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Gary Rose

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  1. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel celebrate

    Right, that's pretty much your lot from us but there will be plenty for you to get through online. First up, have a read of Andrew Benson's report on the race and also keep an eye out for video highlights.

    You can also watch highlights of the race on BBC One at 17:05 BST.

    Monaco in two weeks, see you then.

  2. Schumacher's record in no danger

    Michael Schumacher

    A first win for Nico Rosberg in Spain, but Michael Schumacher's record of six Spanish GP wins looks to go unchallenged for a fair while yet. There are only two multiple winners in the current field of drivers, with Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso winning it twice.

  3. Hamilton's raring to go

    Formula 1

    Two weeks until our next race - the Monaco Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton can't wait to get going and try and reassert his authority on the championship.

    "I'm more excited than ever about Monaco," he says. "I have a chance to rectify things."

    Formula 1
    Image caption: Round six - Monaco
  4. Schumacher still leads the way

    Most podium finishes

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton's podium was the 75th of his career, but he still has a long old way to go to surpass Michael Schumacher's record...

    155 - Schumacher

    106 - Prost

    97 - Alonso

    80 - Senna

    78 - Raikkonen

    75 - Hamilton

    70 - Vettel

  5. Post update


    Mercedes: #TeamWork! :)

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  7. How constructors' standings look


    McLaren took a step forward by getting both cars into Q2 on Saturday, but it was another frustrating Sunday as Fernando Alonso had to bail out because of brake problem, while Jenson Button, who finished 16th, was not happy with how his car handled at all.

    This was only the second time in Alonso's career that he has failed to finish the Spanish GP, 2008 being the other one.

    Fernando Alonso retires from the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix
  8. Post update

    Phil Slocombe: Considering Lewis made 3 stops(1 slow) to Nico´s 2 and was only beaten by 17 seconds, it speaks volumes about who is the best driver.

  9. In pursuit of a legend

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton finished in the top two for the 12th consecutive race, the second longest streak of all time.

    Michael Schumacher holds the record for the longest streak, with 15 top-two finishes in a row in 2002.

    Formula 1
  10. Ferrari closed the gap?

    Sebastian Vettel finished third, continuing his record of finishing in the top five in every race this season, but did Ferrari manage to close the gap?

    The result would suggest not, with Vettel 45 seconds behind Rosberg. However, Ferrari did seem to fluff things up with a bad strategy for the former world champion. Once they switched to three stop, the Mercedes were just too quick.

    Lewis Hamilton chases Sebastian Vettel
  11. Button's "scary" drive

    Formula 1

    Jenson Button marked his 100th race for McLaren by finishing 16th, but it sounds like it was a race he was glad to see the back of.

    "It was pretty scary to drive," he said. "I'm sure there's something wrong. As soon as you touch the power, the rear end snaps immediately."

  12. Boom!!

    Formula 1

    He's been waiting a while to tweet this one! Nico Rosberg is straight on his smartphone to tweet a celebratory picture of his first race win since last year's Brazilian GP.

    He also continues an interesting trend at the Spanish Grand Prix, becoming the ninth different winner of the last nine races.

  13. "Two first places"

    Mercedes' Toto Wolff, speaking via "It feels like two P1s. Three stops for Lewis was a bold move, but with his great driving, we achieved P2."

  14. Get involved - #bbcf1

    YorkshireTaff: To be fair - Rosberg drove a good, controlled race. The win was well deserved. I feel sick just saying that...

    Meskilla: Another quite boring F1 Race. Even purists like myself cannot get exited by F1 Tyre Management Simulator 2015.

    Matt Jones: For all this boring F1 talk, we have a three-driver championship, close midfield racing and the underlying McLaren development story.

  15. Post update

    Nico Rosberg lets the Champagne flow

    It is all too familiar for Mercedes as another race win marks a 24th consecutive finish on the podium, the second longest streak in F1 history.

  16. "Sometimes you lose a bit more"

    Sebastian Vettel, third place: "We were hanging there pretty well. We had a good start, able to get past Lewis and we did the right thing covering him at the first stop.

    "But when they switched to the three-stop we couldn't keep up, they were too quick today.

    "We tried everything we could. Going through traffic is never easy. Sometimes you're lucky and sometime you lose a bit more."

    Sebastian Vettel waves after his third place finish
  17. Drivers' championship standings

    Formula 1
  18. Hamilton bemoans bad start

    Lewis Hamilton, second place: "I just clearly got a bad start, got lots of wheel spin but I'm grateful to get back up to second place.

    "This is a difficult weekend for me, I'll take it."

    Lewis Hamilton celebrates his second place finish
  19. Post update

    Nico Rosberg wins the Spanish GP

    Victory means Nico Rosberg takes seven points off of Lewis Hamilton's advantage at the top of the drivers' standings. Hamilton's lead stands at 20 points.

  20. "A perfect start on a perfect weekend"

    Formula 1

    Spanish GP winner Nico Rosberg: "It was a perfect weekend. Perfect to be on pole and then to win the race like this. The car has been awesome all weekend. Really perfect.

