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Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 2:10 p.m. BST. 9:10 a.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports F1, ESPN2
Sebastian Vettel will continue his battle with Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas when the 2018 Formula One Spanish Grand Prix gets under way at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmelo on Sunday.
Hamilton got Mercedes’ first win of the season in Azerbaijan last time out. It was a significant psychological fillip for Mercedes since Vettel and Ferrari have looked particularly impressive early on.
Hamilton has an outstanding record in Barcelona, with the Formula 1 official website noting how the 33-year-old “hasn’t been off the front row here since his final year for McLaren in 2012, when he took top spot in qualifying only to be excluded for having insufficient fuel.”
The same source detailed how Vettel has never had pole position for this race. Of course, not being on pole didn’t stop the German from winning in Barcelona back in 2011.
Vettel has been good enough to win in Bahrain and Australia already this season.
On a day that Lewis Hamilton obliterated the Barcelona track record not once but twice en route to a record-extending 74th pole position, the world champion could hardly hide his frustration at the prospect of Formula One cars lapping up to one-and-a-half seconds slower from next season.
“We always want to push the boundaries, and one of the exciting things this year is that we are breaking records,” said Hamilton, fresh from an exhilarating lap of 1min 16.173sec, a full three seconds faster than the time he set in claiming pole here at the Circuit de Catalunya 12 months ago. “So, in future, we should be at least as fast as we have been this year.”
Except, in the type of volte face for which F1 is notorious, the astonishing speed displayed by Hamilton in his Mercedes yesterday is soon to be reined back. The expected loss of performance in 2019 is the result of aerodynamic work by F1’s technical brains trust, led by Ross Brawn, to promote more overtaking and better wheel-to-wheel racing. But the constant changes of heart by the sport’s hierarchy is serving only to sow confusion among the drivers.
Sebastian Vettel, who seeks to bridge a four-point deficit to Hamilton in today’s Spanish Grand Prix, responded to the indecision with contempt. “I find it comical,” the German said. “Before, we said, ‘The cars are too slow, let’s put more aero on them, make them wider and more spectacular.’ The feedback from the drivers was, ‘Thank you very much. It’s more challenging and you’re seeing us more exhausted.’ But now we want to make them slower again. It’s a bit cruising to America and changing direction 100 times.”
Hamilton, chiming in, asked his title rival: “Is it the same people making the decisions? The same group?” The answer here was no, given that Brawn has only recently embarked on his quest to shake up the action on track, but Vettel was undeterred. “You should ask us what we need to overtake,” he said, firmly. “We are the ones driving. This is not to say that we know everything, but we know about how the cars feel and about their limitations. And yet we are never really asked.”