So the grand prix at the weekend turned out to be a interesting race mostly down to the tires. There was on track overtaking and overtaking in the pits (im someone who enjoys a mixture of the two) and the FIA even allowed the cars to go two abreast down the pit lane as its so wide at Catalyuna!!
Sebastian Vettel won but was hounded to the line by Lewis Hamilton with Jenson Button recovering from a poor start (he dropped down to 10th place) with a different strategy (3 stops) to take the final place. All 3 men ended up on the podium by overtaking on the track as well as great work by the pit crews. As expected however the DRS was not very succesful at this track, and it comes with the announcement that in Canada and Valencia there will be 2 DRS straights, which in Canada especially could be nothing short of mental. DRS however has this morning been banned in the tunnel for practice and qualifying at Monaco, which I personally think is wise for the first year of the system. If the FIA decides that its fine to use then we can ammend that next year, better than someone having a Hulkenberg esque crash.
Despite his incredible start Fernando Alonso finished 5th at a circuit which is regarded as the most car dependant on the calendar and by that I mean the difference the driver can make is smaller due to the aerodynamic dependance in the corners. He drove a spectacular home race taking the lead from the start, reminding everyone (if they needed it) that he is world world class in any team. But it highlighted how far behind Ferrari really are as Massa really struggled on the hard tire and Fernando dropped from the lead to finish a lap down.
McLaren and Red Bull seemed very equally matched in race trim despite the rediculous qualifying advantage however Mark Webber looks resigned to playing number 2, completly dejected after last years title upset by his young team mate. Despite gaining pole he finished 4th and 47 seconds off his team mate. With the two title contending teams way out in front its essentially a best of the rest competition with only Alonso attempting the odd upset. Ferrari are 3rd quickest (they did try and bring a cheeky new wing design that was turned down by the FIA), Mercedes seem to have overtaken Renault who have lost their way a little. Schumacher also out-raced Nico Rosberg (although he had DRS issues) which will be some tonic.
At the back of the grid HRT are now evenly matched with Virgin which is a major dissapointment for the all-digital squad (although that moniker is in doubt after rumours that the car last year saw a wind tunnel and this year they could well be heading the same way). Team Lotus however continue their march towards the mid-field with another impressive displaying with Kovalainen getting into Q2 and the team have still yet to extract maximum performance from their new upgrade.
ROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS The Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; 66 laps; 307.104km; Weather: Sunny. Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h39:03.301 2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 0.630 3. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 35.697 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 47.966 5. Alonso Ferrari + 1 lap 6. Schumacher Mercedes + 1 lap 7. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap 8. Heidfeld Renault + 1 lap 9. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap 10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap 11. Petrov Renault + 1 lap 12. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 15. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap 16. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 2 laps 17. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 2 laps 18. Trulli Lotus-Renault + 2 laps 19. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps 20. D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps 21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 4 laps Fastest lap: Alonso, 1:26.727 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Massa Ferrari 60 Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 49 Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 29 World Championship standings, round 5: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 118 1. Red Bull-Renault 185 2. Hamilton 77 2. McLaren-Mercedes 138 3. Webber 67 3. Ferrari 75 4. Button 61 4. Renault 46 5. Alonso 51 5. Mercedes 40 6. Rosberg 26 6. Sauber-Ferrari 11 7. Heidfeld 25 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6 8. Massa 24 8. Force India-Mercedes 4 9. Petrov 21 10. Schumacher 14 11. Kobayashi 9 12. Buemi 6 13. Sutil 2 14. Di Resta 2 15. Perez 2 All timing unofficial