    "Finally I got a perfect start, it's been a long time coming.

    "I'm just enjoying the day today. Winning here in Barcelona is great and then we'll look forward to the next race."

  21. Post update

    Great banter.

    Anyway, the three drivers are up on the podium so time to hear their thoughts...

  22. Pre-podium chatter

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to Rosberg's race engineer Tony Ross: "Too easy, no?"

    Ross: "Ha ha ha ha."

    Vettel: "You're laughing so it's a yes."

  23. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Henry Jackson: Largely dull race again, some great engineer/pit stop shenanigans though!

    Nick Clark: Rosberg was quickest on the day, but Lewis is still by far the better driver.

    Tom Moult: Vettel's race was completely compromised by the Ferrari team not pitting him when Hamilton pitted.

  24. In good company

    Formula 1

    That is the 14th one-two for Mercedes' drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, matching Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost's record.

  25. Post update

    Formula 1

    While we wait to hear from the top three, confirmation that the stewards are investigating the last-lap incident between Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat.

  26. Post update


    Lewis Hamilton is straight over to congratulate his Mercedes team-mate before Nico Rosberg laps up the applause.

  27. Final result

    11) Max Verstappen 12) Felipe Nasr 13) Sergio Perez 14) Marcus Ericsson 15) Nico Hulkenberg 16) Jenson Button 17) Will Stevens 18) Roberto Merhi.

    Retired: Pastor Maldonado; Fernando Alonso

  28. Final result

    1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Valtteri Bottas 5) Kimi Raikkonen 6) Felipe Massa 7) Daniel Ricciardo 8) Romain Grosjean 9) Carlos Sainz 10) Daniil Kvyat.

  29. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Nico Rosberg becomes the ninth different winner in Barcelona in the last nine years. Amazing. But more importantly it's his first win of the season."

    Nico Rosberg wins
  30. Post update

    There was one final bit of drama behind the leaders as Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat battled side-by-side. There was contact at Turn One but both continued and Sainz nicks ninth.

  31. Post update

    It was rarely in doubt as Nico Rosberg breezes to a first victory in 2015. Lewis Hamilton completes a Mercedes one-two by taking second, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third.

  32. Chequered flag




    We're on the final lap and Nico Rosberg is coasting...

  34. Get involved - Hamilton told to consolidate #bbcf1

    Wallace Darwin: We the viewers want racing, we do not, DO NOT want contrived endings! Team orders make F1 looks staged and a sham.

    G: Real champions don't give up!

    Daggy: It's a race and anything can happen. They should have told Lewis to keep on pushing.

  35. Post update

    There's going to be no denying Nico Rosberg now. Two laps to go and he leads Lewis Hamilton by 15.7s.

    Nico Rosberg coasts to an easy finish
  36. Post update

    Lotus on Twitter:Nothing a small bandage won't sort.

  37. Post update

    Oh and he has nicked it! Max Verstappen locks up and that is the slip up Carlos Sainz needs, sweeping past his Toro Rosso team-mate on the main straight and into P10.

    Carlos Sainz Jr
  38. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton is just under 14 seconds behind and is running out of laps, taking just fourth tenths out of Nico Rosberg's advantage with his latest lap.

    Unless something extraordinary happens, he's going to have to accept Nico Rosberg taking his first win of the year.

    Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz wants a points finish in his home race, and the inter-team bragging rights. He is 11th at the moment, but just four tenths of a second behind his team-mate Max Verstappen.

  39. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "Lewis Hamilton clearly wants to go racing still while the Mercedes team are trying to rein him in. And I think they have reliability in mind. Cast your mind back three weeks and they both had brake problems at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix."

  40. Mercedes team radio

    Engineer: "Looks like it is a big ask to [overtake Rosberg], so maybe better to consolidate the position."

    Lewis Hamilton: "If you are saying it is not possible let me know."

    Engineer: "Yeah I don't think it would be possible with the remaining laps, we'd be better just looking after this one, let him have it."

    Hamilton: "Is it impossible is what I'm asking?"

    Engineer: "Yes, he is going to respond if we pick the pace up. It would be impossible."

  41. Post update

    Kimi Raikkonen's pursuit of Valtteri Bottas is looking like being the most exciting battle of the final few laps of this race. Bottas is seeing red in his mirror, with Raikkonen half a second behind the Williams. Bottas is hold on for now, though. Six laps to go.

  42. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Georgie Rose: Could Ferrari have got their strategy any more wrong?

    Tim Purcell: Alonso has the look of a man who has just traded his milkfloat for a tractor only to find his milkfloat was quite good.

    Hamid Rasool: The Ferraris are awful on the harder compound! Would have been lapped by the Mercs if the whole race had been on them.

  43. Ten laps to go

    Formula 1

    Lap 56 of 66 and this is the top 10 as it stands.

  44. Ferrari team radio


    Sebastian Vettel: "Come on, blue flag! Otherwise I get stuck."

  45. Post update

    A new best from Lewis Hamilton as he clocks 1:28.270, over a second quicker than Nico Rosberg.

