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Good afternoon 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 leads

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in 3 days

19 more laps

- Verstappen is not comfortable with it.

"I have no idea how we are going to keep this up to the end."

At this pace, Hamilton would join Verstappen within ten seconds.

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in 3 days

LAP 45 / 66📻 Bono to Lewis: "At this rate you'll catch up on the last lap" 🍿🍿🍿 #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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Avatar Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 14: 09 - 9 May 2021

in 3 days

21 more rounds

- The score with the differences compared to leader Verstappen.



  • Verstappen

  • Bottas +11.1

  • Hamilton +18.2

  • Leclerc +31.2

  • Pérez +47.1

  • in 3 days

    21 more laps -

    "At this pace we will be overtaken in the last lap", Verstappen is told over the on-board radio.


    in 3 days

    22 more laps

    - "We have done this before", Hamilton is told via the on-board radio.

    "You are 22 seconds behind."

    Mercedes is referring to the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2019, in which Verstappen had to give up the lead in the final phase to Hamilton, who also made an extra pit stop at the time.

    in 3 days

    23 more laps

    - Hamilton is 22 seconds behind Verstappen.

    Will the Red Bull driver finish the race?

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    in 3 days

    24 more laps

    - Pitstop Hamilton!

    The Briton switches to medium bands.

    Verstappen does not seem to be going to stop anymore.

    in 3 days

    27 more laps

    - Remember, the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix?

    This race is quite similar to that historic Grand Prix five years ago.

    On the way to his first victory, Verstappen then kept Kimi Räikkönen behind him for a long time.

    in 3 days

    28 more rounds

    - Hamilton has been too far away in the past rounds to attack Verstappen.

    The Mercedes can only join the Red Bull.

    in 3 days

    31 more laps

    - And now no DRS for Hamilton.

    Saving tires is also going to be crucial today, because Verstappen will not give up his leading position by making another pit stop.

    in 3 days

    32 more laps

    - Hamilton crawls to leader Verstappen, but is still just too far away.

    You can only overtake at the end of the straight.

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    in 3 days

    33 more laps

    - Hamilton is within the DRS distance of Verstappen.

    If the Red Bull driver cannot go any faster than this, it will be difficult for Verstappen to keep Hamilton behind.

    in 3 days

    33 more laps

    - Verstappen may not stop.

    "Take care of your tires. They may have to last a long time", he is told over the on-board radio.

    in 3 days

    35 more laps

    - What a blood-curdling Grand Prix this is.

    And we are not even halfway there.

    Hamilton is almost dealing with Verstappen's DRS.

    in 3 days

    35 more laps

    - Hamilton is very hard on Verstappen.

    The hole is only two seconds.

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    35 more laps

    - Hamilton is one and a half seconds (!) Faster than Verstappen on the medium tires in the last lap.

    The difference is only 3.5 seconds.

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    in 3 days

    38 more laps

    - Pitstop Hamilton and with that Verstappen gets back the lead.

    The Mercedes driver returns to the track just in front of teammate Bottas, six seconds behind the Dutchman.

    in 3 days

    39 more laps

    - Verstappen is by far the fastest man on the track and is approaching number two Charles Leclerc, who also has to make a pit stop.

    in 3 days

    40 more laps

    - Verstappen is on the road very quickly on his new tires.

    If Hamilton were to make a pit stop now, he would be back on track behind the Red Bull.

    Or would Mercedes try a one-stopper?

    in 3 days

    42 more laps

    - Verstappen is passed by Pérez and also passes Ricciardo, who makes a pit stop.

    The Dutchman is now in third place.

    in 3 days

    42 more laps

    - Bad pit stop from Verstappen!

    The right supporters are not doing well and the Red Bull driver loses at least two seconds with that.

    Verstappen falls back to fifth place.

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    in 3 days

    43 more laps

    - Verstappen in the pits!

    The Red Bull driver gives the lead to Hamilton, who of course also has to stop.

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    43 more laps

    - Pit stop Valtteri Bottas.

    The Finn switches from soft to medium and comes back on track in sixth place.

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    44 more laps

    - Hamilton creeps closer and is now within DRS distance of Verstappen.

    in 3 days

    45 more laps

    - Pitstops Vettel and Alonso.

    Both drivers switch to the medium band and join the rear.

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    LAP 19 / 66The ⬅️➡️ gap between Max and Lewis is around 1.5 seconds #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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    Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 13: 34 - 9 May 2021

    in 3 days

    Hamilton's right rear tire doesn't look completely fresh anymore.

    Verstappen has not yet said anything about his tires about the on-board radio.

    LAP 17/66 Hamilton's right-rear tire is showing signs of wear 🔎 #SpanishGP 🇪🇸 # F1

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    Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 13: 31 - 9 May 2021

    in 3 days

    49 more laps

    - The drivers who are planning a two-stopper today - the fastest strategy on paper - now end up in their

    pit stop window

    .

    Hamilton complains on the radio that his tires are starting to deteriorate.

    in 3 days

    50 more laps

    - Overtaking actions are scarce today.

    It could turn into a tactical game of chess.

    in 3 days

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    Avatar Author Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Moment of places 13: 26 - 9 May 2021

    in 3 days

    52 more laps

    - Hamilton drives towards the end of the straight to the tail of Verstappen, but is still too far away to start an overtaking action.

    in 3 days

    54 more rounds

    - The score: 



  • Verstappen

  • Hamilton 1.0

  • Leclerc 2.7

  • Bottas 1.0

  • Ricciardo 2.1

  • Pérez 1.0

  • in 3 days

    55 more laps

    - Hamilton is getting closer.

    The Briton is almost within DRS distance of Verstappen.

    in 3 days

    55 more laps

    - Five seconds of penalty for Gasly.

    The Frenchman was not well in his starting area at the start.

    in 3 days

    56 more laps

    - Good restart Max Verstappen.

    The Dutchman easily keeps Hamilton behind, who in turn has to watch out for number three Leclerc.

    in 3 days

    57 more laps

    - The safety car comes in at the end of this round.

    We're going to race again.

    Tsunoda is the first dropout of the day.

    in 3 days

    57 more laps

    - Verstappen's lead was not very big, but of course there is less of that because of the safety car.

    For the time being, all drivers from the top ten remain outside.

    in 3 days

    58 more laps

    - Safetycar!

    The Grand Prix of Spain is neutralized.

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    59 more rounds -

     Tsunoda is standing still!

    Will he still get his car out of there?

    If not, we have a safety car.

    in 3 days

    60 more rounds

    - The score:



  • Verstappen

  • Hamilton +1.4

  • Leclerc +8.5

  • Bottas +0.7

  • Ricciardo +2.3

  • Pérez +0.8

  • in 3 days

    61 more laps

    - Hamilton slowly creeps to the tail of Verstappen.

    The gap is 1.3 seconds.

    However, we know that overtaking is difficult at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

    in 3 days

    The fact that they do not touch each other is also good for Hamilton.

    Recognize that he is defeated.

    # F1

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    Avatar Author Joost Nederpelt Moment of places 13: 08 - 9 May 2021

    in 3 days

    62 more laps

    - The repeat of the start shows that Verstappen and Hamilton just missed each other at the start.

    So no damage for both drivers.

    in 3 days

    63 more laps

    - Verstappen's lead over Hamilton fluctuates around one and a half seconds.

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