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F1 Spanish Grand Prix practice LIVE: Hamilton chases fourth season win after Verstappen victory at Silverstone – updates

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F1 is in Spain as Lewis Hamilton looks to make it four wins from six so far this season.

But Max Verstappen will be looking to challenge the Brit again after claiming the chequered flag in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Get all the latest F1 updates from Barcelona here...

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Huntjust now

    GASLY IS IN THE GARAGE

    AlphaTauri are stripping down the front of Pierre Gasly's car. I am guessing it is something to do with the steering or braking.

    That will deny him some track trim this morning.

    The Frenchman has put in some fantastic performances this season.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt6 minutes ago

    VETTEL CURRENTLY IN P17

    The German gave a cryptic answer yesterday when he was asked about his future.

    New chassis this week for Spain. He said they found crack in the old one last week.

    It's not making much difference at the moment.

    He needs a result here this weekend. He is 13th in the championship.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt14 minutes ago
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    LEW LOOKING FOCUSED

    Hamilton is looking good and focused before heading out on track.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt21 minutes ago

    DEBUT FOR NISSANY

    Roy Nissany is making his debut for Williams in FP1.

    The 25-year-old has hardly had a spectacular career.

    His last win was back in 2017 in World Series V8 3.5.

    Guessing that seat would be a lucrative one for Williams.

    He's replacing George Russell, who has driven around this track plenty of times, so he won't miss out too much.

  • Ben Hunt 's avatarBen Hunt34 minutes ago

    GO GO GO IN SPAIN

    Fairly uneventful so far. Bottas goes quickest followed by Verstappen.

    But at the moment, ti is just a case of getting the laps in.

    Temperatures lower this morning, so the afternoon session will be more representative for analysing the long-run pace.

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    VETT: IT'S NOT IDEAL

    Four times Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel recognised he was sailing through a 'rough sea' but said on Thursday there had been no talks with Ferrari about parting ways before the end of the season.

    The German has scored just 10 points from five races, compared to team mate Charles Leclerc's 45.

    Ferrari announced in May that Vettel, who had been expecting a new contract, would be leaving at the end of the year with Spaniard Carlos Sainz joining from McLaren.

    There has since been some speculation about whether the German, who won his titles with Red Bull and has been linked with Racing Point for 2021, would even see out the campaign with the Italian team.

    He said: “I’ve been in a happier place. I love fighting at the front, winning and feeling you can achieve great results.

    “It will be difficult this year with the package that we have.”

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    PARTY POOPERS

    Lewis Hamilton reckons F1 chiefs are deliberately trying to stop his march to a seventh world title, reports BEN HUNT.

    Governing body the FIA are set to ban electronic modes that turn up the engine to maximum power during qualifying.

    And Mercedes star Hamilton — who has a 30-point lead over his nearest rival, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen — admitted: “It's not a surprise.

    “It's obviously to slow us down, they're always trying to slow us down but I don't think it's going to get the result they want.

    “The guys at our team have just done such a good job with the engine. But that's totally fine if they do it.”

    Once dubbed “party mode” by Hamilton's race engineer Pete Bonnington, the setting could be outlawed as early as the Belgian GP at the end of the month.

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    WAGER TO GO

    Australian Daniel Ricciardo is still hoping to leave his mark on Renault Formula One team boss Cyril Abiteboul before moving to McLaren.

    The 31-year-old made a bet with Abiteboul last year under which the Frenchman agreed to get a tattoo of his driver's choosing if Ricciardo made it to the podium with the French team.

    Renault have not had a top three finish since they returned as a constructor in 2016.

    Abiteboul hinted at the wager when the driver finished fourth at this month's British Grand Prix and Ricciardo told reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday that the boss could choose placement and size but not design.

    “This has really broken out now.

    “That's the bet… we will clear that up but it is a tattoo, and he does not have any so it's a big deal for Cyril.”

  • GOOD MORNING F1 FANS

    Yesterday was a busy day as Sergio Perez claimed he was simply unlucky to catch Covid-19 – despite going on holiday AND jetting back to Mexico in the middle of the global pandemic.

    The Racing Point driver has been given the all-clear to race in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix after being ruled out for the two races at Silverstone.

