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Formula 1 is back in Europe. After the American show in Miami, world champion Max Verstappen would like to return to the top of the overall standings for the World Cup in Spain.


05/19/2022 | As of 5:02 a.m.

The duel between defending champion Max Verstappen and Formula 1 leader Charles Leclerc should define the Spanish Grand Prix.

In the sixth Formula 1 race of the year on Sunday (3pm/sky), Ferrari driver Leclerc will once again have to defend his top spot against the Red Bull star.

Can Max Verstappen just stop himself?

The Dutchman had finished three times in the previous five races and won three times. Will it also work in Spain if his car remains as reliable as Verstappen would like? North of Barcelona, ​​the 24-year-old celebrated his first-ever Grand Prix victory six years ago – making his debut for Red Bull. “Hopefully we can follow the momentum of the last races,” Verstappen now. He is 19 points behind Leclerc, who has won the other two races this season.

What gives former champion Hamilton and the Mercedes team hope?

Silver stocks are making progress. In Miami, the factory team had the third fastest car after starting the year much worse. World Champion Constructors suspended for record champion Lewis Hamilton He continues to search for the right fitment for the hard-to-drive vehicle. Motorsports chief Toto Wolff said Mercedes is confident we will “take another step forward”. Austrian Wolf said they “continued to experiment with the setup and installed some new components. That gave us answers and clues as to where we should go.”

Will Sebastian Vettel get a significantly improved car?

Traditionally, Barcelona is where teams make the first critical improvements to their cars. This is also expected in Catalonia this weekend – including in Vittel Aston Martin Racing Team. England are among the weakest teams and need to catch up if they are not left behind by the end of the year. Given the delivery bottlenecks, it seems reasonable that one driver would receive the full upgrade package. And maybe that shouldn’t be Vettel, but his teammate Lance Stroll, son of racing team co-owner Lawrence Stroll.

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was counting for Schumacher It is almost palpable in Miami, before compatriot Vettel drives and both Germans retire shortly before the end of the opening race in Floria. “It’s a disgrace to both of us,” Schumacher thinks, in his sophomore year in North America Formula 1 The 23-year-old may now be able to reward himself. At the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the son of the record world champion had already taken the podium in his championship year in Formula 2. This weekend should at least be enough to secure a place in the top ten. “There are exciting times ahead,” Schumacher said.

Are fans allowed back in Spain?

Yeah. After not allowing spectators in the first Corona year 2020 and allowing 1,000 people to be there symbolically in 2021, it is now really crowded again not far from the Mediterranean coast. Visitor numbers are expected to hit six figures over the weekend. After organizers announced in March that there were no more second-leg tickets for former Alpine world champion Fernando Alonso and Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, the pool was increased again in April. So the never-before-seen fan must be on site at the upcoming Grand Prix.

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