Verstappen WINS Spanish Grand Prix

Lap 66: Norris runs out of time and Verstappen race into his seventh victory of the season. What. A. Race.

Norris continues to close gap

Lap 65: The gap is down to three seconds… can Norris do it?

Norris closes gap

Lap 63: Norris has. brought down the gap to Vertappen to under four second… but is it too little too late? We shall see.

Five laps to go

Lap 61: The end of this race is insight and Verstappen is closing in on his seventh win of the 2024 season.

Leclerc overtakes Sainz

Lap 58: Leclerc is on the soft tyre in comparison to Sainz and the Monegasque driver gets past his Ferrari team-mate to move into fifth.

Not long to go

Lap 57: We are nearing the end of the Spanish Grand Prix but can Norris cause an upset and race ahead of Verstappen and take top spot?

Norris chases Verstappen

Lap 55: Norris is seeking to close down on Verstappen but the gap remains around the five-second mark in favour of the Red Bull driver.

Top three

Lap 54: The top three looks set to be Verstappen, Norris and Hamilton. But in which order will it be at the end of the 66th and final lap?

Hamilton overtakes Russell

Lap 52: Hamilton and Russell are on the main striraight and the seven-time world champion pounces to take third spot.

Top five

Lap 49: 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2. Lando Norris (McLaren)

3. George Russell (Mercedes)

4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen competes during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on June 23, 2024 in Montmelo, on the outskirts of Barcelona. (Photo by Manaure Quintero / AFP) (Photo by MANAURE QUINTERO/AFP via Getty Images)

Norris in second

Lap 48: McLaren swap Norris’ medium tyres for softs and the stop takes three seconds. But the Brit manages to hold on to second.

Norris pits

Lap 47: Norris is hungry to pick up his second F1 win and McLaren call him in to fit a fresh set of tyres.

Mercedes gain momentum

Lap 46: Both Hamilton and Russell gain positions. Hamilton overtakes Sainz of Ferrari for sixth while Russell takes fourth spot.

Verstappen pits

Lap 45: Verstappen comes into the pit and is fitted with a fresh set of soft tyres by Red Bull. Norris takes the lead.

Speedy Russell

Lap 43: Russell banks the fastest lap of the race!

Norris closes in on Verstappen

Lap 41: Thanks to fresh tyres, Norris is closing in on first-placed Verstappen. The gap was eight seconds but the McLaren driver has reduced it to five and a half seconds.

Great race for Zhou Guanyu

Lap 40: Down in 10th, Sauber’s Zhou Guanyu is have a great race and on track to secure his first point of the season.

Top five

  1. Verstappen
  2. Norris
  3. Hamilton
  4. Leclerc
  5. Piastri

Russell pits

Lap 37: After his exclirating battle with Norris, Russell needs to regroup and he pits for a tyre change.

Norris goes SECOND

Lap 35: WOW! Russell and Norris are providing the entertainemnt here. Norris moves up to second on Turn Three but the Mercedes driver takes back his spot on Turn Five.

Norris eventually regains second spot but Russell didn’t give it up with ease!

Norris overtakes Hamilton

Lap 32: I mentioned earlier Norris was looking to overtake Hamilton and he finally succeeds and moves up.

Top five

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2. George Russell (Mercedes)

3. Lando Norris (McLaren)

4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

Norris chases Hamilton

Lap 31: Norris is currently driving with Fresh tyres and tries an early charge into Turn One but he’s unable to overtake Hamilton… for now.

Cloudy Barcelona

Lap 29: The temperature in Barcelona remains warm but clouds are starting to form. Are we going to get some rain?

Norris overtakes Sainz

Lap 27: With the help of fresh tires and

DRS, Norris is currently the fastest man and he overtakes Sainz.

Top five

Lap 25: 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2. George Russell (Mercedes)

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

5. Lando Norris (McLaren)

Leclerc pits

Lap 24: Almost immeditly after McLaren called in Norris, Ferrari decide to do the same with LeClerc for his first pit stop.

Verstappen is now the leader, with Russell second and Mercedes team-mate Hamilton third.

Norris finally pits

Lap 23: Norris is leading but McLaren decide to finally bring him in. He comes back out in sixth, behind Sainz.

Piastri pits

Lap 22: Verstappen gets past Piastri and McLaren decide it’s the right time for Piastri to pit. He comes back out in 11th and immedielt overtakes Hulkenberg.

Top five

  1. Norris
  2. Leclerc
  3. Piastri
  4. Verstappen
  5. Russell

The top three are yet to pit.

Hamilton overtakes Sainz

Lap 20: Hamilton has DRS down the main straight and sends it up inside before squeezing past Sainz.

