The 2016 Formula One season has witnessed Nico Rosberg get off to a blistering start, winning all the four races of the season. The German has looked in top-class form, and he will be eager to win his fifth successive race, when the Spanish Grand Prix comes calling. The practice sessions are on Friday and Saturday. The qualifying takes shape on Saturday afternoon, while the race is slated for Sunday.
Rosberg will be battling it out against the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel , Kimi Raikkonen, and Daniel Ricciardo, who have looked good, but not as brilliant as the German. Defending champion, and Rosberg's teammate, Hamilton has had issues with his car in some of the races, and he will not want similar failures to peg him back further.
Hamilton is 43 points adrift of Rosberg, and the British driver is aware of the importance of getting back to winning ways in the Spanish Grand Prix, and with it stopping his teammate from increasing the lead further.
Though Mercedes lead the constructors championship by 157 points, Ferrari, who have 76, are expected to give them a great fight. Ferrari have a much better car this season as compared to last year. Hamilton is aware of that fact and considers Ferrari to be a huge threat in the Spanish Grand Prix.
"I think Ferrari are constantly improving their car. I think this weekend they're obviously going to have some upgrades, as you would expect for Barcelona. I think they've been very, very close up until now. They're going to continue to strive," F1's official website quoted Hamilton as saying.
"They want to win; they've very, very hungry – as are we. I think we do have the power as a team to continue to develop, hopefully at a similar, if not the same rate as they are."
Ferrari drivers -- Vettel and Raikkonen – have been decent this season, and challenged Rosberg a few times as well. It is commonly agreed that Mercedes and Ferrari are two biggest competitors for the title this season, but teams like Red Bull will be ready to grab any opportunity that is presented to them.
Red Bull have a new member in the form of Max Verstappen, who will be keen to shine alongside his teammate Ricciardo. Verstappen, who is one of the best young drivers in the circuit, is excited to test himself on the Red Bull.
"To be honest I'm very happy with the chance they have given me. I'm racing for a top team now, so that was always the plan what I wanted to do. And yeah, with the risk, to be honest I think it was a bigger risk to be so young in Formula One but I've handled it pretty well. From now on it's just getting used to a new car, which is not easy in the season, but already with the things I've done in the factory, already they've given me a lot of confidence," Verstappen said.
Other teams like Force India, Toro Rosso and Williams will be keen to accumulate as much points as possible in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Where to Watch Live (Spanish Grand Prix practice session complete schedule)
First Practice Session (Friday): 10 a.m local time, 1:30 p.m. IST, 8 a.m. GMT
Second Practice Session (Friday): 2 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST, 12 p.m. GMT
Final Practice Session (Saturday): 11 a.m local time, 2:30 p.m. IST, 9 a.m. GMT
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