Welcome to FOX SPORTS’ live coverage of the Practice 1 and 2 from the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
This year is set to be the last Spanish Grand Prix with Barcelona’s deal expiring at the end of this season and an agreement unlikely to be met with Liberty Media.
Barcelona will see many teams bringing new upgrades to the table this season, with the likes of Ferrari and Renault looking to halt their underwhelming starts to the year.
That means Daniel Ricciardo will be fitted with a new, upgraded engine for the race with Renault looking to hit reset on their season and move back to the front of the midfield pack, where they feel they belong.
“It is mainly for reliability,” Ricciardo said. “I don’t know how much detail they have gone into what parts have changed.
“But some materials, I know what they are but I don’t know how much I can say, but some have changed to help reliability.
“For now that is the target but if we see that it is more reliable then we can start again pushing the power curve and all those other things that others do in qualifying.”
Ricciardo however, will have to serve a three-place grid penalty when starting the race this weekend after the incident with Daniil Kvyat where he reversed into his former teammate, ruling them both out of the race in Baku last time out.
Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton has moved to calm any suggestions that his title battle with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will turn as sour as his 2016 fight with Nico Rosberg.
The two are separated by just one point having each won two races and finished runner-up in two races.
Track schedule (AEST):
Practice 1: 19.00-20.30
Practice 2: 23.00-00.30
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