster Mercedes driver that weekend, beaten to pole in Spain this weekend despite appearing to be so again, the psychological blows from Lewis Hamilton just keep on coming.

    "Rosberg is making no attempt to deny these things matter and that he is up against it. 'Obviously it gives him momentum and that is a part of the sport,' he said. 'Mental is part of it. That's the way it is. I just need to stay on it, stay strong and keep pushing and just try to turn it around into my favour.'"

  194. 12:46: 

    The Circuit of Catalunya has hosted 23 previous grands prix, 21 of which have been won from the front row (91%) and 74% from pole.

    Of race circuits that have had at least 10 races, no circuit has a higher win percentage from the front row than the Barcelona track.

    Eight of the last 10 Spanish Grands Prix have been won by the pole position driver. However, two of the last three have not been won from pole.

    Spanish Grand Prix

    As to be expected, there is plenty of support for Spain and, more specifically, Fernando Alonso around the circuit ahead of today's race.

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    Elton - McLaren are underachieving this season. Real shame. Hopefully the Woking team can recover

    Lev - Interesting look at McLaren. Are they going the way of Williams? Long term decline?

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "This should have been a defining race weekend for Sebastian Vettel. Beaten by Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the last two grands prix, he had had a mental reset over the three-week break since China, and finally accepted he was not going to be able to get this year's Red Bull to behave like last year's, with its exhaust-boosted rear downforce.

    "He had realised he needed to adapt, and came here ready to do it. So it was going to be fascinating to see how - with Vettel no longer in denial, stubbornly trying to force Renault to do something it was not able to do - the two Red Bull drivers would compare. But Vettel lost all of Friday to a wiring loom failure and then his gearbox failed at the start of the top 10 shoot-out. The resultant five-place grid penalty for changing a gearbox leaves the world champion starting 15th and facing a long afternoon trying to make up ground into the points."

  198. 12:44: 

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie spoke to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo earlier and the smiling Australian was in a relaxed mood prior to the race.

    "For me it is just important not to get caught up in the in team battle," he said. "The way I see it, yes I finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the last couple of races but I am not going to be jumping up and down about that. Once I am giving myself 10 out of 10 after every drive, then I will be getting to the place I want to be."

  199. 12:42: 
    Spanish Grand Prix

    Fans gather to try and take photos as the cars prepare to line-up in their respective places on the grid. Just under 20 minutes until lights out...

  200. 12:40: 

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on Sebastian Vettel's issue, speaking on BBC One: "I think it is a software issue so we are just changing a few settings to get it how he wants it. They should be able to sort it out and nothing too serious, hopefully."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Sebastian Vettel has just gone running off the grid to find his race engineer. He was complaining of some brake locking on the way to the grid."

  202. 12:38: 

    1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 3. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 4. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 5. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 8. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 9. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 10. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India

    11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 12. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 13. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 14. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 15. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 16. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber

    17. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 18. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 19. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 20. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham 21. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 22. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus

  203. 12:35: 

    Sebastian Vettel had a miserable day on Saturday. He reached Q3 but was unable to set a lap time when he lost drive. The German reigning world champion ended up 10th but a gearbox change means he drops five places on the grid to 15th. Standby for the full grid...


    Daniel Ricciardo: P3 in qualy today. Those Mercs are smokin so doing the best we can for now. See what we can do tomorrow. All in all a pretty good day ✌️

    Romain Grosjean: Feels good to be back in the top 10 ! Thanks to my guys for the hard work.

    Max Chilton: Great performance from the team today, we have come with updates which are working well Tidy lap = tidy time.

  205. 12:30: 

    The pit lane has opened its doors, which means we're only 30 minutes away from the start of the formation laps. Lots of drivers are doing practice starts at the end of the pit lane before heading round to take up their starting spot.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "Lewis Hamilton's ability to pull out a special lap and move the boundaries of what appeared possible is proving a formidable strength this season. Trailing team-mate Nico Rosberg all day on Saturday, Hamilton produced what he called 'an ace card' to grab a brilliant pole. But he admitted he had concerns about the race: 'Still in the back of your mind, you know: "I wasn't quick enough today."' Hamilton has worked hard overnight to tweak his set-up to the expected conditions in the race. He was in a world of his own on the race-simulation runs on Friday afternoon; will that carry over into the race itself?"

  207. 12:25: 
    Pre-race entertainment

    The organisers have gone all out for the pre-race entertainment. You could even say they've reached new heights with this human pyramid. I'll get my coat...

