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    The defending Formula One champion has chipped away at Leclerc’s advantage by stringing together consecutive victories, reducing the difference to 19 points ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
    18/05/2022, 10:38

    The sixth event of the season promises to be yet another episode of the Red Bull vs. Ferrari rivalry that has completely eclipsed Lewis Hamilton’s struggling Mercedes.

    “It’s not a surprise that we may have a package in Barcelona, which will be important for us,” Binotto said. “I hope the package we are introducing is working as expected and in that case, it can be a good boost in order to try and catch up the current gap we’ve got to the Red Bull.”

    When Verstappen's car has not failed him, he has managed to get the better of Leclerc, a rival of his since the days they drove go-karts as youngsters.

    ‘Chipping Away Momentum’;

    Ferrari motivated by extraordinary omen as F1 records to set to be broken - Spanish GP stats and facts
    Ferrari are the most successful constructor here with eight victories and are seeking their first win on Spanish soil in nine years.
    Wednesday 18 May 2022 17:30
    GPFans Staff & Sundaram Ramaswami

    If Sainz can claim the top step on Sunday, apart from it being his maiden race win in the sport, he’ll also become the fourth driver to win their home race in the hybrid era after Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen.

    Charles Leclerc has an unenviable record on home soil, but for Carlos Sainz, it’s quite the opposite. The latter has a 100% points-scoring rate in Spain.

    Sainz has had to suffer a few retirements this year but his last 4 race finishes have all produced podiums. Ferrari have taken pole position at this circuit on 7 occasions, the last of which came in 2008. Each time they’ve done that, they've won the Constructors' title that year.

    ‘Ferrari Omens’;

    Sainz determined to win in front of home crowd at Spanish GP.
    19/05/2022, ‎07‎:‎00
    Author Anna Francis

    It has been a difficult start to the 2022 season for Carlos Sainz, but the Spaniard is being spurred on by the possibility of success in front of the local fans at the Spanish Grand Prix.

    "The goal, as in every other race weekend, is to extract the maximum out of our car and try to win the Grand Prix," he explained.

    "The fact that it's my home race makes it even more special because of all the fans and the support we get there, but in terms of goals, we need to always push and fight for the best result possible."

    ‘Goal to Extract the Maximum’;

    Verstappen explains why Spanish GP will be a special weekend for him
    18/05/2022, ‎17‎:‎00
    Author Tom Leach

    Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was the scene of Verstappen's first-ever Formula 1 victory on his maiden weekend for Red Bull. The then-18-year-old had only recently been promoted from sister team Toro Rosso when he saw Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race ahead of him.

    "I have a lot of good memories at the track, from my first win in Formula 1 back in 2016 when I was 18. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going from the last few races with a clean start from Friday onwards."

    "Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a track that we all know very well as a team, due to the amount of testing we have done there over the years so, unlike Miami, we have a substantial amount of data to use ahead of the race.”

    ‘Know the track so well’;

    Verstappen: I’ve had some time to rest
    18 May, 2022
    Paul Velasco

    After his sensational victory at the sweltering Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen looked like he needed a long rest and that’s what he got ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix where he starts as favourite.

    Previewing the weekend in Barcelona the Red Bull driver said: “We had an incredible week in Miami, I’ve had some time to rest with my family since and now I’m looking forward to driving in Barcelona again.”

    In contrast, Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez has a best finish of fourth in Spain, when he did so in 2017 but will fancy his chances of changing that record and, if the stars align for him, a victory is not out of the question, particularly if Max hits trouble in the sister car.

    ‘R & R’;

    F1 LIVE - Perez sets sights on Spanish GP gift for newborn son
    Wednesday 18 May 2022 16:45
    GPFans Staff

    Perez's new addition ahead of Barcelona

    Sergio Perez has an extra incentive to secure a positive result at the Spanish Grand Prix having announced the birth of his newest child.

    The Mexican previewed the weekend by saying: "Since Miami, I have had a new baby, Emilio, so it would be amazing to welcome him to the world with a great result." Congratulations Checo!

    ‘Perez Sets his sights on a positive result’;

    Mercedes targets 'another step forward' in Spain but Hamilton questions progress
    18 May 2022
    Ben Issatt

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is hoping for "another step forward" at the Spanish Grand Prix after learning the lessons from Miami. Wolff is hopeful the push to solve the W13's problems will continue in Barcelona. “With the third quickest car underneath us, we extracted the maximum points possible in Miami,” the Austrian reflected in his Spanish GP preview.

    While Wolff thinks Mercedes is on the path to progress, star driver Lewis Hamilton is less optimistic. “Unfortunately not," he said on if Miami had been a "positive step" for the team.

    “We’re the same speed as we were in the first race and we just haven’t improved in these five races. But I’m hopeful at some stage we will. We just have to keep trying and keep working hard.”

    ‘After five races, speed is the same as the first race’;

    Will Mercedes give up on their W13? Spanish GP F1 talking points
    18 May 2022
    F1 Connor McDonagh

    Last chance saloon for the W13. The F1 Spanish Grand Prix could be the last chance for Mercedes to salvage the W13. Mercedes debuted their W13 back in the Barcelona test in February, wowing the F1 paddock with their innovative no sidepod concept.

    Mercedes hope to use the data they’ve gathered this season to see whether they’ve actually improved since February when pre-season took place. It’s a crucial weekend for Mercedes as they continue to look to find answers about whether their season can be saved. It’s a big weekend for Mercedes.

    Another uncompetitive showing from the eight-time champions could spell the end of the W13’s current car concept and thus making this year a potential right-off in terms of competing with Ferrari or Red Bull. On the other hand, Mercedes could find the answers they need, with the introduction of some new upgrades, to get their season back on track.

    ‘W13 Last Chance Saloon’;

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