latest updates as Hamilton drops to the back after collision

Still, that has been the main plot of the weekend but has it been the most interesting one? Maybe not. The story of a Mercedes resurgence has been a major talking point, with their upgrades for this weekend. And, though there is still a long way to go, they have at least seemed to make progress  throughout the weekend. It resulted in a second-row start for George Russell, which is the first time that has happened in 2022, out-qualifying the Red Bull of Sergio Perez. 

Is the progress all it seems? Looking at it in percentage terms, relative to the quickest lap overall, the quickest Mercedes is actually further away from the ultimate pace than they were in Bahrain. But that is perhaps a little misleading. They seem to be getting somewhere, though the real test will be if Russell can hold his fourth place or even make it further up.

And what can Lewis Hamilton do? He starts sixth, but admitted he was still struggling with the car, in particularly the rear end. He sounded downbeat about it all yesterday. It’s another occasion where Russell has had the better of him. There has been some bad luck in his season so far that worsens the gap (and they are 3-3 in qualifying, after all) but Russell has performed exceptionally. 

The race gets under way at 2pm BST and we will be here, live from Barcelona, with all the build-up, latest updates and reaction. 

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