We knew entering this weekend that Mercedes should be among the favorites to win Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix (9 a.m. ET/ESPN 2). They’ve finished 1-2 in all four races run this year and were 1-2 in last year’s race on the Catalunya circuit.
But, Ferrari was bringing an upgrade this weekend. Would it close the gap between them and their Mercedes rivals?
After qualifying on Saturday, the answer is, no.
Valtteri Bottas was quickest in the first two practice sessions of the weekend while his teammate Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the Saturday morning session. In qualifying, they’d go 1-2 with Bottas earning his third straight pole on the season.
Bottas, circled the 2.892-mile road course with a time of 1:15.406-seconds and is hoping to earn his third win in five starts this season in Sunday’s 66 Lap race. Hamilton, went 1:16.040-seconds in his No. 44 Mercedes to earn the second starting spot.
Hamilton, has won this race in each of the last two years including four top two results in the last five years.
The best Sebastian Vettel could do is third in his No. 5 Ferrari. Vettel, qualified with a top lap of 1:16.272-seconds and is looking for his seventh consecutive top four finish in this race.
Max Verstappen finally showed some speed in his Honda as he went P4 (1:16.357-seconds) while Charles Leclerc (1:16.588-seconds) rounded out the top five.
Spanish Grand Prix Starting Lineup
Row 1: Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton
Row 2: Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen
Row 3: Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly
Row 4: Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen
Row 5: Daniil Kvyat, Lando Norris R
Row 6: Alex Albon R, Carlos Sainz Jr.
Row 7: Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen
Row 8: Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg
Row 9: Lance Stroll, Antonio Giovinazzi R
Row 10: Robert Kubica, George Russell