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... but he backed off, kept an eye on how it developed and pounced when the opportunity was there. Smart racing that set up today's podium.
But this time we think he was pipped by Max. The Dutchman could have got tangled up in the first-corner shenanigans with VET, BOT and HAM...
Could have chosen Pierre for his defence against Magnussen. Calm and composed driving there...
Just one thing remains: to hand out our TAG Heuer Don't Crack Under Pressure award.
Not a classic race by any stretch, but a good haul of points for the Bulls and a good start to the European season.
So, there we have it. That's the teams 163rd podium finish.
That is yet another 1-2 for Mercedes.
1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 VET. 5 LEC. 6 GAS. 7 MAG. 8 SAI. 9 KVY. 10 GRO.
Pierres crossed the line in P6. Solid result for the French driver.
BOT is P2 and Max Verstappen takes his 24th podium finish with P3.
Lewis Hamilton wins the Spanish Grand Prix!
Looks like GRO has burned his tyres in his battles with his team-mate.
ALB now closes on GRO.
5 LAPS TO GO: Max is now 1.7s ahead of VET.
KVY gets past GRO. The Russian is having a good race so far. He's in P9.
KVY and ALB now want to get past the Haas.
SAI has got past GRO.,
Quite a battle developing for P8, with GRO banging wheels with SAI as the McLaren driver attacks. It's tight in that group from MAG in P7 back to RIC in P12.
10 LAPS TO GO: 1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 VET. 5 LEC. 6 GAS. 7 MAG. 8 GRO. 9 SAI. 10 KVY.
At the front it's as you were... 1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 VET.
MAG then attacks Pierre but the French driver stays calm, holds the line and retains P6.
Pierre attacks LEC almost makes the Ferrari lock up.
We're racing again...
SC in at the end of this lap.
1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 VET. 5 LEC. 6 GAS. 7 GRO. 8 MAG. 9 KVY. 10 SAI.
Mediums for the Ferrari driver.
LEC is going to pit too.
HAM has pitted under that SC.
This makes things interesting....
NOR and STR have collided.
BOT pits now. Soft tyres on.
Max is 3.7 behind LEC and closing hard.
Max pits at the end of lap 43. Mediums on in 2.8s. He's out behind hard tyre-shod LEC.
VET sets the race fastest lap: 1:20.065. That's a full 2s quicker than LEC's last lap.
He emerges behind Pierre but is soon past the French driver. VET now P5, GAS P6.
VET pits again at the end of lap 40. More mediums for him. Cleaner stop this time.
LEC just backed off into Turn 4 and let the quicker VET past. VET now 11.6s behind Max.
VET has got past LEC.
Max is still P3, 4.4s behind BOT. HAM is 12.9 ahead of Max.
He is, however, 11 seconds up the road from GRO.
Pierre has lost touch with VET and he's now 15.7s behind the German.
We're halfway through the race and the order is – 1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 LEC. 5 VET. 6 GAS. 7 GRO. 8 MAG. 9 KVY. 10 HUL.
VET definitely the quicker man at the moment on those mediums.
VET battling his team-mate now. LEC defends well into Turn 1 as VET attacks under DRS.
VET closing in on LEC now. Inside DRS range.
After the stops: 1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 LEC. 5 VET. 6 GAS. 7 GRO. 8 HUL (0 stops). 9 MAG. 10 KVY.
HAM pits from the lead on lap 27. Mediums on.
He emerges just 1.1s ahead of Max.
BOT pits for mediums at the end of lap 26.
LEC now pits at the end of lap 25. Hard tyres for him. He's back out in P5 just ahead of VET. Another slow Ferrari stop with a rear left problem, as with VET.
The top 3 - HAM, BOT, LEC – have not pitted yet. Max now fourth after his stop.
Pierre pits at the end of lap 22 for mediums. He rejoins in P9 behind ALB with VET in P7.
He rejoins in P5.
Max in at the end of lap 20. New softs on.
VET pits at the end of lap 19. Mediums on. Not the quickest stop though. He comes out in P10.
Max has opened a nice 5.0s gap to LEC. Pierre now 3.1s off VET.
Now Pierre has a new target.
VET lets the quicker LEC through to take P4. Sensible given the flat spot VET us nursing after his Lap 1, Turn 1 lock-up.
HAM leads BOT by 3.1s. Max is the same margin off BOT now. He's also 3.5s clear of VET.
LEC pressuring team-mate VET now. The younger Ferrari driver is inside DRS range now.
Max just 1.3s behind BOT. Pierre is 1.7 off LEC and already 3s clear of GRO.
1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 VET. 5 LEC. 6 GAS. 7 GRO. 8 MAG. 9 KVY. 10 ALB.
Pierre and LEC went wheel-to-wheel and Pierre dropped to P7 but he's past GRO again to sit in P6. Good start by the Bulls.
