F1 Grand Prix Review: Spain, Round 5
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.
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.
|5.||C. Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||01:26.136||17|
|6.||M. Verstappen||Toro Rosso||01:26.249||20|
|8.||D. Kvyat||Red Bull||01:26.629||16|
|10.||D. Ricciardo||Red Bull||01:26.770||16|
|17.||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||01:28.365||6|
|18.||S. Perez||Force India||01:28.442||7|
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.
|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|
Posted on May 11, 2015, in Grand Prix in Review and tagged 2014 F1 Season, 2015 F1 Season, Alonso, F1 Highlights, F1 review, Formula 1, Formula One, Grand Prix, Grand Prix Preview, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sainz, Sebastien Vettel, Spanish Grand Prix. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.