Although there were a few incidents during the Barcelona F1 race, the event itself was a rather sedate affair. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were never headed, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen placed third whilst holding out Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, and a couple of drivers will be left thankful that wrecked cars don’t come out of their own pocket.
Romain Grosjean is expected to come under investigation after a huge error on lap one resulted in three cars being wiped out of the race at turn three.
Grosjean appeared to lose control during the turn when he looked set to ram into the back of Fernando Alonso.Instead he spun and then slid across the track with his foot buried on the accelerator, causing a cloud of smoke to choke the track.
His slide across the track took out Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly. with a learly upset and crestfallen Grosjean keeping his helmet on as he slumped on some nearby steps before going to the medical center for a check-up.
A visibly annoyed Hulkenberg said:” He didn’t look great in that scenario. Generally he likes spinning, but on the first lap is not a good time to do it with everyone there. He has to look at it and do some work on himself.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo had an uncharacteristic error on the restart, launching his car into the dirt after applying the accelerator too energetically on cold tires. The subsequent spin had Ricciardo race alone for the remainder, with the despondent Australian finishing twenty seconds shy of Vettel and, crucially, even further behind team mate Verstappen. But there was some good to be taken from his drive, with a lap record he set late in the race smashed three more times as he charged his way through the field to finish fifth. The time was a 1:18.441.
Verstappen himself suffered minor damage to his car after a restart had the Red Bull nose into the rear of Lance Stroll’s Williams. However track position and a judgement call had the Dutch born driver stay out and claim third.
Kevin Magnussen was delighted with his sixth place, gaining points for the HAAS team however there were no points for Raikkonen, Esteban Orcon from Force India and McLaren Renault’s Stoffel Vandoorne. Raikkonen was running as high as second before a power delivery failure had Ferrari beach his car.
The Spanish faithful were rewarded with both Carlos Sainz (who has finished ninth or better in all four Spanish Grands Prix he has started) and Fernando Alonso scoring points. The race also marks five years since Alonso has won a Grand Prix however he’s also one of just three drivers to score points in all five races for 2018. The Catalunya round saw another record broken and a new one created, with Hamilton’s 41st win from pole overtaking the 40 of Michael Schumacher.
There’s a two week layover before Formula 1 moves to the iconic Monaco street circuit. This sixth round will be held on over May 24th to 27.