    The Mexican flew home to visit his mum, who had been in hospital following an accident, while photos of him holidaying in Europe were also deleted from social media.

    Perez said: “Anything I did after the Hungarian GP was done between the lines.

    “I hadn't done anything different to the rest of the paddock, so I was just the unlucky one to get it.

    “But I am not willing to take any blame for it, because anyone can get it. I was just the unlucky one.”

    Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton says F1's governing body – the FIA – are deliberately trying to slow him down – but says their latest plan won't work.

    The FIA are set to ban special engine modes that turn up the engine to maximum power during Saturday's qualifying sessions.

    Once dubbed “party mode” by Hamilton's race engineer, Pete Bonnington, the setting could be outlawed as early as the Belgium GP at the end of the month.

    It is the latest attempt to reel-in Hamilton and Mercedes's huge advantage after recent tyre pressure changes for the race at Silverstone also resulted in his car being made slower.

    When quizzed ahead of this weekend's Spanish GP if Mercedes had more to lose from the proposed restrictions, Hamilton said: “No.

    “It's not a surprise, they're always trying to slow us down but it doesn't really change a huge amount for us so it's not a problem….

    “The guys at our team have just done such a good job with the engine.

    “It's obviously to slow us down but I don't think it's going to get the result that they want. But that's totally fine if they do it.”

    Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas also said he is not worried about the new rules but said if the FIA do introduce the measures, it will actually make the sport worse off.

    He added: “We are not panicking about it. If the regulation comes then it is the same for everyone.

    “Every team obviously has different modes, how much they're going to risk in terms of wearing the engine and sometimes when they can save the engine.

    “So there will be less overtaking because everyone's just running the same modes instead of playing with them and trying to maximise the situation.”

    And in more light-hearted news, Hamilton's pet bulldog, Roscoe, has been letting Bottas know he's Mercedes' No.2 driver.

    The curious pooch has been sniffing around Bottas' motorhome and last weekend at Silverstone left a special deposit for the Finn.

    Bottas, who is turd in the championship, sorry third, said he did not offer the dog any meat as like Hamilton he is on a strict plant-based diet.

    He said: “Lewis and I have actually been neighbours the last few weeks and Roscoe dropped a big turd right outside my door last Saturday.

    “I was doing some barbecues in the evenings and Roscoe always came to smell it, but I never gave anything to him.”

  • Spectators will be made to sign up to a new code of behaviour.

    It will make them take full responsibility for themselves and others by not attending if they have Covid symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with them.

    And strict crowd management plans will be enforced with one-way entry and exit and staggered arrival times.

    Seating will be socially distanced and hand washing and sanitiser stations set up.

    But no trials are scheduled for the North West, which remains under stricter control.

  • CROWDS ARE BACK

    Sports fans will finally begin returning to stadiums next month — but might not be allowed to sing.

    A further easing of lockdown rules announced tonight will also see snooker lovers back in the Crucible this weekend for the World Championship.

    Rugby matches and racing at Goodwood are also on the list of approved “pilot” events in the coming weeks.

    But capacity will be capped and all fans will likely be urged not to chant or shout for fear of spreading the virus.

    Trials of allowing some fans back in stadiums will be tested later that month ahead of a planned full rollout in October…

  • RICCI'S INKINGS

    Daniel Ricciardo revealed Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul will get his first tattoo if the Aussie finishes on the podium this season.

  • Meanwhile, Bottas, who stays in a motorhome with his girlfriend, Aussie cyclist, Tiffany Cromwell, added: “I really like it, it's like camping.

    “In European races I always used to stay in hotels but for the future I think I'll keep the motorhome.

    “That's what I used to do back in karting, so I have some good memories. Obviously it's a bit different now, but I'm really enjoying it, staying in the motorhome with my girlfriend.

    “She makes food in the evening, I can do some barbecues and it's nice and pleasant.

    “We can watch movies and wind down, which is important, because the race weekends can be quite hectic.

    “The other good thing is that you minimise traveling time to and from the paddock.”

  • Hamilton revealed he has been staying in his plush motorhome for this season's F1 races as he tries to minimise the risks of catching Covid-19.

