Spanish Grand Prix preview: Time for team orders at Red Bull?

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Once again the Azerbaijan Grand Prix delivered a thrilling race as Lewis Hamilton emerged from the chaos to claim his maiden win in Baku and take hold of the championship lead for the first time in 2018. Location of Pastor Maldonado's shock only F1 win and Max Verstappen's maiden victory in recent years alone, the Circuit de Catalunya has provided drama despite its usual lack of overtaking.

Past performance may provide some comfort to Hamilton but he knows his four-point advantage over fellow four times world champion Vettel owes a lot to luck and that Ferrari have true pace.

"With the unanimous votes at both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County's Economic Development and Tourism Committee, we are very pleased to have received preliminary approval towards bringing a Formula One Grand Prix to Miami", said F1's commercial boss, Sean Bratches, in reaction to the news.

One of the biggest changes this season has been Ferrari's qualifying form.

The first lap saw two retirements when Sergey Sirotkin went into Turn 2 too hard and went into the back of Ocon Esteban's Force India which made with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.


Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel have put the quickest auto on the track in all but the season-opener in Australia, and were it not for bad luck and an overenthusiastic move in Azerbaijan, the championship could easily have become a one-horse race. Raikkonen has provided a real threat to Vettel in qualifying and has been a podium regular, only missing out when retiring in Bahrain following a pit-stop mishap.

However, the value could be with teammate Valtteri Bottas who has been one of the season's best performers to date.

Formula One's owners Liberty Media have been keen to expand in the United States of America since taking control of the sport in early 2017 and Miami race is expected to join the calendar alongside the existing U.S. Grand Prix in Austin.

Tatiana Calderon is not ruling out her chances of securing some Friday practice outings for the Sauber Formula 1 team.When the Colombian driver was appointed as the Swiss team's 2018 test driver, .

Hamilton has a record 73 career poles.


Other active winners are Verstappen (2016) and Vettel (2011).

Mercedes, one minute 19.141 seconds.

Things were looking comfortable for Vettel until Stoffel Vandoorne hit Massa's Williams and got stuck in the gravel.

It's been exciting, for sure (as well as flipping annoying when like me you'd backed Sebastian Vettel in Baku and he had the race in his pocket only for the safety auto to mess it up). The dominance of the championship battling duo shone through with third place Daniel Ricciardo finishing over a minute behind them - the Australian was also the only other driver to finish on the lead lap.


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