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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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  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Spanish Grand Prix, brought to you live from the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona.
    5/11/2014 11:13:20 AM
  • 5/11/2014 11:14:51 AM
  • 5/11/2014 11:19:44 AM
  • Hello and welcome to our coverage of today's race. We have 30 minutes until lights out, so lets take a look at what's in the news today...
    5/11/2014 11:30:39 AM
  • Hamilton saw off Rosberg in a riveting Saturday qualifying, as David Tremayne describes:
    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg might still be in a class of their own despite all the work their rivals have put into catching Mercedes this weekend, but the intensity of their ongoing intra-team duel for supremacy turned yesterday’s final qualifying session for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix into another humdinger.
    To read more on the Saturday report, CLICK HERE.
    5/11/2014 11:36:03 AM
  • It was all change at Caterham, as they sacked technical director Mark Smith:
    Caterham have axed technical director Mark Smith and formed a new committee in a bid to address their disastrous start to the year. The Leafield-based marque find themselves languishing at the foot of the constructors' championship, with their car noticeably slower than that of close rivals Marussia.
    To read more on the shake-up, CLICK HERE.
    5/11/2014 11:37:20 AM
  • Spain's Fernando Alonso was visibly disappointed with his seventh place in qualifying


    5/11/2014 11:38:22 AM
  • Vettel has reported via his in-car radio that the car is suffering from "locking" on the way to the grid. Red Bull chief Christian Horner reveals it's a small software issue, and they should have it resolved before the start. Can Vettel's weekend get any worse? You bet it can.
    5/11/2014 11:43:22 AM
  • Right, with 15 minutes until lights out, let's take a look at the grid...
    5/11/2014 11:45:50 AM
  • 1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 

    2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 

    3. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 

    4. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 

    5. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 

    6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 

    7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 

    8. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 

    9. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 

    10. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India

    11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 

    12. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 

    13. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 

    14. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 

    15. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 

    16. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber

    17. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 

    18. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 

    19. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 

    20. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham 

    21. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 

    22. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus

    5/11/2014 11:46:42 AM
  • 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
  • Lap 20: The front-left was slow off for Hamilton, which caused the delay. As we speak, Rosberg sets a new fastest lap, and he could be on to emerge from the lead when he makes his first stop.
    5/11/2014 12:34:16 PM
  • Hamilton leads Rosberg early in the race


    5/11/2014 12:35:46 PM
  • Lap 21: Rosberg stays out, but Bottas comes in and he's a long way behind Ricciardo. Good pace from the Red Bull driver sees him leapfrog up to third, although Bottas has gone long enough to do a two-stopper should Red Bull need a third.
    5/11/2014 12:36:48 PM
  • Lap 22: Rosberg pits from the lead and his stop is a second quicker than his team-mates, but in the end it's a simple move back into the lead for Hamilton as he sweeps past the pit exit with Rosberg emerging. Rosberg changed to the harder tyres, while Hamilton elected to remain on the medium compound.
    5/11/2014 12:38:35 PM
  • A few thoughts on Twitter...

    5/11/2014 12:39:46 PM
  • Lap 23: Rosberg locks up massively heading into turn seven having just put on his fresh tyres. Hamilton is told he needs a gap of four seconds before the change, while Rosberg is told he needs to stay with two seconds. Battle on!
    5/11/2014 12:41:05 PM
  • Lap 24: Raikkonen takes a run at his former team-mate Grosjean, using the DRS to try and go around the outside of turn one. He looks to get by, but runs out wide on the marbles and Grosjean sweeps back past.
    5/11/2014 12:41:57 PM
  • Lap 25: Second times a charm for Raikkonen as he gets by Grosjean the next lap before he has to turn into the corner. Alonso is just 0.4s behind Grosjean, while Jean Eric-Vergne brings the car into the garage to retire with an exhaust problem.
    5/11/2014 12:43:16 PM
  • Lap 26: Grosjean locks up again and runs wide into the hairpin, but Alonso can't take advantage of the error as the Lotus just holds on. The Spaniard bides his time though and replicates Raikkonen's pass to sprint past him on the straight, much to the delight of the crowd.
    5/11/2014 12:44:41 PM
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