At the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, with Max Verstappen in peak condition, Red Bull could steal a march from Ferrari.
The reigning world champion sailed to victory last time out in Miami and seems poised to take his title defense to the next level in Barcelona.
Red Bull appear to have won the battle over their reliability woes, clearing the way for Verstappen and Sergio Perez to fight for any podium without fear of a DNF.
Ferrari star Charles Leclerc still leads the Drivers’ Championship by 19 points but Verstappen has won more races so far. Another win for the latter would put pressure on Leclerc.
Fans around the world will be excited to see the cars in action around a well-known mainstay of the F1 calendar.
RadioTimes.com brings you the full guide to the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix, including start time, dates and TV details, as well as our analysis of the big storylines to come.
Date of the Spanish Grand Prix
The Spanish Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 22 May 2022.
Check out our full F1 2022 calendar for the full list of races and results for the season.
Start time of the Spanish Grand Prix
The race starts at 2pm UK time on Sunday 22 May 2022.
We’ve included the full schedule for the rest of the weekend, including practice and qualifying times, below.
Schedule of the Spanish Grand Prix
All UK time.
Practice time for the Spanish Grand Prix
Friday May 20th
From 12:30pm on Sky Sports F1
Practice 1pm – 1pm
Practice 2 – 4 p.m
Saturday May 21st
From 11:45am on Sky Sports F1
Practice 3 p.m. – 12 p.m
Qualifying time for the Spanish Grand Prix
Saturday May 21st
From 2pm on Sky Sports F1
Qualification – 3pm
Race time of the Spanish Grand Prix
Sunday May 22nd
From 12:30pm on Sky Sports F1
Race – 2pm
How to watch the Spanish Grand Prix on TV
The Spanish Grand Prix will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday 22 May from 12:30pm.
All races are broadcast live sky sports F1 and Main Event throughout the season.
Sky customers can add individual channels to their plan for as little as £18 a month or add the full sports package to their plan for just £25 a month.
In addition, the highlights of the race will be available free-to-air on Channel 4 on Sunday evening from 6:30 p.m.
Spanish Grand Prix live stream online
Existing Sky Sports customers can stream the race live on a variety of devices via the Sky Go app.
You can watch the Grand Prix with a NOW day membership for £11.99 or a monthly membership for £33.99, all without signing a contract.
NOW can be streamed via a computer or apps found on most smart TVs, phones and consoles. NOW is also available through BT Sport.
Spanish Grand Prix preview
1. Will the Ferrari upgrade enough?
Max Verstappen is already starting to take care of this title race. He’s won every race his Red Bull beast machine has managed, and winning here would put him on the road to dominance.
Ferrari appear ready to put a ‘major upgrade’ on the table for this race and they need it to be up and running immediately if they want to challenge Red Bull in Barcelona.
The Italians will be happy with their overall performance so far this season, but if they are serious about fighting with Red Bull for the Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championship they need to keep developing well.
2. Carlos Sainz on home soil
Ferrari’s Spanish star Carlos Sainz is a man under pressure. He’s been sifted behind Charles Leclerc in the pecking order and a dangerous cocktail of pressure, bad luck and frustration has resulted in a disappointing season for Sainz so far, despite the underlying raw pace.
Sainz clinched a much-needed podium in Miami despite finishing five seconds behind Leclerc.
He goes into his home race with many eyeballs watching his every move and needs to be careful not to try to overcompensate for some poor results in 2022. Sainz is a talented rider, but he needs consistent, solid results, not one-off spectacular moments.
3. Fernando Alonso on the test bench
His compatriot Fernando Alonso is also under pressure to perform. He had a frustrating start to the season with just two points from five races, 22 fewer than teammate Esteban Ocon.
The veteran star, like Sainz, has suffered from a complex mix of bad luck and disappointing moments while also providing glimpses of a hungry, fast and competitive world champion.
He needs to find consistency in the coming weeks to prevent this from becoming a lost season for Alpine.
Spanish Grand Prix Prediction
Check out our Spanish Grand Prix predictions guide coming soon…
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