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel needs to watch out for Valtteri Bottas, who is fourth and currently lapping half a second quicker than the German.

  46. Ferrari team radio

    Sebastian Vettel is not happy. He trails Hamilton by 9.8s and complains over team radio: "We lost too much time in traffic."

  47. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton is able to cut through traffic so clinically, it's one of his great skills and it's worked for him today."

  48. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "In the end, with that pit stop being very solid, it wasn't even close between Hamilton and Vettel. That's the power of the three-stopper, if you can get the clean air."

  49. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton is told that Sebastian Vettel is now in his pit window. If he heads in, he can emerge in front of the German and he does just that, making his third and final pit stop. He takes on medium tyres and in 2.6s he is back out... in front of the Ferrari. Great stop.

    Rosberg is 20s ahead with 13 laps to go...

  50. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Vettel has a problem, he must have a problem. The gap now is 20 seconds to Hamilton.

    "If Mercedes deliver a world-class pit stop, Hamilton can get in and get out in front of the Ferrari."

  51. Post update

    Is Sebastian Vettel's fight fading? He is 20.1s behind Lewis Hamilton and the gap looks set to only get bigger.

    Fifty laps gone and it is Lewis Hamilton from Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.

  52. Post update

    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "It's all about Vettel versus Hamilton in the latter stage of this grand prix."

  53. Post update

    Pastor Maldonado had given it a good go with that damaged rear wing but his race is now run. He is told to pit on lap 48 and Lotus retire his car.

  54. Post update

    So Lewis Hamilton leads but, having switched to "plan B" he will need to pit once more with 18 laps to go.

  55. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "It's really really slippery in the pits. Dust and rubber marbles thrown up into the air - and more slippy here that another other pit box we go to."

  56. Get involved - #bbcf1

    James A Balmer: What a shame these drivers can't race like they should because they have "worry" about their tyres!

    Sean Harrison: I think all the front jackmen should ask for a pay rise after today!

    Rehan: Where's the good old racing and overtakes? This Formula is not exciting right now. Pit stops more exciting that the race.

  57. Post update

    Nico Rosberg is coasting. He's 20.7s ahead of Lewis Hamilton but still has to make another stop, which he does on lap 45.

    It has not been the best display of pit stops today, but it is a smooth one for Rosberg, 2.8s as hards are put on and he comes out just behind Lewis Hamilton in second.

  58. Post update

    Lotus F1 on Twitter: "All good with the crew. Ice pack redeployed..."

  59. 'They are brave men'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Well held that front jackman. It just show the focus and adrenaline. They are brave men."

    A great picture has just flashed up on the screen of the Lotus jackman in question holding an ice pack over what looks like his gentleman's area, but might actually be his stomach.

    Anyway, the good thing is he's laughing - although not as hard as his team-mates.
  60. As it stands after lap 43

    Formula 1
  61. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel heads in for his second stop of the race, takes on a set of hard tyres, 2.2s and he is back out in fourth.

    Meanwhile, front jackmen are earning their money today! Romain Grosjean heads in, overshoots and one of his team is sent tumbling to the ground, jack in hand. Ouch.

    Grosjean even collected his front left wheel man as well.

  62. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Tshimetsah: It will need a bulldozer to distract Rosberg on that track. He's got it all figured out.

    Vasyl Mylko: Brake issues ahead of Monaco, scary for both McLarens and others between the walls.

    Christopher: Sad how Alonso can't seem to catch a break, feel sorry for him, McLaren-Honda need to shape up.

  63. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    A lucky escape for the McLaren pit crew as the team have confirmed that no-one was injured as Alonso brakes gave up and he overshot pit box.

  64. Post update

    ...Lewis Hamilton is right behind Valtteri Bottas and makes his move heading into Turn One, nails it and he is now up to third.

  65. 'It was scary'

    Fernando Alonso, speaking to BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie: "It was scary. I had no brakes for the whole in-lap, and for the pit stop it was even less.

    "I'm disappointed for the retirement but the only thing we can do now is investigate and come back stronger for Monaco.

    "We are a long way off and we need to make double steps because everyone else is improving.

    "This is a very challenging project, but I'm happy that we're recovering well and we need to keep it up."

  66. Post update

    Max Verstappen, who started sixth, is hanging on to a points finish, he is 10th at the moment, ahead of Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz.

    Meanwhile, Jenson Button, who is currently 17th, is told he is not in danger of falling victim to the same problem Fernando Alonso had.

    Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is continuing his charge, Valtteri Bottas his next target...

    McLaren's Jenson Button
  67. Post update

    Mercedes on Twitter: Flap adjust for Lewis Hamilton kept him a little longer in the box. Short term pain, long term gain!

  68. Post update

    Push Lewis Hamilton does as he storms past Kimi Rakkonen and into fourth.


    He sets the fastest lap so far on lap 35 with 1:29.910, almost three seconds faster than those around him.

  69. Team radio

    Mercedes: "OK Lewis we're on Plan B - keep pushing."

  70. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton is really charging. He's been told he can push on these tyres.

