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F1 Spanish Grand Prix live - As it happened

by Jack de Menezes
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Spanish Grand Prix, brought to you live from the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona.

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  • Don't forget you can send your thoughts via Twitter to @IndySport and myself at @JackdeMenezes throughout the race.
    5/11/2014 11:48:26 AM
  • Adrian Newey gives the green light on Vettel's gremlins, but we'll keep an eye on that to see if they reappear during the race. There's no doubt though that the four-time world champion is being outshone by his new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
    5/11/2014 11:51:10 AM
  • Ferrari's 'brand ambassadors' are in much better spirits that their drivers at the moment...

    5/11/2014 11:52:34 AM
  • Mercedes and Rosberg's final preparations...

    5/11/2014 11:54:37 AM
  • Felipe Massa discussing his race tactics with everyone's favourite engineer Rob Smedley

    5/11/2014 11:55:13 AM
  • While the pace out front is blisteringly quick, it's worth noting that some are struggling to cope this season. Max Chilton's time may have been quick enough to beat his Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi, but it would have only earnt him fourth position on the GP2 grid for yesterday's feature race.
    5/11/2014 11:59:52 AM
  • The grid's being cleared, and we're ready to go with the formation lap. A check on the tyres, and everyone bar Jean Eric-Vergne in 21st is starting on the medium option tyre.
    5/11/2014 12:00:34 PM
  • Last minute pre-race thoughts...

    5/11/2014 12:02:49 PM
  • Hamilton leads the field round and takes up his position on pole. Here we go...
    5/11/2014 12:03:15 PM
  • Lights out: Another faultless start from Hamilton as he leads through turn one and two!
    5/11/2014 12:04:12 PM
  • Lap 1: Rosberg lights up the rear getting off the line, but the fight behind comes from the Williams of Bottas as Ricciardo is jumped on the start. Hamilton out front once more, and Magnussen runs wide going into the complex at the end of the lap. He clips Vettel on his way back onto the track.
    5/11/2014 12:06:04 PM
  • Lap 2: A frantic start down the field, as Magnussen checks with his team if his front wing is ok. Looks fine from here (I'm a long, long way away mind). Hamilton leads by over a second. Alonso was another to get a poor start, though he managed to hold position with a sneaky line through the opening two turns.
    5/11/2014 12:08:22 PM
  • Lap 2: Magnussen got a good start to challenge Kvyat, but had to take to the grass on the inside of the circuit to try and pass him which lost momentum. Maldonado, true to form, rams the Caterham of Ericsson on the opening lap and takes a heavy hit on his rear-right tyre as consequence.
    5/11/2014 12:11:37 PM
  • Lap 3: Maldonado and Ericsson's clash in under investigation by the stewards. Out front, Hamilton his maintaining his lead over Rosberg, but Ricciardo is seriously pressuring Bottas for third. Grosjean runs fifth, Raikkonen and Alonso sixth and seventh, Massa is eighth and the Force India pair of Hulkenberg and Perez round out the top 10.
    5/11/2014 12:13:58 PM
  • Lap 7: Ricciardo takes a run up the inside of Bottas into turn one, but Bottas wisely pus his car on the outside to have the advantage into turn two. The Australian has been given the instruction to drop back if he can't pass the Finn, but he's showing no signs of that yet.
    5/11/2014 12:15:09 PM
  • Lap 8: Ricciardo shows his nose once more but this time thinks better of a lunge down the inside. Hamilton and Rpsberg are exchanging fastest laps each time by, with the German maintaining a gap just under two seconds. Ricciardo confirms he will back off after failing to pass Bottas. Kvyat passes Gutierrez with a superb move round to outside of the long turn-three right-hander.
    5/11/2014 12:17:03 PM
  • Williams praise on the waves of Twitter. Can they hold onto a podium finish?

