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Good morning and welcome to this live blog on NU.nl.

My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of all developments at the Grand Prix of Spain.

Lots of fun!



  • GP Spain

  • Verstappen second in VT1

  • LIVE:

  • Second free practice

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Another 38 minutes

- Hamilton sets the fastest time, but the difference with his time on the medium band is not very big.

The score:



  • Hamilton (S) - 1.18.170

  • Bottas (S) - 1.18.309

  • Verstappen (M) - 1.18.785

  • a few seconds ago

    Another 40 minutes -

    Expect significant time improvements from the Mercedes drivers.

    Hamilton and Bottas hit the road on the soft tire.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 46 minutes

    - Time improvement for Verstappen, who is approaching Bottas's time to three tenths.

    It will have to be even harder for the Dutch.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 47 minutes

    - Hamilton is now also considerably faster than Verstappen.

    The score:



  • Bottas (M) - 1.18.419

  • Hamilton (M) - 1.18.461

  • Verstappen (M) - 1.19.041

  • a few seconds ago

    Another 49 minutes

    - Virtual safety car.

    The drivers have to get their gas off because there is a piece of Carlos Sainz's front wing in Turn 7.

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    Another 50 minutes

    - Bottas takes the fastest time from Verstappen.

    With 1.18.419, the Finn is no less than six tenths faster than the Dutchman.

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    Another 52 minutes

    - The stand:



  • Verstappen (M) - 1.19.041

  • Bottas (M) - 1,19,087

  • Hamilton (M) - 1.19.323

  • a few seconds ago

    Another 53 minutes

    - Verstappen clocked the fastest time in his first timed lap.

    The Dutchman is on the medium tire with 1.19.041 half a tenth faster than Bottas, who rides on the same rubber.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 59 minutes

    - Do we get a better picture of the proportions after the second training?

    The first session was a bit messy, partly due to a red flag.

    Max Verstappen, for example, only clocked one serious lap time on the soft tire.

    That lap was immediately good enough for second place.

    a few seconds ago

    Green!

    - The second free practice for the Grand Prix of Spain is on its way.

    a few seconds ago

    a few seconds ago

    There are some clouds over the circuit, but it will probably remain dry today.

    Blue skies above ⛅️ #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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    Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 12:55 - 7 May 2021

    a few seconds ago

    The drivers are preparing for the second training session in Montmeló, which will start at 3 p.m.

    Suited, booted and strapped in.

    We're coming for you # FP2.

    👊

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    Author Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Moment of places 12: 50 - May 7, 2021

    a few seconds ago

    All figures of the first free practice in Barcelona in a row.

    It's a @ MercedesAMGF1 sandwich with @ Max33Verstappen in the middle for FP1!

    👀 #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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    Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 10: 38 - 7 May 2021

    a few seconds ago

    Only Bottas faster than Verstappen in first practice


    Max Verstappen opens the Grand Prix weekend in Barcelona with the second time in the first free practice.

    Only Valtteri Bottas (1.18.504) is faster than the Dutchman (1.18.537).

    Lewis Hamilton completes the top three with 1.18.627.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 3 minutes

    - Verstappen does have the space on his second attempt and is approaching Bottas' fastest time to three hundredths.



  • Bottas - 1.18.504

  • Verstappen - 1.18.537

  • Hamilton - 1.18.627

  • a few seconds ago

    a few seconds ago

    4 more minutes

    - Verstappen breaks off his first timed lap on the soft tire because he is troubled by traffic.

    a few seconds ago

    Letting the Bulls loose 💪 #SpanishGP 🇪🇸

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    Avatar Author Red Bull Racing Honda Moment of Places 10: 22 - 7 May 2021

    a few seconds ago

    Another 9 minutes

    - It is immediately busy on the track.

    Verstappen is looking for free space on the track on a fresh set of soft tires.

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    Red flag

    - The session will resume at 12.21 pm.