    "Hamilton charging is always worth watching, so keep a close eye on these next few laps."

  71. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Another slightly tardy stop for Hamilton. It looked like the jack got caught under the front wing."

  72. Post update

    A better stop for Lewis Hamilton, 3.4s, as he takes on hard tyres and resumes in fifth, behind Kimi Raikkonen. He has been told he can push on these tyres, indicating he is on a three-stop strategy.

    Lewis Hamilton during a pit stop
  73. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Browncheeks: What is the point of an F1 circuit where it's near impossible to overtake? Rather watch traffic on the M1.

    Ferdi Tjombe: One step forward and two steps back for McLaren.

    Ohigho Musa: It is getting from bad to worse for Alonso. The move to McLaren seems to be a very poor one.

  74. Post update

    There's not too many vying for positions out on the circuit at the moment, although Nico Hulkenberg, in 16th, is edging closer to Pastor Maldonado, the gap just over half a second between the two.

    Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is heading in for his second stop. Will this one be smoother...?

  75. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "I'm down at McLaren and that guy on the front jack is a very brave man and very light on his feet too. When Alonso came in he really did jump."

  76. As it stands after lap 30

    Formula 1
  77. Meanwhile, at the front of the pack...

    Nico Rosberg is sitting pretty out in front, with the gap between himself and Sebastian Vettel now up to 8.2s.

    Nico Rosberg
  78. McLaren team radio

    Fernando Alonso: "I have problem with brakes."

  79. Post update

    That moment David Coulthard mentions happened after Fernando Alonso ran wide at Turn One.

    He corrected himself and got back to the pits but overshot his stop and sends a jack flying 20 metres in front of him. Luckily, no-one gets hurt, but his race is over - almost certainly because of the brake problem.

  80. Alonso overshoots pit box

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "He's only at 70-80kph going into his pit box, so if you can't stop for that then it's obviously a major problem. No ABS in a Formula 1 car."

  81. Maldonado powering on

    Sparks are kicking up from the back of Pastor Maldonado's damaged Lotus.

    He is down in 18th but is nevertheless giving it his all and he picks off Jenson Button at Turn One to move into 17th.

  82. Post update

    Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are some way off a points finish at the moment, running in 17th and 14th respectively with 26 laps gone.

    Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton looks to have eased off his pursuit of Sebastian Vettel, the gap now 1.3s.

    Hamilton and Vettel
  83. Careful Romain

    Remember when the engine cover blew off Romain Grosjean's Lotus in spectacular fashion during practice? Well, it sounds like he is being warned to avoid that happening again.

    He is told over team radio: "Romain, if your don't lift when you hit the bad gear you will blow the engine up. You have to."

    Grosjean is currently eighth, behind Daniel Ricciardo.

    Romain Grosjean
  84. Williams team radio

    Valtteri Bottas' race engineer: Tyres are looking good from our side - looking like Plan C."

  85. Post update

    As Lewis Hamilton keeps up his pursuit of Sebastian Vettel, he may have to keep a close eye on his mirror with Valtteri Bottas flying.

    He is 9.6 seconds behind the Briton but his last two laps have been faster than both Hamilton's and Vettel's.

  86. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Mike Atkinson: Pastor Maldonaldo's rear wing could do with a bit of gaffer tape...

    Dan Leedham: Anyone unsure whether F1 is anything but a team sport, we'll now see how detrimental Hamilton's pit stop issue will be to the result.

    Shohidur Rahman: Is it too early to say Nico has this in the bag? I don't think so.

  87. Frustration for Hamilton?

    Lewis Hamilton is starting to get a little frustrated, judging by his latest comment over team radio.

    "Please, Bono [Peter Bonnington], please try not to speak to me in the corners please," he says.

  88. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    Discussing Lotus' decision to remove the right-hand vertical element of Pastor Maldonado's rear wing due to damage caused in a tangle with team-mate Romain Grosjean.

    "That's a brave call. The centre beam above the exhaust is actually where the structure is supported. The weight coming off the rear tyre is supported by that element.

    "He's at sub-optimal aerodynamic configuration."

  89. Post update

    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Hamilton's putting the hammer down - there'll be a lot of anger in that helmet."

  90. Mercedes team radio

    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "We're going to have to this [overtake Vettel] on track, mate." Hamilton: "I can assure you that's pretty much impossible to do, so you're going to have to come up with another plan."

    Lewis Hamilton closes in on Sebastian Vettel
  91. Post update

    Kimi Raikkonen re-emerges on the circuit with the hard compounded tyre bolted on, the only one of those at the front of the pack not to stop for mediums.

    After 19 laps, Nico Rosberg leads Sebastian Vettel by 6.2 seconds, with Lewis Hamilton just under a second behind the Ferrari.

  92. Post update

    Lotus F1 Team on Twitter: We think we're taking the Mad Max look a little too extreme with Maldonado... #TheThingsWeDoForSponsors

  93. Post update

    Hang on, what's happened here? Pastor Maldonado's rear wing is damaged after contact with Romain Grosjean in the first two laps.

