Charles Leclerc signs his fourth pole position of the season in Barcelona

Charles Leclerc signs his fourth pole position of the season in Barcelona

5:29 p.m.

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5:26 p.m.

George Russell, 4th, at the Canal+ microphone:

It’s the best Saturday we’ve had, and it wasn’t a perfect session, I had trouble with the tyres, so fourth I think we have to be satisfied. I think it will be difficult to fight with the Red Bulls. They have a very high race pace, we have two Ferraris in front of us, maybe that’s where the fight is going to be, I think we can fight with Charles and Carlos.

5:22 p.m.

Pierre Gasly, 14th and eliminated in Q2, at the Canal+ microphone:

Very complicated, this morning disappointed not to be able to drive the FP3, we had a problem at the rear of the car, they had to remove the gearbox, we couldn’t do the session when we had lots of things to try, unfortunately it didn’t go as we would have hoped. All weekend we struggled on this track. It’s true that since yesterday we’ve been trying to find solutions, I’m slipping a lot, we had zero traction, we tried something for qualifying but unfortunately it didn’t work. We’ll have to work, try to understand, but for tomorrow it’s the car we have, we’ll have to fight with it. The race will be very long, with a lot of degradation, we will try to seize the opportunities that come our way. Charles was very strong. I am very happy for him.

5:17 p.m.

Carlos Sainz, 3rd, at the Canal+ microphone:

It’s been a complicated weekend so far, the conditions haven’t been easy, with the wind and the heat, but I’ve managed to set a decent lap. The key will be the start and tire management, so I’ll try to get a good start and then we’ll see. I think that tomorrow everything is possible, we will try to give the best. It wasn’t the best position in Q2, I had to put on an extra set of tyres, which I will miss tomorrow.

5:13 p.m.

Max Verstappen, 2nd, at the Canal+ microphone:

It’s always hard to say but I couldn’t make my last attempt. I just lost power, it’s a shame, but overall to be on the front row here, when you look at how the weekend has gone so far, it’s a great achievement. Of course I would have liked to go further. It will be a difficult race on the tyres, tomorrow it will be very hot again, it will be difficult to pass them, but I hope that our car will still be economical with the tyres.

5:10 p.m.

Charles Leclerc, poleman, at the Canal+ microphone:

I feel really good, it was a very difficult qualifying, especially in Q3 because I made a mistake in my first attempt. And of course I only had one lap, but it went extremely well. There were some hot moments in my lap, but I’m very happy. It’s a very good trick. We are in the best position to start the race but I am wary of the Red Bulls and Max because they seem to be managing their tires well on the stints.

5:03 p.m.

Charles Leclerc signs his 13th career pole position, and returns to a unit of Max Verstappen.

5:02 p.m.

Fortunately for Max Verstappen, no one has managed to do better than him and he remains on the front line. But with the problem on his engine, we will have to watch for possible penalties for changing parts on the Dutchman’s engine.

5:01 p.m.

🏁 Fourth pole position of the season for Charles Leclerc.

5:00 p.m.

The Monegasque signs a 1’18”750, while Max Verstappen signaled that he was losing power, it’s over for the Dutchman!

5:00 p.m.

Q3 – 30 seconds remaining. Leclerc best time!

4:58 p.m.

Q3 – 2 minutes remaining. The pilots leave for their last run

4:57 p.m.

Esteban Ocon, 12th and eliminated in Q2:

It’s difficult, complicated. We expected more performance than what we showed. The tires overheated at the end of the lap, that’s what we missed. We have several sets of new tires for tomorrow, it’s a bit of hope to get into the top 10. There will be a lot of investigations I think after this qualifying, we may be able to take advantage of that.

4:54 p.m.

Meanwhile, Max Verstappen hits hard with a record time of 1’19”073. He is ahead of Carlos Sainz.

4:53 p.m.

Q3 – 8 minutes remaining. Leclerc is at fault!

The Monegasque spun off in the chicane not far from the finish. He immediately returns to the pits to change his tyres.

4:48 p.m.

⏱️ Q3 – 12 minutes remaining: let’s go for the last session

4:41 p.m.

Verstappen improved on his last lap with 1’19”219. The Dutchman raised his voice.

4:41 p.m.

🏁 Sainz best time at checkered flag

The Spanish driver sets a time of 1’19”453.

4:39 p.m.

Q2 – 2 minutes remaining

George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc did not emerge. They preserve themselves for Q3.

4:37 p.m.

For the moment Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon, Guanyu Zhou, Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly are the virtually eliminated drivers.

4:36 p.m.

