F1 Grand Prix Review: Spain, Round 5

Qualifying

Weather was stable in Barcelona on Saturday, and the usual results followed. The Mercedes duo topped the timesheets to put in a one-two, filling out the first row of the grid, this time with Nico Rosberg in front of his double World Champion teammate. The German who was yet to win a race in 2015 confessed that Bahrain was still on his mind and he was keen to make a mends to his ill performance.

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A 2015 regular, Sebastien Vettel filled the third spot on the grid. However, slightly less-typical, a certain Spaniard stepped up to fifth, making it Carlos Sainz’s best quali result since debut. His tame mate Max held steady in sixth once again. Bottas filled fourth.

A bizarre incident left Kimi Raikkonen hindered. His tyre blankets were so hot that they left his much needed soft tyres burnt. The Finn had to settle for an alternative set and the consequences left him stranded in seventh. His ex-teammate Felipe Massa, finished up to take ninth on the grid. The first of the Red Bulls followed him in tenth.

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1.  N. Rosberg Mercedes 01:24.681 18
2.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:24.948 17
3.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:25.458 15
4.  V. Bottas Williams 01:25.694 16
5.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:26.136 17
6.  M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 01:26.249 20
7.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:26.414 16
8.  D. Kvyat Red Bull 01:26.629 16
9.  F. Massa Williams 01:26.757 16
10.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:26.770 16
11.  R. Grosjean Lotus 01:27.375 13
12.  P. Maldonado Lotus 01:27.450 13
13.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:27.760 11
14.  J. Button McLaren 01:27.854 12
15.  F. Nasr Sauber 01:28.005 14
16.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:28.112 6
17.  N. Hulkenberg Force India 01:28.365 6
18.  S. Perez Force India 01:28.442 7
19.  W. Stevens Manor 01:31.200 6
20.  R. Merhi Manor 01:32.038 4

Race Day

A slightly more standard result was had a Barcelona on Sunday. Nico Rosberg was able to claim his maiden 2015 victory, breaking the winning spell shared by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel. Rosberg’s pace was simply impenetrable having Hamilton finish a further 17 seconds down the road.

Ferrari’s Vettel was able to hold off Lewis Hamilton for only so long until his efforts for second place found their demise. The German happily settled for third. Following him were the two Finns, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen respectively. Massa claimed sixth – a well-earned climb up the field to get some much needed points for Williams.

Shooting up into the top ten was Honey Badger, Daniel Ricciardo. His Red Bull looking vaguely healthier finished ahead of his teammate who could only muster up tenth. Red Bull chiefs have “written off 2015”.

A friendly surprise of Romain Grosjean held steady to bring home some points for his Enstone based team; Lotus. The car has improved, but Grosjean deliberated that it still lacked the reliability he needs.

As for the McLarens, it seems as though their new “predatory” look gave off the antithesis of their results. A brake failure left a sodden Fernando Alonso out of the race whilst his teammate, Jenson Button finished up in sixteenth. He worries that the Honda powered cars might not claim any points this season.

Results

Pos. Driver Team Time
1.  N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:41:12.555
2.  L. Hamilton Mercedes +17.551
3.  S. Vettel Ferrari +45.342
4.  V. Bottas Williams +59.217
5.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari +1:00.002
6.  F. Massa Williams +1:21.314
7.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull +1 Lap
8.  R. Grosjean Lotus +1 Lap
9.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso +1 Lap
10.  D. Kvyat Red Bull +1 Lap
11.  M. Verstappen Toro Rosso +1 Lap
12.  F. Nasr Sauber +1 Lap
13.  S. Perez Force India +1 Lap
14.  M. Ericsson Sauber +1 Lap
15.  N. Hulkenberg Force India +1 Lap
16.  J. Button McLaren +1 Lap
17.  W. Stevens Manor +3 Laps
18.  R. Merhi Manor +4 Laps
Did not finish
19.  P. Maldonado Lotus +21 Laps
20.  F. Alonso McLaren +40 Laps

Dane Hansen

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I am an avid freelance Formula 1 writer and blogger. My writings are diverse and range from historical insights, to thorough and exciting analysis of the modern era and the topics that come with it. I am also able to take in requests from readers that wish to gain vision into particular stories. All are welcome. I encourage constructive criticism and conversation in comments or via email. My passion for the world’s fastest show consumes my daily efforts and I am always enthused to write about the sport I love most. Even as a pundit, I too have a curiosity and am always ready to learn more about an ever expanding sport.

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