    There is a bit hanging off it and it is effectively snapped off with an almighty tug by a mechanic when Maldonado pits, leaving him with two thirds of a rear wing.

    Meanwhile up at the front, Kimi Raikkonen leads ahead of Nico Rosberg, the Finn yet to stop.

  94. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton is back out just behind Pastor Maldonado in seventh and gets the better of the Lotus at Turn 5.

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel makes his first stop, in and out in 2.3 seconds, before Nico Rosberg also heads in.

  95. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Hamilton's delayed pit stop.

    "That isn't going to help. That's three seconds added to his time."

  96. Slow stop for Hamilton

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton does indeed pit and takes on a new set of medium but oh no! A problem with the left rear and that is a slow stop.

  97. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "This is a game of cat-and-mouse on the race track and off it. When you pit now affects the length of your final stint, and the teams are calculating all of that now."

  98. Mercedes team radio

    Lewis Hamilton race engineer: "OK Lewis. It's Hammertime. Box, box - do the opposite to Vettel."

  99. Hamilton edging closer


    Lewis Hamilton is edging closer to Sebastian Vettel with the gap down to sixth tenths but is he going to have enough to make the pass?

    Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg pits, as does Felipe Nasr, who had been complaining of vibrations in his Sauber earlier.

  100. As it stands after 10 laps

    Formula 1

    It was anticipated the front three would employ a two-stop strategy, but does plan B mean Lewis Hamilton will be on a three stopper?

  101. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Meanwhile, Maldonado is storming but he has a damaged right rear wing endplate - doesn't seem to be holding him up much, currently P7.

  102. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This is a positive showing from Maldonado and he really needs a strong weekend."

    The Lotus driver is running in seventh place, ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean.

  103. Rosberg builds advantage

    Pastor Maldonado, winner of the Spanish GP in 2012, is going for it. He is up to seventh now having picked off Max Verstappen and now he has Felipe Massa in his sights.

    Up front, everything is pretty peachy for Nico Rosberg, who leads by more than six seconds. Comfortable, and a contrast to Lewis Hamilton's fortunes, who is informed over team radio that he is "switching to plan B."

    Nico Rosberg
  104. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "We're getting towards three-stop territory now. If you are doing a three-stop, you need to stop around lap 10 or 11. It is theoretically quicker."

  105. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Rian Hoskins: Rosberg couldn't have had a better start but while Hamilton has work to do, he relishes the challenge of fighting his way through.

    Justin Gray: C'mon Vettel we want an exciting season and you're the only one that can make that happen.

    Di B: Think a bit of Hammertime might have to come now rather than later!

  106. "Impossible to get close"

    Replays show too much wheelspin from Lewis Hamilton hampered his start and he is struggling to close in on Sebastian Vettel. "It is impossible to get close," he reports over team radio. He is a second behind with the Ferrari with six laps gone.

    Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean has to give up his position to Daniel Ricciardo and the Lotus is down to 11th.

  107. Sainz under attack

    Carlos Sainz is mixing it with some of the big guns after qualifying fifth and he is swiftly under attack. Not long after Kimi Raikkonen passes him, Felipe Massa also sweeps past with ease just before Turn One and the Spaniard is down to eighth.

  108. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Hamilton not getting away as well as he planned. He's in third position and Rosberg is beginning to open up a gap on the Ferrari of Vettel."

    Nico Rosberg leads the Spanish GP
  109. Rosberg leads after lap one

    No real drama in the first lap as everyone manages to keep out of each other's way. Nico Rosberg leads Sebastian Vettel by one second, with Lewis Hamilton two seconds behind.

    Kimi Raikkonen, who started from seventh, makes the biggest gain climbing up to fifth. Good start from the Finn after a pretty torrid weekend so far.

    Nico Rosberg leads in the early stages
  110. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    The lowest winning #F1 Spanish grid slot of the past 10 years was P5 (ALO,13) - currently occupied by another Spaniard… Sainz!

  111. Go! Go! Go!

    The lights go out and the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix is under way!

    It is a long run down to the first corner, 730m to be exact, and Nico Rosberg is away perfectly, holding on to the lead as Lewis Hamilton drops down to third, behind Sebastian Vettel.

    Nico Rosberg leads
  112. Post update

    The formation lap is under way, with all of the grid heading out on the medium rubber.

  113. Post update

    Formula 1

    McLaren: Tyre blankets disconnected, cables out of the way & the crew prepare to unwrap the tyres

  114. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Brett Heasman: Hamilton-Rosberg collision, Vettel victory with Bottas & Verstappen on podium.

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Given the challenges of overtakes in the circuit, many drivers may opt to try and move up positions at the start. Recipe for safety car!

    Phil Slocombe: Lewis to make another electric start and take Nico before the first corner. Another win with Nico or Seb second, Kimi 3rd.

  115. Pirelli predicts...

    "A three-stop strategy is theoretically slightly quicker for the 66-lap race, but doesn't justify the traffic risks involved. Consequently, a two-stopper is actually more likely: especially for the cars at the front of the grid.

