That’s right, it’s another one two for Mercedes, as they continue their dominance. Lewis Hamilton took his fourth straight win today in Spain, his first ever win at this track. The two Mercedes drivers were very closely contested, with Lewis winning by just 0.6 seconds after Nico was hunting him down during the final stint, on the option tyres which gave him an advantage over Lewis, who was on the primes. With maybe another one or two laps, Nico would have probably passed Lewis, who now leads him in the championship by just 3 points. Fifty seconds behind them came the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, behind the two Mercedes, was the best of the rest. Although he is way off challenging the Mercedes, he has been incredibly impressive this season, moving up from Toro Rosso, he has immediately challenged, and consistently been quicker than Sebastian Vettel. Speaking of Vettel, he also drove incredibly today, starting from fifteenth on the grid and making his way up to fourth place, a great drive from him. Then came the williams of Valteri Bottas, who produced a great drive for Williams. Unfortunately, Fernando Alonso was not able to produce the goods in his home Grand Prix, finishing 6th, just in front of his Ferrari Team-mate Kimi Raikonnen. Grosean, Perez and Hulkenburg round out today’s point scoring places.
Full Race Result:
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With the start of the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix just 50 Minutes away, here is one of the main stories from the Weekend.
Fernando Alonso has said that the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could win every race this season between them, he says that the championship will probably be decided by who finishes the most races between them. This has never been done before, the closest anyone ever came was in 1988, when between them Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won fifteen of the sixteen races that season.
There will not be another post until later but I will be Tweeting and Instagramming live both @kegsmathsrock under #SpanishGP
Just a short post now,
My prediction for the podium this afternoon in the Spanish Grand Prix is:
1st: Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2nd: Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
3rd: Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
Although Fernando is only starting 7th on the grid, I think that he will make his way up the order as he is a great starter and he always manages to pull something special out of the bag at his home Grand Prix.
This year’s Spanish Grand Prix started with a bang as just five minutes into qualifying, Pastor Maldonado lost control of his lotus, fighting the wheel and ending up hitting the barrier and severely damaging the nose and front right suspension of his car, he will start from the back of the grid tomorrow. Another driver who will be disappointed with their performance is Sebastian Vettel, who only managed to qualify tenth, but will start from fifteenth, as he has a grid penalty for having to change is gearbox, after losing drive in the pit lane, as well as having a disappointing Friday, completing just four laps before breaking down
While Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikonnen both struggled with their Ferraris is Q2, The Mercedes were still dominating, with Nico Rosberg having the edge over Lewis Hamilton in both Q1 and Q2. The top ten shoot-out Began with drama is Sebastian Vettel lost drive on his first run, meaning he could not set a lap time. With five minutes to go, Nico Rosberg Set the initial benchmark at 1:26.561 before his team-mate Lewis Hamilton beat that with a 1:26.288. Despite his best efforts, Alonso could only go third, 1.275 seconds slower than Hamilton. Alonso was followed by the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, who then went third with a 1:26.602. As the chequered flag fell, Nico Rosberg went fastest with a 1:25.400, before Lewis Hamilton came round and beat his time by 0.168 seconds, with a 1:25.232. Valteri Bottas finished an impressive fourth in his williams, while Daniel Ricciardo held onto third. Romain Grosean finished sixth, followed by the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikonnen and Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenburg will round off the top ten on the grid.
Full Qualifying Results:
I have not been posting very much recently, but I have decided to pick this up again and make sure I do lots of posts. From now on there will be a weekly post, most likely on something musical, a post every Saturday and Sunday of a Formula 1 race weekend and finally a monthly album review, starting this Sunday with Stadium Arcadium by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Finally, if you are particularly interested in Formula 1 or other motor sports, I would thoroughly recommend reading the pit stop blog, it is written by a young, aspiring Formula 1 engineer and is overall a great blog.
I have never thought of adding an F1 section to my blog, but I thought a sports page would be fun to do.
The F1 section will soon be accessible from the menu at the top of the page. and will really start in one week’s time for the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix.
That’s it for now.
Sorry I haven’t posted for ages, I don’t really have an excuse for it.
Anyway, I went to see Brian May and Kerry Ellis at the Cliffs Pavilion Theatre almost a month ago now and all I can really say is it was awesome. So, yeah…