Q2 – 5 minutes remaining. Red Bull and Ferrari down

Leclerc and Verstappen only posted 4th and 6th times in their first attempt.

4:35 p.m.

337

The Mercedes have raised the tone in top speed with a record for Lewis Hamilton with 337 km / h in a straight line.

4:32 p.m.

Q2 – 8 minutes remaining. Best time of the weekend for Russell

The British driver sets a benchmark in 1’19”470 and takes the lead. He is ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

4:31 p.m.

Did the Aston Martin team plagiarize Red Bull?

The current Aston Martin closely resembles the Red Bull single-seater, so much so that suspicions of plagiarism have emerged. Very quickly, the FIA ​​reacted and considered that there was no infringement on the part of Sebastian Vettel’s team.

4:30 p.m.

Q2 – 10 minutes remaining. The pilots are barely starting in this session

4:26 p.m.

⏱️ Q2 – 15 minutes left. Let’s go for the second session

4:22 p.m.

The Aston Martins may have been talked about at the start of the weekend, but they both find themselves eliminated from qualifying.

4:21 p.m.

Big disappointment for Alpine with local Fernando Alonso already eliminated, while Esteban Ocon narrowly moved to 15th place for Q2.

4:15 p.m.

Q1 – 3 minutes remaining. Gasly threatened

Pierre Gasly’s first attempt is inconclusive. The Frenchman may have paid the price for his lack of running this morning due to engine failure.

4:12 p.m.

Q1 – 6 minutes remaining. Ocon in the top 10

Esteban Ocon moved up to 10th, one second behind Charles Leclerc.

4:11 p.m.

For now, Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi and Yuki Tsunoda are provisionally eliminated.

4:10 p.m.

Q1. 9 minutes remaining. Ferrari goes under 1’20

The Spaniard and the Monegasque signed blow for blow the best reference. Leclerc leads in 1’19”861.

4:08 p.m.

Q1 – 10 minutes remaining. Verstappen improves

The Dutchman passes in 1’20”091.

4:05 p.m.

Q1 – 13 minutes remaining. Few drivers on the track

They are only three pilots to have set a time for the moment and the majority of the pilots are still in the box.

4:03 p.m.

As a reminder, the best time of the weekend so far was achieved by Charles Leclerc in 1’19”670 on Friday during free practice 2.

4:01 p.m.

⏱️ Let’s go for Q1

3:59 p.m.

🎥 Experience a lap of the circuit with an on-board camera aboard the helmet of local Fernando Alonso

3:56 p.m.

🌡️☀️ It’s hot and heavy this weekend in Barcelona. A few minutes before qualifying, it was 34 degrees in the air and 47 on the track.

3:51 p.m.

9

The Mercedes team remains in Barcelona on nine consecutive pole positions. Since the beginning of the weekend, the drivers have been pretty much in the game thanks to the improvements made to the circuit. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, remains on five successes in a row at the Spanish Grand Prix. We may therefore also have to rely on the Silver Arrows this weekend!

3:47 p.m.

👀 Suspicion of plagiarism at Aston Martin?

A soap opera started at the start of the weekend, after the arrival of changes to the Aston Martin in Barcelona, ​​which strongly resemble the configuration of the Red Bull since the start of the season, particularly in terms of the flat bottom and the pontoon of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll’s single-seater. The FIA, however, considered that no offense was committed by the Aston Martin team.

3:35 p.m.

Lewis Hamilton smiles again after an encouraging first day

Third in the first day of free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was positive when taking stock. He appreciates the progress made on the Mercedes, even if his teammate remains for his part a little more measured on the conclusions to be drawn from these performances on a circuit where his teammate has always been successful.

3:28 p.m.

📋 Barcelona: speed, track, records… Everything you need to know about the Spanish Grand Prix track

The Barcelona-Catalunya circuit has been on the Formula 1 world championship calendar since the 1991 season. It also hosts pre-season winter testing every year. Here’s everything you need to know about the circuit hosting the Spanish Grand Prix.

3:23 p.m.

“I am stiffer this year”: Carlos Sainz Jr worried about the health of the pilots

Asked by Motorsport.com about new F1 regulations and new single-seaters, Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr admitted to being worried about the health of drivers with these new cars. Heavier and less lively in the corners, they have different repercussions from the cars of the previous era. Before the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, where he will be at home, the Spaniard therefore shares his questions.

3:20 p.m.

Charles Leclerc still in front after free practice 3

Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) set the fastest time in the 3rd free practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix, 6th round of the Formula 1 World Championship, on Saturday at the Barcelona-Catalonia circuit in Montmelo.

3:14 p.m.

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