Normally the fans would have a good idea of what will happen at Catalunya because pre-season testing is traditionally held at the track. However, due to Covid, testing was held in Bahrain this year making the race more intriguing.
Can anyone beat Mercedes?
Hamilton has won five of the last seven runnings of the Spanish Grand Prix, including the last four.
The only other winners have been Verstappen in 2016 and Nico Rosberg a year prior. More worrying for the rest of the field is that both Mercedes cars have finished on the podium in every race since 2014, apart from in 2016. In that particular race, Hamilton was on pole, and Rosberg on the front row.
They were guaranteed a one-two finish, if they hadn’t collided at turn four. They are the team to beat, again, and they know it.
The biggest challenge to the Mercedes duo will undoubtedly come from Red Bull. Both Verstappen and Sergio Perez were excellent a week ago, in Portugal, despite complaining about the car.
The margin between the winner and second traditionally isn’t that far, so errors could be very costly in Spain. So far, Red Bull have made a few too many this season.
Don’t rule out Ferrari either, whom have shown fantastic pace this weekend, so far. Their best chance of a podium, or unlikely win, could come from Charles Leclerc.
Driver(s) to watch
Lando Norris has been in fantastic form for Mclaren, and could finish on the podium if he qualifies well. In fact, Mclaren are having their best season in what seems forever, lying third in the constructors championship.
Lance Stroll is another driver with a relatively good record at the track, and may be able to challenge for points and kickstart his season.
All in all, another good, competitive race awaits us. This weekend is going to go a very long way in showing everyone where each team stands. Think of it as a pre-season test, but for points.