F1 Spanish GP Live : Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen this weekend live in Formula 1

Fresh from winning last Sunday’s 70th Anniversary race at Silverstone, Max Verstappen returns to the scene of his maiden F1 triumph seeking to intensify his title challenge with the 10th win of his career at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old Dutchman was only 18 when, on his debut with Red Bull, he took full advantage of a first lap collision involving both Mercedes drivers, to surge to victory in the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.


Four years on, with Mercedes running Valtteri Bottas alongside Lewis Hamilton, the champion team will be keen to avoid a similar scenario to that torrid afternoon when Nico Rosberg was his combative team-mate.

This time around, they will also hope that they do not have the same tyre-wear and blistering problems that afflicted both Hamilton and Bottas at Silverstone in the recent British and 70th Anniversary races, won by the six-time champion and Verstappen on successive weekends.

F1 Spanish GP Live : Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen this week in Barcelona at Circuit de Catalunya 

 
Tyres are expected, once again, to be a key factor in deciding the outcome at the Circuit de Catalunya where high temperatures may also influence the result, notably because the race, scheduled originally to take place in May, has been delayed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Air temperatures are forecast to be in the high twenties, cooler than at sweltering Silverstone last Sunday, but warmer than usual in early May.

To Mercedes’ likely relief, Pirelli have said they will revert to their harder tyre compounds, instead of the extra-soft tyres used at Silverstone where Hamilton suffered a last lap puncture in one race and struggled with severe blisters in the other.


“It’s a different track so let’s see how competitive we are against Mercedes this time and how the temperatures impact everyone,” said Verstappen, who is 30 points behind Hamilton in the championship after five races.

“The Barcleona track is quite hard on the tyres so I’m not sure how they will hold out in the heat — there will be a lot of unknowns as we usually race there earlier in the year, but I’m looking forward to it.

“After the win last weekend I’m excited to get back on track. It was a massive team achievement for us and for Honda to win – an amazing result, if a bit unexpected.

“It just shows that if you keep pushing towards one a goal then great results are always possible.”

The Dutchman’s impressive performance last weekend stirred memories for former Ferrari technical director and present F1 motorsport managing director Ross Brawn who said he reminded him of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.

The great German driver won all of his titles under Brawn’s guidance, two at Benetton and five with Ferrari.

“He was simply sensational at Silverstone,” said Brawn.

“He reminds me of Michael in so many ways. When you listen to his radio, he’s clearly got spare capacity.”

Mercedes performance boss Andrew Shovlin said they were anticipating another difficult weekend.
“I think we’d be foolish to say that we are not going to see this problem again and we are not going to see it in Spain,” he said.
“We need to be looking at solutions and if we can make good progress and understand the nature of our problem then I’d like to think we can get on top of it.
“But there’s no doubt Spain is going to be tough.”
 
Where to watch the F1 Spanish GP Live Streaming in Indian Sub-Continent ?
 

Here’s the list of F1 races you can stream on Disney+ Hotstar VIP this week.

Date
Race
Time (IST)
Friday, 14th August 2020
First Practice Session – Spain
2.30 PM
Second Practice Session – Spain
6.30 PM
Saturday, 15th August 2020
Third Practice Session – Spain
3.30 PM
Qualifying Race – Spain
6.30 PM
Sunday, 16th August 2020
Main Race – Spain
6.40 PM
 
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F1 2020 Spanish Grand Prix Live : Current Driver Standings of the F1 Drivers after 5 races this season
 
1 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 107
2 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING HONDA 77
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 73
4 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 45
5 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN RENAULT 38
6 Alexander Albon THA RED BULL RACING HONDA 36
7 Lance Stroll CAN RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 28
8 Sergio Perez MEX RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 22
9 Daniel Ricciardo AUS RENAULT 20
10 Esteban Ocon FRA RENAULT 16
11 Carlos Sainz ESP MCLAREN RENAULT 15
12 Pierre Gasly FRA ALPHATAURI HONDA 12
13 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 10
14 Nico Hulkenberg GER RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 6
15 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 2
16 Daniil Kvyat RUS ALPHATAURI HONDA 2
17 Kevin Magnussen DEN HAAS FERRARI 1
18 Kimi Räikkönen FIN ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 0
19 Nicholas Latifi CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0
20 George Russell GBR WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0
21 Romain Grosjean FRA HAAS FERRARI 0