That allows Max to sneak through and claim P3!
And they're away! VET makes a great start and tries to pass the Mercedes cars around the outside. He locks up and can't make it stick!
Cars forming on the grid now....
So Max starting from P4 alongside VET. Pierre starts from P6 alongside LEC.
The formation lap starts....
RAI, STR, KUB, RUS, HUL will start on mediums, softs for everyone else.
Weather-wise we're looking at 42˚C on track and 19˚C in the air.
While GIO and RUS take 5-place penalties for gearbox changes.
RIC has been moved back 3 places from his qualifying position due to a penalty for crashing into KVY in Baku a fortnight ago.
Nico Hulkenberg will start from the pit lane after a change of front wing under Parc ferme regs.
16-19: 16 STR. 17 KUB. 18 GIO. 19 RUS.
11-15: 11 ALB. 12 SAI. 13 RIC. 14 RAI. 15 PER.
From 1-10 we have: 1 BOT. 2 HAM. 3 VET. 4 VER. 5 LEC. 6 GAS. 7 GRO. 8 MAG. 9 KVY. 10 NOR.
So let's take you through the grid for this afternoon's race.
We're now just about 8 minutes away from the start of the formation lap here.
Good afternoon and welcome to Barcelona where the Race Station is live for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Until then, hasta luego.
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So row two and three for the Bulls tomorrow. Mercedes look in imperious form, but Ferrari look vulnerable. There might be a podium up for grabs tomorrow.
1 BOT. 2 HAM. 3 VET. 4 VER. 5 LEC. 6 GAS. 7 GRO. 8 MAG. 9 KVY. 10 RIC.
Max will start from P4 ahead of LEC and Pierre will start in P6 ahead of GRO.
In fact there were no major improvements in those final runs. BOT takes pole with that lap of 1:15.406. HAM is P2, VET P3.
And LEC can't improve. Max keeps hold of P4.
Max crosses the line to start his lap.
1:116.613 for LEC, that's behind Max at the moment but he might get another attempt.
LEC on track now.
1 BOT. 2 HAM. 3 VET. 4 VER. 5 GAS. 6 GRO. 7 MAG. 8 KVY. 9 RIC. 10 LEC (No Time).
LEC stayed in the garage on that run. Lots of work being down on the floor of his car by the look of things.
HAM made small errors at the start of his lap and it was scruffy thereafter.
But it's BOT in provisional pole, by some margin. His time: 1:16.406. Six tenths up on HAM in P2. VET is P3.
Max takes P4 with his first run of Q3 - 1:16.357. Pierre is P5 – 1:16.708.
Here we go then...
Q3 is go. Max on track early.
Out go: 11 NOR. 12 ALB. 13 SAI. 14 RAI. 15 PER.
1 BOT 1:15.924. 2 HAM 1:16.038. 3 VET 1:16.667. 4 LEC. 5 VER. 6 GAS. 7 GRO. 8 KVY. 9 MAG. 10 RIC.
And he delivers - P6, with a lap of 1:16.932. Two tenths off Max. Good stuff.
Max has stayed in the garage for the final runs but Pierre needs another go...
In the drop zone ahead off the final runs: 11 ALB. 12 PER. 13 NOR. 14 KVY. 15 RAI.
1 HAM 1:16.038. 2 BOT 1:16.269. 3 VET 1:16.667. 4 VER 1:16.726. 5 GAS 1:17.275. 6 GRO. 7 LEC. 8 MAG. 9 SAI. 10 RIC.
Pierre takes P5. 1:17.275. He's 0.5s off Max.
Pierre just starting his lap now.
Max takes P4 1:16.726. He's behind HAM, BOT and VET. Just 0.05 between him and VET.
HAM into P1 - fastest ever lap of this track 1:16.038.
Q2 underway. Max is on track.
Eliminated are: 16 HUL. 17 STR. 18 GIO. 19 RUS. 20 KUB.
Max holds P2 with his lap of 1:17.244.
Pierre has dropped to P10 as the final run times came in but he's safely through to Q2 with that lap of 1:17.862.
Of the top seven, only the Mercedes drivers have gone out again.
BOT and HAM have rejoined the action but Max is staying pit ion the garage, as is Pierre.
In the drop zone with 3 mins to go are: 16 GIO. 17 RAI. 18 RUS. 19 KUB. HUL has no time.
LEC moves up to P3 behind Max now - 1:17.388.
HAM takes P3 behind Max. His lap time is 1:17.423.
BOT moves ahead of Max with a lap of 1:17.175.
Pierre slots into P4 – 1:17.865.
P1 – 1:17.244. Nicely done.
Here comes Max...
That HUL incident was at Turn 4. He slid off but managed to get it stopped before hitting the barriers. It did cost him his front wing and floor damage though.
