Engine change at Alonso before the race

12:17 p.m.

tires for racing

In this context also a look at the tires for the race. It looks very likely that all teams will focus on the soft tires, where all drivers have at least three sets left.

The situation is different with the media, of which no one has more than two available, many drivers even only one. And all 20 drivers have only one sentence left from the hard mix.

But according to Pirelli, one should not use the hard anyway. He’s just too slow here.

12:10 p.m.


Here is an overview of the strategies that Pirelli proposes today. We rarely have that much variation: Medium-Medium-Soft and Medium-Soft-Soft need to be similarly fast.

A wooden stopper with Medium-Soft-Soft-Soft is also possible on paper. Only one stop, on the other hand, seems very unlikely and is not even listed by Pirelli.

But who knows, maybe someone will try it anyway. Could be an exciting race strategically!


Speaking of the Alps …

The French have an update with them in Barcelona. But apparently not both drivers got all the parts. Alonso reveals: “The two cars are not alike.” Ocon has “a little update” that he did not get.

“We have to see if I can do it [am Samstag] lost some performance. It was his turn this time, it’s okay, ”said Alonso, who has also had priority in updates in the past.

Incidentally, Ocon starts from P12 afterwards. So for him, points are much closer.


Alonso: “Misunderstanding” made Q1 quit

The Spaniard started his crucial Q1 round yesterday just behind Norris. Of course, it was anything but optimal – and eventually the alpine pilot was eliminated. How did this situation arise?

“It was a misunderstanding,” he says, explaining, “I started the round behind Lando and thought I only had a second or two left until the end of the session.” In fact, there was still a lot more time.

In theory, he could have left a much bigger gap for McLaren. During the race he now lacks a “mega fantastic safety car” to still have a chance for a good result from P17.

We will see.


Ferrari rules out stable orders

It is becoming more and more clear that the 2022 World Cup title will be decided between Leclerc and Verstappen. Sainz is already 51 points behind his teammate. That equates to more than two wins.

Nevertheless, Ferrari rules out stable management at this point in the season. Race director Laurent Mekies explains: “This is only the sixth of 22 races. We are still very, very far away from facing such a dilemma.”

So Sainz should win his home race today. The whole story is here!


All the best!

Congratulations to Pedro Diniz, who today celebrates his 52nd birthday. The Brazilian remained in Formula 1 for a full six years between 1995 and 2000, but did not get more than ten championship points.

He has never been on the podium in 98 races, placing him in fifth place in the statistics for most Formula 1 starters without a podium. Nico Hülkenberg (181 races) is undisputed in P1.

By the way: In 2021, Diniz again made headlines because Sebastian Vettel visited him on his organic farm …


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Aston Martin and “compromise”

That might explain why Vettel and Stroll were eliminated in Q1 yesterday. “Temperatures really got the upper hand this weekend,” admits technical director Andrew Green about the new package.

The cooling is “a compromise,” he explains. As a reminder, Aston Martin is using the new parts for the first time this weekend. Apparently, the required cooling was simply miscalculated.

“It certainly hasn’t shown its potential yet,” Green says of the upgrade. Because the car is almost brand new and you have to learn and understand many things first.

For example cooling …


Schumacher & Vettel: Losers in qualifying

Admittedly, at first glance, Schumacher does not look like one of yesterday’s losers after qualifying for the first time in his career. Why is he anyway?

This is explained by Kevin Scheuren and Christian Nimmervoll on Formel1.de YouTube channel in our large analysis! The following items were on the agenda yesterday:

– Schumacher: Another clear defeat against Magnussen
– Vettel: Aston Martin also comes with a B version
– Leclerc & Verstappen: Dramatic battle for pole
– Bottas, McLaren & Alonso
– Mercedes: Do not cover the right window
– Long-term update: Ferrari has risen!
– Questions from channel members from live chat

The two will contact you again tonight with an analysis. We will, as usual, announce the exact start time during the day.

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Will qualification become an issue for Red Bull?

Leclerc hit his fourth pole in the sixth race of the season yesterday. Red Bull was able to win the last two races. But in qualifying, Ferrari looks to be a little faster this year.

“We have to find some time on a lap,” Verstappen demands, explaining: “You’ve been fast over a lap in every qualification so far.” Therefore, the Leclerc pole in Barcelona is no surprise.

Because Ferrari also has updates this weekend. “So you could expect that,” said Verstappen, whose hope now is that Red Bull could gain an advantage today through tire management.

Nevertheless, it is clear that Red Bull needs to improve on Saturday. Of course, it does not make the battle for the world championship easier if you have to start the race with a handicap from a worse starting position …


Race day!

Hello and welcome to a new edition of our Formula 1 live ticker. The sixth race of the season starts at 15:00 today in Barcelona. Is it back to a duel between Verstappen and Leclerc? Or can Sainz attack in front in his home run? And is it possible for Mercedes today? It will be interesting!

At this point, Ruben Zimmermann accompanies you through the day again. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints, you can use our contact form. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and if you have any questions, use our Twitter hashtag #FragMST. Here we go!

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