The Spanish Grand Prix (Spanish: Gran Premio de Espaa) is a Formula One motor racing event held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Catalonia.
The race is one of the oldest still held in the world, having turned 100 years old in 2013. As a production car race, the race had humble beginnings. After being halted by the First World War, the race took a decade to resume before becoming a fixture on the European calendar.
It was a part of the World Manufacturers’ Championship in 1927, and it was promoted to the European Championship in 1935, but racing was suspended due to the Spanish Civil War.
The race was successfully revived in 1967, and it has been a regular part of the Formula One World Championship at various venues since 1968.
The event included three one-hour practice sessions, as is customary. The first practice session began at 11:30 a.m. local time (UTC+02:00) on May 7 and ended with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas fastest ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and Bottas’ teammate Lewis Hamilton; Nikita Mazepin and Robert Kubica both lost control in minor incidents.
Hamilton was fastest in the second practice session, which began at 15:00 local time and ended with him ahead of Bottas and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.
Verstappen finished first, ahead of Hamilton and Leclerc, in the third practice session, which began at 12:00 local time the next day.
On May 8, qualifying began at 15:00 local time (UTC+02:00). In his first flying lap in Q3, Lewis Hamilton took provisional pole position. Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas came in second and third, respectively. In subsequent laps, none of the three drivers were able to improve their times, and Hamilton earned his 100th pole position.
Hamilton extended his lead ahead of Verstappen to 14 points, while Bottas’ podium finish enabled him to take third on the standings from Norris, the only position change in the drivers’ standings.
Likewise, there were no changes in positions to the constructors’ standings. Mercedes extended their lead from Red Bull to 29 points, while Leclerc’s superb finish ensured Ferrari scored to within 5 points of McLaren.