Max and Pierre on track now.
LEC, meanwhile, has taken P1 with a time of 1:17.835. A little over 0.2s ahead of VET.
HUL has hit the wall early on. He's damaged the front wing, which is under the front of his car as he makes his way back to the pits.
KUB and STR first out on track, followed by VET.
Green light Q1 is go....
So no real indication of how things might pan out in qualifying.
Pierre meanwhile was in P14 as he didn't get a quali sim in due to the red flags for Russell's crash.
Now, in FP3, Max finished in P7 after being held up on his quali sim by Racing Point's Lance Stroll.
So he'll take a 5-place grid penalty tomorrow.
Early news from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is that George Russell needed a gearbox change after his crash in FP3.
Welcome back to Barcelona, where we're just about 10 mins out from Q1.
That's our lot for final practice here in Barcelona. We'll be back in two hours for live coverage of Qualifying. Join us then.
1 HAM 1:16.558. 2 LEC +0.531. 3 BOT. 4 VET. 5 GRO. 6 MAG. 7 VER. 8 ALB. 9 RAI. 10 SAI.
Inconclusive for the Bulls. Max in P7 but unhappy with his lap. Pierre didn't get a lap due to RUS' crash and so finishing in P14 with a time set on mediums.
And that's it. Due to the red flag the session will not be restarted.
That's ruined Pierre's lap. He was in the final sector but dives for the pit lane as the reds are shown.
RUS has crashed out at Turn 4. Red flag.
But gives it away in S3. +0.23 on his best.
HAM going quicker again...
Pierre on track now.
Max is P7 with his first flyer. Hampered by traffic at the end. 1:17.558. +0.990.
BOT improves with another tour. P3 now, splitting the Ferraris. 0.555 off HAM.
Max starts his flying lap. Pierre in the garage still.
HAM the first man below 1m17s. He takes P1 with a time of 1:16.568. That's a big lap. Half a second clear of LEC. VET into P3, seven hundredths behind LEC.
BOT takes top spot with a lap of 1:17.291, but is dislodged by LEC who sets a time of 1:17.099.
And now HAM and VET join the action. Time for some quality sims...
LEC also out on softs.
BOT heads back out after his early spin. He's on softs.
17 mins to go.
ALB, on softs, has moved ahead of Max – 1:18.603 for the Toro driver.
Pierre also improves, slots into P5, right behind Max - 1:18.693. Three hundredths off his team-mate.
Medium tyres for Max at the moment. Same for HAM. Softs for the Ferraris in their early runs.
Another improvement for Max as he gets DRS effect from an Alfa across the line: 1:18.662, +1.007s to HAM.
Pierre slots into P6 with an opening lap of 1:18.873.
Max improves slightly to 1:18.705.
Pierre is now back out on track.
1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 LEC. 4 VER. 5 KVY. 6 RAI. 7 RIC. 8 ALB. 9 NOR. 10 HUL.
HAM moves to the front – 1:17.655.
Max into P4 with his first flyer - 1:18.796. That's +0.541 to VET.
Still VET in P1 with that lap of 1:18.255. 28 mins gone.
Max heads out on track.
We're green again at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Re-start in 1 minute.
Should be back up and running shortly. BOT's car being craned away.
That, of course, has sent Pierre back to the garage.
Red flag. His car is beached on the edge of the gravel trap.
BOT is off track. That's at Turn 5.
Pierre on track now.
He's still at the top of the timesheet with an improved time of 1:18.355. LEC now just 0.066s off that.
Just overcooked it a little on turn in and his Ferrari swapped ends. Nothing serious.
VDET has had a spin at the final chicane and heads back to the pits.
VET moves ahead of LEC with a new P1 time of 1:18.925. 0.4 up on his team-mate.
LEC knocks almost seven seconds off that - 1:19.334.
KUB in P1 at the moment - 1:26.868.
But he's been joined by LEC. The Ferrari drive is out on softs.
KUB the only man on track now...
Hard tyres on for the install. He cruises around and returns to the pit lane.
Max heads out on track for a first look around.
NOR is the first man on track, followed by McLaren team-mate SAI and Haas' MAG.
So, a bit of catch-up work to do in final practice. We have a green light and the session is live.
He recovered to P5 in FP2, with Pierre looking in good shape in P7.
Yesterday was a bit of an up and down day with Max suffering as mechanical issue in FP1 that required a PU change.
Right, we're four minutes out from FP3.
Still, nothing a can of Red Bull won't resolve.
Last night there was a small soirée to christen the team's new home from home, the beautiful Holzhaus, and the RS crew might have christened a bit too long and late.
We say 'live' but here at RS towers we're feeling a little bit less than lively this morning.
Good morning and welcome to Barcelona, where we're live for final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.