2020 F1 preview: Spanish Grand Prix

Congrats to Mercedes on another 1-2 finish this weekend at Catalunya.

Yes, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas dominated the weekend as they were the two fastest in the three practices and locked out the front row of the starting grid.

Hamilton has won the last three Spanish Grand Prix’s and should be able to cruise his way to a fourth in a row barring a mechanical issue or slow pit stop. Bottas was runner-up to Hamilton in the last two races at Catalunya. Bottas is searching to get back within striking distance in the points lead after a tire puncture late in the British Grand Prix two weeks ago netted him zero points. He currently sits 34 points behind Hamilton.

Splitting the Mercedes in driver points is Max Verstappen. The Red Bull Racing product is 30 points behind Hamilton and is coming off an impressive victory at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. He was the winner of the 2016 race and rounded out the podium at Catalunya over the last two years. With a third-place start on the grid, he will look to use pit strategy to overtake Mercedes once again.

Racing Point locked out positions four and five and get Sergio Perez back after he missed the last two weekends at Silverstone after testing positive for COVID-19. Catalunya has not been kind to Lance Stroll over the last three seasons as he has failed to score points at the course and crashed out of last year’s race. Perez did not fair much better as he finished 15th in last year’s race.

It was a slow weekend for Ferrari and Renault as Charles Leclerc was the highest of the four drivers with a ninth-place start on the grid. The other three start outside of the top 10 with Sebastian Vettel at 11th, Daniel Ricciardo at 13th and Esteban Ocon at 15th.

For those in the United States, the Spanish Grand Prix will air on ESPN at 9:10 a.m. EST.

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