Round four of the Formula One 2021 season and what is shaping up to be a titanic battle between Mercedes and Red Bull [Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton duelling for position in feature image above; image from Eurosport] took its latest episode at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. This circuit is perhaps the one the teams and drivers know most as they traditionally use it for pre-season testing and generally if a teams car is strong here, it is a good sign it’ll be strong anywhere.
That sets F1 in 2021 up for the title battle but also for competitive racing action throughout the grid as small margins defined the weekend. In the first part of Qualifying, 17 cars were separated by a single second, in Q2 4th to 12th were separated by three-quarters of a second and pole position was decided by just 0.036s. It really does set us up for a competitive year and potentially many more records will fall and be set.