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Formula 1 Spanish GP

F1 Spanish GP Live Commentary and Updates – FP3 & Qualifying

Saturday's action from the 10th round of the 2024 Formula 1 season.

Friday's action set up an intriguing battle with little to separate pace-setters Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes from the chasing pack, with McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari all in close pursuit.

Causing a surprise in the top 10 were both Alpine drivers, with Pierre Gasly fourth and Esteban Ocon ninth.

FP3 will get under way at 12:30pm local time (11:30am BST) with qualifying following at 4pm local time (3pm BST).

By: Stefan Mackley, Ewan Gale

Leaderboard

  1. Norris, McLaren
  2. Verstappen, Red Bull
  3. Hamilton, Mercedes
  4. Russell, Mercedes
  5. Leclerc, Ferrari
  6. Sainz, Ferrari
  7. Gasly, Alpine
  8. Perez, Red Bull
  9. Ocon, Alpine
  10. Piastri, McLaren

Summary

  • Norris takes pole for F1 Spanish GP, beating Verstappen by 0.020s
  • Mercedes duo Hamilton and Russell complete row two; Leclerc/Sainz secure all-Ferrari third row
  • Eliminated in Q2: Alonso, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Stroll and Zhou
  • Eliminated in Q1: Magnussen, Tsunoda, Ricciardo, Albon and Sargeant
  • Leclerc and Stroll handed reprimands for contact with Norris and Hamilton in FP3
  • McLaren evacuates paddock motorhome after fire breaks out before FP3
Status: Stopped

That is us done for the day, with coverage of the race to come tomorrow. Keep abrest of all the biggest news of the day across the website, and find the report from qualifying here!

Thanks for joining us!

It's expected to be a two-stop race tomorrow. With rain also anticipated at some point during the day, a green track is the very least we could see spice proceedings up.

It must be said that, whilst there are two Spaniards on the grid, the appreciation for Norris' lap there was pretty stunning from the crowd.

Verstappen has revealed the tow with Perez happened "by chance" given where the cars were on track.

Norris: "It was pretty much a perfect lap. It was cool. It is not just this weekend, we have been quick these last two months. 

"I know it will be tough against Max, Lewis, anyone behind. We are here to win, that's my plan."

Gasly was seventh, Perez eighth - though will take a three-place grid penalty - Ocon ninth and Piastri 10th.

Hamilton jumped to third after the flag, with Russell fourth. Ferrari has to settle for the third row.

The gap between those four was a tenth.

Perez gave Verstappen a tow on his final lap and it still wasn't enough.

It's been a heck of a day for McLaren given the fire in the paddock earlier, but it has been a happy ending on track.

It's just 0.020s between them.

Simply sensational. Sensational from both drivers. Where has that come from?

NORRIS!

What a lap that is from the McLaren driver, who snatches pole at the very end.

VERSTAPPEN GOES FASTER!

That's another two tenths fatser for Verstappen, a 1m11.403 is a tall order for the others now...

No disruption to qualifying though as Sainz comes through and goes second.

Leclerc then usurps his team-mate but is 0.058s outside of Verstappen's time.

Time has been lost in the middle sector but it should be an improvement for Piastri...

Ahhhhh! He's off three corners from home. That will leave him down in 10th.

The Australian is up in sector one, but Verstappen has had the pace in the final two sectors...

Piastri will be the first to answer that question as he crosses the line to start the final runs.

2:30 left on the clock and the cars are filtering out. Does anyone have an answer to Verstappen?

Russell: "What the f**k was Lewis doing prepping that lap?"

"He just... it's fine. We will talk about it afterwards, head in the game."

Six minutes remain, take a breath, regroup, the cars are back in the pits to prepare for the final run.

That pushes Ferrari into fifth and sixth, with Gasly and Ocon ahead of used-running Perez and Piastri.

A scintillating middle sector for Norris gives him a chance but he goes a tenth slower than Verstappen, with Hamilton going third.

Russell is fourth in the second Mercedes, 0.167s down on provisional pole.

As Sainz proves by crossing the line three-tenths down.

Piastri goes third but way off on a used set.

Verstappen posts a 1m11.673s. That's a good benchmark.

Verstappen didn't fancy queuing in the pits again and managed to get out at the head of the field, other than Perez, who will be the first to set a time.

He is on used tyres though.

Here we go then. A short lull as the lights go green but there is activity.

So who will take pole? Verstappen's lap in Q2 has thrust him into favouritism for the first time this weekend.

It really is a huge moment in the season for Alpine. After nightmarish results early on, intra-team shenanigans and controversy over the hiring of Flavio Briatore as executive advisor this weekend, this will taste so good.

Russell managed to improve up to third at the death there, he and Hamilton putting Mercedes back in the fight.