Verstappen in and out

Lap 18: Red Bull next up as Verstappen comes in and immeditly head out in a flash in fourth spot.

Hamilton’s turn

Lap 17: Now it’s Hamilton’s turn as he come in for a pit stop. He then comes out behind Russell and Sainz.

Russell comes in

Lap 16: George Russell comes in but there was some hestitation from Mercedes before rejoining the action in eighth.

Alpine mess

Lap 14: Alpine make a fuss of Gasly’s stop and the Frenchman is now 13th having been seventh.

Pit stops

Lap 14: A lot of stops are being triggered now as Red Bull and Alpine bring in Perez and Ocon respectively.

Hamilton drops out of DRS

Lap 12: In attempt to overtake Russell in second, Norris uses his DRS. Meanwhile Hamilton has lost his DRS and will be under pressure from the two Ferraris behind him.

Piastri moves up

Lap 9: McLaren’s Oscar Piastri hustles the Alpine of Esteban Ocon for eighth and eventually takes it.

Standings

  1. Verstappen  Interval
  2. Russell       +1.4
  3. Norris         +0.8
  4. Hamilton    +0.8
  5. Sainz          +1.5

Verstappen pulling away

Lap 7: Verstappen is pulling away from George Russell in second. Norris is third and Hamilton is behind him in fourth.

Leclerc is overtaken

Lap 4: Charles Leclerc has been passed by Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz. Sainz is currently fifth while Leclerc is sixth.

Verstappen leads!

Lap 3: George Russell has been overtaken by Redbull’s Max Verstappen. The Dutchman managed to creep past with the use of DRS and he’s pulling away.

Norris drops down

Lap 2: Lando Norris has dropped down to third with Verstappen maintinaing his second spot.

Russell takes the lead

Lano Norris sets off at a rapid pace but George Russell goes from the outside and takes the lead. Incredible move from the Mercedes driver!

Lights out and away we go!

Formation lap underway

We are now just moments away from the start, stay tuned!

Pique spotted

There are a number of so called famous people watching on in Barcelona and one of those is former Spain defender Gerard Pique.

A mix of supporters in the stands

Less than 15 minutes to go until lights out

Excited Norris

Lando Norris’ hopes of claiming victory from pole were dashed with five laps to go at the Russian Grand Prix in 2021 but he remains optimistic today.

I’m thinking about the race, the [qualifying] lap was a great lap and I don’t think I will come out of a Saturday, pole or not, as I did because it felt that good. I’m excited to get today going and see if we can keep it up.

Formula One F1 - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - June 23, 2024 McLaren's Lando Norris during the drivers parade before the race REUTERS/Susana Vera

Delighted Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton fininshed third after outqualifying team-mate George Russell and he says Mercedes’ return to the front of the grid has been coming. He told Sky Sports:

“It has been a long time coming for us as a team

“For us to be in this position where we get a third and a fourth and are starting to be more consistent in that realm is huge.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 23: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes waves to the crowd on the drivers parade prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on June 23, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Home soil

Carlos Sainz will of course be racing on home soil this afternoon and he has recieved a superb welcome to say the least…

STARTING GRID

1. Lando Norris

2. Max Verstappen

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. George Russell

5. Charles Leclerc

6. Carlos Sainz

7. Pierre Gasly

8. Esteban Ocon

9. Oscar Piastri

10. Sergio Perez*

11. Fernando Alonso

12. Valtteri Bottas

13. Nico Hulkenberg

14. Lance Stroll

15. Zhou Guanyu

16. Kevin Magnussen

17. Yuki Tsunoda

18. Daniel Ricciardo

19. Alex Albon

20. Logan Sargeant

TOPSHOT - McLaren's British driver Lando Norris competes in the qualification session at the Circuit de Catalunya on June 22, 2024 in Montmelo, on the outskirts of Barcelona, during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Norris in pole position

Lando Norris will start from the front after securing his second pole position of his F1 career, having beaten off Max Verstappen in the qualifying.

He claimed the first win of his career in Miami in May… can he make it a second today?

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 22: First pole holder Max Verstappen (R) of Red Bull Racing and second pole holder Lando Norris (L) of McLaren and third pole holder Lewis Hamilton (R) of Mercedes after qualifying ahead of F1 Spanish Grand Prix at the 'Barcelona-Catalunya' circuit in Barcelona, Spain on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Good afternoon

And welcome to Mail Sport’s live blog for the Spanish Grand Prix.

We will be bringing you all the updates and lap-by-lap action from lights out at 2pm.

Stay tuned!

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