After four close races between Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and title rival Max Verstappen, the tension looks set to keep rising at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton won his 100th career pole position after barely edging Max Verstappen to the fastest time in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday. Hamilton pushed his Mercedes to a flying lap of 1 minute, 16.74 seconds. Verstappen in his Red Bull was only 0.03 seconds behind.
Formula One will debut sprint qualifying races at three grands prix after an agreement with all 10 teams and governing body the FIA. The sprints will be over 100 kilometres on the Saturdays and will replace the standard qualifying, determining the starting grid for the following day's grand prix.
The Japanese Grand Prix will remain at Suzuka Circuit until at least 2024, Formula 1 announced on Saturday. The track has been a regular fixture on the F1 calendar since 1987 and the multi-year extension is part of an effort to grow the sport in Asia.