Ferrari need to recover their testing pace, says Vettel

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It's rare for Lewis Hamilton to be consistently beaten in qualifying. Verstappen slammed on the brakes in time, before shaking his fist at Bottas.

The notion of donning Ferrari red for one last glory has long held appeal for Hamilton. The later we start doing that, the worse it looks.

"Valtteri's really, clearly stepped up this year and is really happy in the auto and really delivering and driving fantastically", Hamilton said.

Speaking about Bottas' improved performances in 2019, Hamilton said he suspects Musconi's arrival on Bottas' side of the garage has offered a "helping hand". Whether the harmony can be kept in such a situation remains to be seen...

Hamilton has won the Spanish GP three times, including the last two years.

McLaren is in its best position for a year - having moved up to fourth off the back of its first double points result in 12 months - but it's been a hard start for Haas, Toro Rosso and Williams.

"I wanted it to be first", Verstappen added.

Could teams' strategy calls turn the order on its head?

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The Swiss Cyborg appeared as the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to make history as the first non-Formula 1 personality to present the Pirelli Pole Position Award to Valtteri Bottas. "It's always such a special occasion and I can't wait to see all the fans in my grandstand, I'm looking forward to seeing it in full papaya!". "It could be an interesting race with the option for a one-stop or two-stop". Shell, in close collaboration with our team, has developed a different formulation of race lubricant that will also be introduced with the new power unit, delivering increased performance.

Both teams have been talking up the other's chances. The Renault team will be desperate to kick-start their season to ensure they don't slip further behind their rivals, in what is shaping up to be another battle for "best of the rest'". Barcelona was one venue where they did not have such trouble during the winter, and with warmer temperatures this weekend, the signs are that they should be relatively competitive again.

The Finn's previous race engineer Tony Ross left the Formula One team at the end of last season to lead the engineering side at the Mercedes HWA Racelab Formula E outfit that is due to debut later this year.

Can Daniel Ricciardo turn his Q3 appearance into badly needed points on Sunday?

Ferrari will be able to continue using its original specification of engine during Friday practice, meaning it can still balance the mileage across its engine allocation for the year.

Former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, now at Renault, has a three-place grid drop as punishment for a freaky collision with Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat in Baku.

Ferrari had plenty of upgrades on their auto this weekend, but Mercedes continue to storm to pole position.