    "The best strategy would be start on medium, medium again on lap 23, hard on lap 50. The theoretically fastest three-stopper is to start on the medium, switch to medium again on laps 17 and 35, before a final stint on the hard from lap 55."

  116. Post update

    Formula 1

    The anthems have been completed. All that remains is for the grid to clear, the drivers to get into the cars and then it is lights out!

  117. Drivers' championship standings

    Formula 1

    How will the drivers' standings look in a couple of hours?

  118. Post update

    McLaren on Twitter: It's hotting up on the grid. That updated lick of paint is looking mega in the sunshine.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    You can now listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary on the race on your radio and online, via the live coverage tab on this page. Get it on!

  120. What's wrong with Red Bull?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Barcelona

    "Why were the Toro Rossos quicker than the Red Bulls in qualifying? The answer seems to be simply that, at the moment, on this weekend, it is a better car.

    "Both Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen agreed that it was down to the Toro Rosso's strong aerodynamics. 'Every track we have been to we have been one of the fastest in the fast corners, sometimes very close to Mercedes,' Verstappen said.

    "'We were always confident this track would be good for us, but this good we did not expect.' Daniil Kvyat, the quicker Red Bull driver for the first time this season, said: 'They are simply faster.'"

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo
  121. THE GRID

    One final reminder of how they are lining up for today's race:

    1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Valtteri Bottas 5) Carlos Sainz 6) Max Verstappen 7) Kimi Raikkonen 8) Daniil Kvyat 9) Felipe Massa 10) Daniel Ricciardo

    11) Romain Grosjean 12) Pastor Maldonado 13) Fernando Alonso 14) Jenson Button 15) Felipe Nasr 16) Marcus Ericsson 17) Nico Hulkenberg 18) Sergio Perez 19) Will Stevens 20) Roberto Merhi

  122. Post update

    With the pit lane open, the drivers have climbed into their cars and made their way on to the grid. A little under 20 minutes until the Spanish Grand Prix gets under way.

  123. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This is the proving ground for Formula 1. It has been on the calendar for 25 years, it is where most of the pre-season testing was done and it is an opportunity for people to really see how the teams have developed over those for grands prix."

  124. Spanish Grand Prix

    Twenty five years of the Circuit de Catalunya

    Formula 1

    One last moment from history before we focus on the present day. Here's BBC Radio 5 live commentator Allan McNish in his Toyota days preparing for the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix, which saw the increasingly familiar sight of Michael Schumacher taking victory.

    Formula 1
  125. F1's greatest liveries - your selections


    We spent a few happy hours discussing F1's greatest liveries on Friday and you can see the upshot of all that in this picture feature.

    Rather unforgivably, the stunning Gold Leaf Lotus did not make the article, so it is presented above by way of an apology.

    Bonus points available if anyone can name the man at the wheel.

  126. Get involved - race predictions #bbcf1

    Peter McAree: Typical Vettel undercut to get on to the higher step of the podium.

    Mihail Nesterovich: Hamilton, Rosberg, Raikkonen! Lewis will pull another cracking overtake late in the race!

    Joanna Harran: Would like Fernando to have a bit of luck for a change. Especially in front of his home crowd.

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    Formula 1
  128. Post update

    Formula 1

    No chance of rain in Spain for today's race, with forecasts stating it will be staying dry and sunny throughout the day.

  129. Spanish Grand Prix

    Twenty five years of the Circuit de Catalunya

    Formula 1

    On one of the few occasions the Spanish Grand Prix was not won from pole, Michael Schumacher led for much of the 2000 race but two pit stop errors allowed Mika Hakkinen to eat into his advantage and eventually move into the lead, where he remained to the chequered flag to take his first win of the year.

    Spanish GP
  130. Get involved - race predictions #bbcf1

    F G Donegan: Hamilton first, Vettel second, Bottas third and Manor Marussia will score their first points of the season before McLaren.

    Colin Bowett: If they get their strategy spot on, I can see Toro Rosso scraping a podium finish!

    Jonathan Dixon: Hamilton will get a better start than Rosberg, lead into turn one and win. Vettel will pass Nico at the 2nd pit stop and keep him behind.

  131. Post update

    Manor's Will Stevens on Twitter: Nice track parade here! Really good atmosphere around and nice to see lots of British flags! #WS28 #SpanishGP

    Will Stevens
  132. Two stop for the frontrunners?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Strategy-wise, this is expected to be either a two- or three-stop race. Three stops is quicker by about 10 seconds or so but engineers expect the field to be split.

    "Although overtaking is difficult here, that is not enough to play a big part in the decision because a car on new tyres will have a lot more grip than one on older ones out of sync on strategy, so should be able to get past relatively easily. One decisive factor, though, is how many new tyres a driver has.

    "If one driver has two sets of new mediums - as Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado do, for example - and another has none - as, for example, is the case at Red Bull and Toro Rosso - that is is an advantage of 15 or 16 seconds."