    5/11/2014 12:17:38 PM
  • Lap 10: Five second stop/go penalty for Maldonado for causing the collision with Ericcsson, which he can take when he comes in for his first stop as per the new rules this season.
    5/11/2014 12:20:43 PM
  • Lap 12: Little change in the top 10 since the first lap, but 11th-placed Kvyat could be one to watch as the race goes on. Vettel is pressuring Button for 12th, while Perez is challenging his team-mate Hulkenberg.
    5/11/2014 12:22:29 PM
  • Lap 13: Vettel pits early, and he'll hope he can use the undercut to pass Button as he's the first to stop in the race.
    5/11/2014 12:24:01 PM
  • Grosjean locks up going into the first corner

    5/11/2014 12:25:15 PM
  • Lap 14: Magnussen gets by Gutierrez for 13th, and Ricciardo is back onto the gearbox of Bottas. He won't have a run though as he dives in to the pits, but stays on the medium tyre.
    5/11/2014 12:26:28 PM
  • Lap 16: Grosjean pits from fifth, and is followed in by Massa. Both are away cleanly and rejoin further down the field.
    5/11/2014 12:28:23 PM
  • Lap 17: Ricciardo comes out behind the Toro Rosso of Kvyat in ninth. Alonso dives into the pits from fifth, as Ricciardo sweeps past Kvyat into turn one. Grosjean follows suit as he passes Sutil at the same corner. Alonso emerges behind Sutil, but he's closed the gap on Grosjean slightly.
    5/11/2014 12:30:25 PM
  • Lap 18: Rosberg is closing in slightly on Hamilton, with the gap down to 1.6s. Hamilton is told "it won't be long now so push push", while Raikonnen pits from fourth.
    5/11/2014 12:31:14 PM
  • Lap 19: Ricciardo carries on his charge as he passes Perez for fourth going into turn four. Raikkonen manages to hold on to his spot ahead of Alonso as the race leader comes in. A slow stop from the Merc crew as Hamilton is stationary for 3.8s, and now it's on Rosberg to gain the advantage.
    5/11/2014 12:32:57 PM
  • Some cracking battles going on here...

    5/11/2014 1:39:21 PM
  • Lap 64: Vettel has caught Bottas for fourth, Rosberg has caught Hamilton for the lead, Alonso has caught Raikkonen for fifth is is an incredible finish - the top five could still be in any order!
    5/11/2014 1:40:23 PM
  • Lap 64: Alonso makes his move! It's tight as they race wheel-to-wheel through turn three... but he's done it! Alonso passes Raikkonen for fifth.
    5/11/2014 1:41:27 PM
  • Lap 64: Rosberg is within a second of Hamilton and has DRS. Hamilton locks up going into the hairpin and runs deep, but remains ahead of his team-mate.
    5/11/2014 1:42:16 PM
  • Lap 65: Vettel passes Bottas and Red Bull have a three-four finish, but the action's up front...
    5/11/2014 1:43:05 PM
  • Lap 65: Hamilton gets the added bonus of DRS from Raikkonen's lapped Ferrari on the straight, and that could be enough to see him home. We're onto the final lap!
    5/11/2014 1:43:56 PM
  • Lap 66: Hamilton negotiates the hairpin for the final time, and Rosberg is running out of chances...
    5/11/2014 1:44:31 PM
    5/11/2014 1:44:45 PM
  • Chequered flag: Hamilton just holds on to take the victory by the narrowest of margins, and that's four in a row for the new world championship leader. Rosberg will be devastated to finish second. Red Bull end the day as well as they could've hoped for, with Ricciardo leading home Vettel in third and fourth. And Alonso has reason to smile as he beats his team-mate Raikkonen to sixth. A special mention to Valtteri Bottas, who drove a solid race to finish fourth for Williams.
    5/11/2014 1:50:01 PM
  • Chequered flag: Despite Hamilton holding on for victory, my driver of the day has to go to Sebastian Vettel, who combined strategy and performance to go from 15th to fourth. While Red Bull will not want to have many repeats of this weekend, they can smile with that salvage job.
    5/11/2014 1:51:05 PM
  • That's all from us today. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of an exciting Spanish Grand Prix, and we now head to Monaco for one of the jewels in the F1 calender. See you then!
    5/11/2014 2:00:05 PM
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