    He stays at the racetracks in his motorhome with Roscoe and his performance coach, Angella Cullen.

    He added: “The motorhome expands out and I have my own room and my own section. I have my recording kit I take with me, so I can do music.

    “I have my Playstation and I like to play online. Last weekend I played against Pierre Gasly and we played Call of Duty together.

    “Other times I watch movies. I have physio in the evenings and usually Roscoe goes second.

    “I don't hang with anybody, particularly during these times. Perhaps last year, if you were in a campsite with everyone, you might have had a barbecue together.”

  • DOG'S DINNER

    Lewis Hamilton's pet bulldog, Roscoe, has been letting Valtteri Bottas know he's Mercedes' No.2 driver.

    The curious pooch has been sniffing around Bottas's motorhome and last weekend at Silverstone left a special deposit for the Finn.

    Bottas, who is turd in the championship, sorry third, said he did not offer the dog any meat as like Hamilton he is on a strict plant-based diet.

    He said: “Lewis and I have actually been neighbors the last few weeks and Roscoe dropped a big turd right outside my door last Saturday.

    “I was doing some barbecues in the evenings and Roscoe always came to smell it, but I never gave anything to him.”

    Hamilton replied: “I don't believe that because he did some real-stinky stuff after that!”

  • “The guys at our team have just done such a good job with the engine.

    “It's obviously to slow us down but I don't think it's going to get the result that they want. But that's totally fine if they do it.”

    Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas also said he is not worried about the new rules but said if the FIA do introduce the measures, it will actually make the sport worse off.

    He added: “We are not panicking about it. If the regulation comes then it is the same for everyone.

    “Every team obviously has different modes, how much they're going to risk in terms of wearing the engine and sometimes when they can save the engine.

    “So there will be less overtaking because everyone's just running the same modes instead of playing with them and trying to maximise the situation.”

  • 'I'M NO LEW-SER'

    Lewis Hamilton says F1's governing body – the FIA – are deliberately trying to slow him down – but says their latest plan won't work.

    The FIA are set to ban special engine modes that turn up the engine to maximum power during Saturday's qualifying sessions.

    Once dubbed “party mode” by Hamilton's race engineer, Pete Bonnington, the setting could be outlawed as early as the Belgium GP at the end of the month.

    It is the latest attempt to reel-in Hamilton and Mercedes's huge advantage after recent tyre pressure changes for the race at Silverstone also resulted in his car being made slower.

    When quizzed ahead of this weekend's Spanish GP if Mercedes had more to lose from the proposed restrictions, Hamilton said: “No.

    “It's not a surprise, they're always trying to slow us down but it doesn't really change a huge amount for us so it's not a problem….

  • POSITIVE SERGE

    Mexican driver Sergio Perez is looking forward to getting back in the hotseat.

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    MORE PEREZ

    Perez was forced to self-isolate following his positive pre-event test ahead of the British GP.

    He subsequently failed a second test a week later, ruling him out of both races and he had to watch them on TV instead.

    He added: “I am very happy to be back and doing what I love. I was extremely lucky not to have any big symptoms, other than a little bit of a headache.

    “For one or two days I felt very tired, but sometimes you feel like that when you spend so much time on your own and you cannot leave the room.

    “I was in lockdown for 10 days and I was training in my apartment trying to keep fit. I was in Milton Keynes after testing positive.

    “I found it really boring to be watching the races on TV instead of being in it, especially the first race at Silverstone. That was very boring until the last lap or two.”

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    'I WAS UNLUCKY'

    Sergio Perez claims he was simply unlucky to catch Covid-19 – despite going on holiday AND jetting back to Mexico in the middle of the global pandemic, reports BEN HUNT.

    The Racing Point driver has been given the all-clear to race in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix after being ruled out for the two races at Silverstone.

    The Mexican flew home to visit his mum, who had been in hospital following an accident, while photos of him holidaying in Europe were also deleted from social media.

    Perez said: “Anything I did after the Hungrian GP was done between the lines.

    “I hadn't done anything different to the rest of the paddock, so I was just the unlucky one to get it.

    “But I am not willing to take any blame for it, because anyone can get it. I was just the unlucky one.”

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