  133. 'Any one of four to lead the race'

    Formula 1

    If there is a man who knows how to win on the Circuit de Catalunya it is Nigel Mansell, having won the first two races held on this track.

    The great man has spoken, tweeting: "Race fans I predict a exciting start of the race more so than usual, as its a good drag down the straight to first corner. No contact please.

    "Ferrari will also be charging down into Turn 1, may be possible to have one of four drivers at front to lead this race."

  134. Start to prove crucial?

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton says he needs a "rocket start" to deny Nico Rosberg a first win of the season and how the two start the race could ultimately prove race defining.

    At 730 metres, the run from the start line to the first corner at Barcelona is one of the longest in Formula 1 and if Hamilton gets past Rosberg, it could be difficult for the latter to get back in front.

    The circuit is notoriously difficult to overtake on with, as I've mentioned earlier, eight of the last 10 pole sitters going on to take victory.

  135. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Barcelona

    "The stars of qualifying were undoubtedly Toro Rosso, with Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen fifth and sixth and, even more impressively, half a second faster than both cars from senior team Red Bull.

    "Sainz, clearly thrilled to have done so well at his first home race, said it 'felt like a pole position'. The Spaniard has handled the extra pressure of his home race remarkably well.

    "'You have a lot more interviews, a lot more photos to take in the paddock, a lot more events and press conferences,' he said, 'but to be honest I did not realise I was in Spain until the Q3 in lap and suddenly I came out of my qualifying bubble and looked around and saw all the crowd cheering and I say, yeah, wow, this must be for me. And I was so happy.'"

  136. Sainz to steal the show?

    Formula 1

    Home favourite Fernando Alonso unsurprisingly got a huge cheer from the local fans in the stands during the drivers' parade, but it could be another young Spaniard who steal the show today.

    Carlos Sainz qualified fifth for his first home grand prix, just ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen to complete a brilliant day of qualifying on Saturday for Toro Rosso.

  137. Spanish Grand Prix

    Twenty five years of the Circuit de Catalunya

    Formula 1

    Mika Hakkinen takes the chequered flag in his McLaren to win the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix. The Finn, who started on pole, won the race ahead of David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher.

    Formula 1
  138. 'A vast improvement'

    Jenson Button

    McLaren's Jenson Button has been speaking to the media following the drivers' parade and sounds upbeat.

    "We'll do the best we can as a team and there might be some points today - we'll see," says Button. "From we were in winter testing [in Barcelona] … we weren't going round then. So this is a vast improvement."

  139. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Barcelona

    "There was another step forward from McLaren this weekend, both cars getting into second qualifying for the first time this season.

    "Fernando Alonso, who pipped Jenson Button for the first time this season in what is turning into a very tight qualifying battle between the two former champions, is hopeful of turning his 13th place into the team's first points, saying a top 10 finish was 'very possible' and that he was 'confident'.

    "Button was sceptical. 'If you look at the times on Friday, the top 10 were very quick on their long runs,' he said. 'I want what Fernando had for breakfast this morning and maybe I'll be a bit more positive. We do have some gains on the power unit which will be a positive. I am happy with the progress we made this weekend. It's great we can be 13th and 14th. The last race Fernando was in 14th but a few of the cars had problems. Now, this is straightforward. Our pace has stepped forward which is good. Hopefully we can make the best out of what we have and other people won't.'"

  140. Ton up for Button

    Jenson Button

    Barring any problems, Jenson Button will make a 100th Grand Prix start for McLaren this afternoon, becoming only the fifth driver in the team's history to do so behind Alain Prost (107), Lewis Hamilton (110), Mika Hakkinen (131) and David Coulthard (150).

    Formula 1
    Image caption: Alain Prost in action for McLaren in 1988
  141. What the papers say

    Formula 1

    McLaren are the focus of The Sun's preview for this race, describing how Jenson Button had his best qualifying of the season thanks to McLaren's new high-tech paint job.

  142. Not a sure thing...

    Formula 1

    While this grand prix has been won from pole in eight of the 10 previous race, on the eight occasions Nico Rosberg started on pole with Lewis Hamilton right behind, the German managed to stay in front of his team-mate just twice - at Monaco and Brazil.

  143. "You can't win them all"

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton has always been a heart on his sleeve kind of guy. He does not hide his disappointment very well. One thing I thought was telling on Saturday is he said 'you can't win them all'. He acknowledges when you have someone like Nico Rosberg, who is a quick driver, he will get poles and will get races wins."

  144. What the papers say

    Sunday Times

    The Sunday Times steers clear of Lewis Hamilton's contract wrangle to focus on matters on the track, where it says team-mate Nico Rosberg is set to begin applying pressure to the world champion.

  145. What the papers say

    Mail on Sunday

    The Mail on Sunday focuses on Lewis Hamilton's ongoing contract talks with Mercedes and speculates that the team is digging in its heels over his demands for £145m over three years.

  146. Spanish Grand Prix

    Twenty five years of the Circuit de Catalunya

    Spanish Grand Prix

    Gerhard Berger relaxes in the Ferrari garage at the 1995 Spanish Grand Prix. He would finish third at the race, his best result at the Circuit de Catalunya.

