Spanish Grand Prix 2019: Mercedes will look to continue their dominance of the 2019 Formula One season in Barcelona, with the Silver Arrows gunning for a fifth straight one-two finish during Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have split victories over the first four races of the season, opening up a giant lead at the top of the standings. The first chaser, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, sits more than 30 points behind the leaders.
Both Mercedes and Ferrari, as well as a host of other teams, have brought upgrade packages to the Spanish Grand Prix, and we’ll find out how those changes translate to race pace on Sunday.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya holds no secrets for the drivers, as it is the preferred testing venue in pre-season and the host of this year’s winter sessions. It’s a relatively slow track that requires plenty of downforce in the setups. The long Turn 3 is vital and easy to get wrong, and overtaking is often reserved for the DRS zones.
The track is a great all-rounder, explaining why it’s so popular for testing. The teams’ familiarity with the track also means setups will be close to perfect, making it a great place to test upgrade packages.
Just four races into the season, it’s safe to say Mercedes remain as dominant as ever and the rest of the field is playing catch-up. While Ferrari’s raw power can match that of the Silver Arrows, the overall balance of the Mercedes is far superior.
Max Verstappen has comfortably been the better Red Bull driver so far this season, and much is expected from the third member of the “big three” teams in terms of upgrades. The Dutchman took his maiden win at the track in his first race for Red Bull in 2016, but the fact the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Hamilton crashed into each other played a big part in that.