    Valtteri Bottas

    Williams: Today in Finland it's Mother's Day. Here is @ValtteriBottas with his mum in Spain. Happy Mother's Day.

  209. 12:20: 

    Suzi, DC and EJ have made their way down to the Mercedes garage where they've found motorsport boss Toto Wolff.

    "Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have known each other for a long time and they had the situation in karting where they raced for the same team for the championship," said Wolff. "They are smart and shrewd enough and they don't need a lot of management.

    "We have been preparing as normal this morning, we have gone through every possible scenario but it is all academic once the red lights go off, then it is all about racing."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "Nico Rosberg arrived in Spain admitting he needed to stop Lewis Hamilton's run of victories, but despite being the faster Mercedes in final practice and the first two parts of qualifying he has lost the first battle in being pipped to pole by his team-mate. Rosberg admitted it was a bit of a blow. 'My lap was good and I thought I had it,' he said. 'Of course, I never underestimate him. I knew he was just not getting his laps together, he was quick all along. But I did think my lap was good enough so I was surprised and disappointed when I found out he beat me to it.'"

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    Phil: I'm really hoping Fernando Alonso does well at his home race. But Mercedes will probably leave the rest in their dust.

    Rhys: I wouldn't be surprised if Bottas was leading down into turn one, the Williams is very quick off the line.

    Nicklas: Lewis and Rosberg give us a show. And Jenson keep Vettel behind please :)

  212. 12:15: 
    Fernando Alonso

    The drivers have been out and about on the drivers' parade but there's only one man the crowd are interested in seeing - Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hopped off his vintage car and ran over to the fans to high five them, sign autographs and pose for some photographs. He did the same thing last year and went on to win the race. Will it happen again this year?

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "Barring something wildly unexpected, a Mercedes driver will win the Spanish Grand Prix, so huge is the team's advantage over the rest of the field. But which one? Lewis Hamilton is on his fourth pole position in five races but it came as a result of a typically stunning lap from him, and somewhat against the run of play. Will Hamilton have the significant advantage he showed on Friday here? Or will Rosberg be the quickest man, as he was in final practice and the first two parts of qualifying? And if he is, can he get past, as he could not in Bahrain? There might only be two cars in it, but the fight for victory is no less intense or fascinating for it."

  214. 12:11: 
    Daniel Ricciardo and Lee McKenzie

    So here's how today is going to work. Suzi Perry and the team will hit your screens on BBC One at 12:15 BST with Eddie Jordan making his first appearance of the season.

    EJ opens the show with David Coulthard doing a special feature on McLaren's woes with Jenson Button before Lee McKenzie interviews Red Bull's top dog at the moment - Daniel Ricciardo.

    BBC Radio 5 live will join the party at 12:55 before the lights go out at 13:00.

  215. 12:08: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    It was a Mercedes masterclass in qualifying, Nico Rosberg looking like he would have the edge over Lewis Hamilton in the first two segments before Hamilton, winner of the last three races, pulled it out of the bag when it mattered.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Barcelona:

    "Overnight rain and a damp, cloudy start has given way to Spanish spring sunshine in Montmelo and the countdown to the fifth grand prix of the season is well under way. Tens of thousands of fans flock to the Circuit de Catalunya every year to worship Fernando Alonso and for the last three races they have been rewarded with starring performances by the Ferrari driver one way or another - a brilliant start and burst into the lead from fourth on the grid in 2011; a close second place in 2012 and a dominant win in 2013. Another victory is a distant prospect for the man who single-handedly has put F1 on the map in Spain, and Alonso is behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen on the grid in seventh place. But he is up for it, as always. 'I still feel confident we can do a good race,' he said, insisting a podium finish was 'going to be difficult, but not impossible'."

  217. 12:03: 

    Morning everybody! Welcome to Barcelona, welcome to the Circuit de Catalunya, welcome to our live coverage of the Spanish Grand Prix, round five of the Formula 1 World Championship.

  218. 12:00: 
    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    The dictionary definition of domination is "the exercise of power or influence over someone or something, or the state of being so controlled". Next to it should be an image of the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

    The Brackley-based outfitare dominating in impressive fashion this season. They've started on pole at every race and gone on to win every race. No one else has come remotely close.

    In just over an hour, Lewis Hamilton will start on pole, with team-mate Nico Rosberg alongside. It will take a monster effort from their rivals from stopping a fourth consecutive Mercedes 1-2. Let's see what they can do.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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