  147. Get involved - race predictions #bbcf1

    Samuel Douglas: Hamilton to win, Vettel second, Rosberg third and the Toro Rosso's impressing.

    Niyaj: Hamilton to jump Rosberg at the start, then a fight between him and Rosberg to the finish, resulting in a Hamilton win.

    Jenks: I predict everything Renault powered to blow up.

  148. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Barcelona

    "Like most teams, Williams brought an upgrade to the Spanish Grand Prix, aimed at improving 'driveability and headline downforce', according to head of performance Rob Smedley, and it has worked.

    "Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth, just 0.2secs behind Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari. Beating him, though, will not be easy. Williams have had to realign their expectations this season after finding Ferrari were a long way ahead of them, and Bottas's performance was not quite enough for Smedley to reappraise where Williams are just yet.

    "We have put ourselves in a favourable position with Ferrari,' he said. 'They are ahead of us in the championship and ahead in terms of pace but they are not insurmountable.'"

  149. Post update


    A little pre-race engagement party for Valtteri Bottas, who lines up fourth on the grid for today's race. This is the first grand prix his fiance Emilia has joined him at since he popped the question. No pressure to perform then Valtteri...

  150. Heat turned up on Kimi (in more ways than one!)

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were the only drivers to get through Q1 on hard tyres, enabling them to save a set of fresh mediums for the race.

    No such joy for Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, however, who had a bit a shocker on Saturday.

    The Finn completed just one run in Q3 on fresh tyres rather than the usual two, and stated later that he had lost a set of tyres because, of all things, a burning blanket.

    He said: "We had one set of new tyres we would probably have used in the last qualifying but for some freak reason it got burnt in the blankets and destroyed. It is one of those things."

  151. Senna in Seb's sights

    Sebastian Vettel

    It might be a tough ask for him to secure this in Spain with the two Mercedes ahead of him, but Sebastian Vettel's next race victory will tie Ayrton Senna's career total of 41.

  152. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Barcelona

    "Can Ferrari challenge Mercedes this afternoon? It doesn't look like it on the evidence so far. The Italian cars retain their ability to make their tyres last longer than on the Mercedes, but on pure pace they have been miles off around the Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya this weekend.

    "Hard or medium tyres, low fuel or high, there has been a consistent margin of at least 0.8secs a lap between the Mercedes and Ferrari."

  153. Super six for Schumacher

    Michael Schumacher

    Out of the current field of drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are the only multiple winners of the Spanish Grand Prix, having won on the circuit twice before.

    Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most wins with six. His first was in 1995 and his last in 2004.

    Michael Schumacher
    Image caption: Michael Schumacher leads the pack into the first corner at the 1995 Spanish GP
  154. Schumacher's finest hour?

    Twenty five years of the Circuit de Catalunya

    Formula 1

    The 1996 Spanish Grand Prix was the scene of Michael Schumacher's first win for Ferrari. It is also a victory that is generally viewed as his finest.

    It torrential conditions, Schumacher recovered from a poor start, when he dropped to seventh, to superbly navigate his way through the field and into a dominant lead, ultimately winning by 45 seconds.

    Michael Schumacher
  155. Twenty five years of the Circuit de Catalunya

    This will be the 25th grand prix held at the Circuit de Catalunya, and as we have over an hour until lights out I've trawled the archives for pictures of past races on the circuit to keep us entertained during the build up...

  156. No Nico, that's not an office


    As Andrew mentions, Nico Rosberg played down his first pole of the season, describing it as "a good day of the office".

    I'm not sure thundering around a circuit in the baking Barcelona sun constitutes "a day at the office". It seems Mercedes' technical executive director Paddy Lowe agrees...

  157. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Barcelona

    "Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff was quick to play down the ramifications of Nico Rosberg beating Lewis Hamilton in qualifying. 'I know we like top talk them up and down,' Wolff said. 'Of course Lewis had quite a run, winning four races, but Nico was still in good spirits. Today he managed to extract a good lap and Lewis got in a bit of messy set-up situation or unlucky on the track with the conditions and here we go but I wouldn't interpret too much into whether somebody bounced back now or whether the dynamics changed. It's just another race.'

    "Rosberg and Hamilton were singing from the same hymn sheet, with Rosberg dismissing a question about the psychological importance of his achievement by saying: 'It's just important for the race'. Let's not kid ourselves, though. Everyone knows it was important for Rosberg to lay down a marker if the championship was not going to start slipping away."

  158. THE GRID

    Here is how the drivers will line up today:

    1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Valtteri Bottas 5) Carlos Sainz 6) Max Verstappen 7) Kimi Raikkonen 9) Felipe Massa 10) Daniel Ricciardo

    11) Romain Grosjean 12) Pastor Maldonado 13) Fernando Alonso 14) Jenson Button 15) Felipe Nasr 16) Marcus Ericsson 17) Nico Hulkenberg 18) Sergio Perez 19) Will Stevens 20) Roberto Merhi

  159. Start as he means to go on?