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The 2021 Spanish Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio De España 2021) was the fourth race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain between May 7 and May 9 2021.

Lewis Hamilton took his 100th career pole position, but was passed by Max Verstappen at the start. On a different strategy, Hamilton was able to pass Verstappen into the lead with seven laps remaining. Verstappen was left to make his second stop in a bid to take fastest lap from third place finisher Valtteri Bottas, which he did. Yuki Tsunoda was the only retirement of the race, his engine having failed on the sixth lap and triggering a safety car period. Tsunoda's team-mate Pierre Gasly came to finish in the last points position starting from 12th after overcoming an early penalty for being out of position of his starting grid, while home racers Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Fernando Alonso finished in 7th and 17th respectively.


Background[]

Ahead of the current season, it was revealed that work had been done on the circuit to remodel the 10th turn of the track. The turn has been modified into a more gently arcing left-hander, with the added benefit of providing more run-off area at the corner, thus improving safety for the racers.[1]

Heading into the fourth round, Lewis Hamilton led Max Verstappen by 8 championship points. Hamilton had so far won two races compared to one from Verstappen, who had already lost chances of beating Hamilton in two races due to track limits rules.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
45 Israel Roy Nissany United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Source:[2]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Qualifying was delayed by 10 minutes due to barrier repair works. Norris took a surprise fastest time at the end of Q1, but the main shocker was Tsunoda, who along with Raikkonen, Schumacher, Latifi and Mazepin are out of Q1.

Q2[]

Verstappen set the overall fastest time while out in Q2 were Stroll, Gasly, Vettel, Giovinazzi and Russell.

Q3[]

Hamilton set the fastest time at the start of the final session but with him, Verstappen and Bottas failing to improve their times on the final run, he claimed his career 100th pole. Perez spun on his first flying lap and could only go 8th fastest on his final run, while best of the rest went to Leclerc in 4th with Ocon a career-best starting 5th.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 9 1:18.245 3 1:17.166 1 1:16.741 1
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 4 1:18.090 1 1:16.922 2 1:16.777 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 2 1:18.005 2 1:17.142 3 1:16.873 3
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 3 1:18.041 7 1:17.717 4 1:17.510 4
5 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 11 1:18.281 9 1:17.743 5 1:17.580 5
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 7 1:18.205 4 1:17.656 6 1:17.620 6
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 1:18.264 8 1:17.719 7 1:17.622 7
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 6 1:18.203 5 1:17.669 8 1:17.701 8
9 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:17.821 6 1:17.696 9 1:18.010 9
10 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 12 1:18.281 10 1:17.966 10 1:18.147 10
11 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 8 1:18.241 11 1:17.974 11
12 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 5 1:18.190 12 1:17.982 12
13 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 13 1:18.289 13 1:18.079 13
14 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 15 1:18.549 14 1:18.356 14
15 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 14 1:18.445 15 1:19.154 15
16 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 16 1:18.556 16
17 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 17 1:18.917 17
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 18 1:19.117 18
19 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 19 1:19.219 19
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:19.807 20*
107% time: 1:23.268
Source:[3]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Mazepin was given a 3-place grid penalty for impeding Norris during Q1.

Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 66 1:33:07.680 1 25
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 66 +15.841 2 19FL
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 66 +26.610 3 15
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 66 +54.616 4 12
5 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 66 +1:03.671 8 10
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1:13.768 7 8
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 66 +1:14.670 6 6
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 9 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 65 +1 lap 5 2
10 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 65 +1 lap 12 1
11 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 11
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 65 +1 lap 17
13 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 13
14 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 15
15 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 65 +1 lap 14
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 19
17 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 65 +1 lap 10
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 64 +2 laps 18
19 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 64 +2 laps 20
Ret 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 6 Engine 16
Source:

Milestones[]

Standings[]

Hamilton extended his lead ahead of Verstappen to 14 points, while Bottas' podium finish enabled him to take third on the standings from Norris, the only position change in the drivers' standings. Likewise, there were no changes in positions to the constructors' standings. Mercedes extended their lead from Red Bull to 29 points, while Leclerc's superb finish ensured Ferrari scored to within 5 points of McLaren.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 94
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen 80
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 47 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris 41 ▼1
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc 40
6 Mexico Sergio Pérez 32
7 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 24
8 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 20
9 France Esteban Ocon 10
10 France Pierre Gasly 8
11 Canada Lance Stroll 5
12 Spain Fernando Alonso 5
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 2
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 141
2 Austria Red Bull-Honda 112
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65
4 Italy Ferrari 60
5 France Alpine-Renault 15
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 10
7 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 5

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.


References[]

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References:

  1. F1.com: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya complete remodelling of Turn 10
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named EL
  3. ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), , (Accessed 05/07/2020)
V T E 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship
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Drivers alphabetically AlonsoBottasGaslyGiovinazziHamiltonKubicaLatifiLeclercMazepinNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzSchumacherStrollTsunodaVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 9 Mazepin • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 22 Tsunoda • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Schumacher • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 88 Kubica • 99 Giovinazzi
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