Formula One : “Making life difficult for Mercedes”, the credo of Verstappen

Formula One :

Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix this Saturday in Barcelona. In front of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and the Red Bull of a Max Verstappen who has not said his last word.

Less than a week after Max Verstappen’s great victory at Silverstone in F1’s 70th anniversary Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team have regained their ease on the circuit for qualifying for the Grand Prix d ‘Spain. For the fifth time in seven years here in Barcelona, ​​the Briton took pole with a reference time of 1’15 ”584 – 59 thousandths faster than his team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

“It’s always tight with Lewis, even if I suffered today, especially in the last sector where he really did a good job, says the Finn, hot, on the antenna of Canal +. We secure the first row for the team, that’s very good. In any case, I will fight for the first place tomorrow, trust me! »Poleman here last year, Bottas once again promises to challenge his leader, who is wary of the race to come.

Leclerc growls, Gasly jubilates

“The qualifiers were intense, blows the six-time world champion. Especially because of the heat because the tires and the machines suffer a lot. “This weather factor can play for the competition, Max Verstappen, third on the grid, is aware of it and does not hide his ambitions despite his seven tenths of liabilities recorded today. “We will undoubtedly be closer in the race, we will see tomorrow, trumpets the Batavian, winner of his very first Grand Prix here in Catalonia in 2016. I feel better in the car, I know it’s hard to overtake on this circuit but we will do everything to make life difficult for Mercedes! “

Other outsiders not to be overlooked, Racing Point drivers Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll, relegated them to nine tenths and one second. For his return after two weeks of post-covid confinement, the first proved to be competitive and daring on the track. The same goes for the McLarens of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, who monopolize the fourth row in the wake of the Red Bull of Alexander Albon. The first Ferrari, thus, is satisfied with the ninth echelon; Charles Leclerc being 1 ″ 5 behind on pole. “I’m not happy today,” claims the Monegasque. The car was not too bad at the start of qualifying then it got worse and worse, we really have to work! It is not Sebastian Vettel, deprived of Q3 and 11th in the end, who will contradict him. Tenth for his part, Pierre Gasly on the other hand is a happy man behind the wheel of his Alpha Tauri. Here he is credited with a 9-0 final in qualifying against his teammate Daniil Kvyat, 12th on the day.

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