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    🚩 RED FLAG 🚩Kubica beaches himself in the gravel at Turn 10 #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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    Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 10: 16 - 7 May 2021

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    Red flag!

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    Robert Kubica is stuck in the gravel backwards.

    The Alfa Romeo test driver has been shot in the hairpin of the track.

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    Another 19 minutes

    - Bottas is one tenth below the time of teammate Hamilton.

    Verstappen has still not ridden on the soft tire.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 25 minutes

    - Unlike the Mercedes drivers, Verstappen still rides on the slower hard tire.

    The score:



  • Hamilton (S) - 1.18.808

  • Bottas (S) - 1.18.838

  • Vettel (S) - 1.19.234

  • Stroll (S) - 1.19.883

  • Verstappen (H) - 1.19.919

  • a few seconds ago

    Another 27 minutes

    - Hamilton takes the fastest time from Vettel.

    With 1.18.808 the Briton is half a beat faster than the German.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 29 minutes

    - Sebastian Vettel clocked the fastest time on the soft tire: 1.19.234.

    Hamilton is also on the road on soft rubber, while Verstappen has only ridden on the hard tire.

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    Another 31 minutes

    - Verstappen continues his way with a new front wing.

    The Red Bull driver is still third on the times list.

    a few seconds ago

    Front wing damage sees @ Max33Verstappen back in the garage as the mechanics take a closer look 👀 🔧 #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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    Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 09:55 - 7 May 2021

    a few seconds ago

    Another 37 minutes -

    Verstappen has suffered damage to his front wing because he would have driven too aggressively over the curbstones.

    The Dutchman's car is on the bridge in the Red Bull pit box.

    a few seconds ago

    💬 'Mazepin will never change' @Charles_Leclerc says on the board radio that he is not a fan of Nikita Mazepin 📻 # ZiggoSportF1 # F1 # SpanishGP🇪🇸

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    Avatar Author Ziggo Sport F1 Moment of places 09:46 - 7 May 2021

    a few seconds ago

    Another 45 minutes

    - The position after fifteen minutes of training:



  • Hamilton (H) - 1.19.675

  • Alonso (S) - 1.19.950

  • Verstappen (H) - 1,20,063

  • a few seconds ago

    Another 48 minutes

    - Hamilton increases the pace and Alonso also dives under the time of Verstappen.

    The track gets faster with the lap.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 50 minutes

    - It is not yet Nikita Mazepin's morning.

    This time the Russian Charles Leclerc gets in the way.

    "Mazepin will never change," Leclerc said of the on-board radio.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 51 minutes

    - Fastest time Max Verstappen.

    With 1.20.405, the Dutchman is just under tenth faster than Hamilton.

    a few seconds ago

    Another 52 minutes

    - Max Verstappen turns his Red Bull onto the track for the first time.

    Lewis Hamilton has the fastest time so far.

    a few seconds ago

    Yellow flag!

    - Nikita Mazepin is in the gravel.

    You don't expect it.

    The Russian keeps his Hare talking and continues on his way.

    a few seconds ago

    🚥 Green lights 🚥Checo leads the pack out for FP1 💪 #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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    Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 09:32 - 7 May 2021

    a few seconds ago

    Another 59 minutes

    - Robert Kubica gets this training behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo and test driver Roy Nissany steps into Williams.

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    Green!

    - The first free practice for the Grand Prix of Spain is on its way.

    a few seconds ago

    It is now dry in Montmeló and it will most likely remain so today and tomorrow.

    There is a chance of some showers during the race on Sunday.

    Who's ready to get this Friday under way?

    ☀️ #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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    Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 09: 18 - 7 May 2021

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    Max Verstappen is looking forward to driving at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the circuit where he became the youngest Grand Prix winner of all time in 2016.

    Video

    A sunny start to #SpanishGP Friday 😎☀️ Thoughts ahead of practice, @ Max33Verstappen?

    #ChargeOn 🤘

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    Avatar Author Red Bull Racing Honda Moment of Places 09: 12 - 7 May 2021

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