Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

Top ten pictures from the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

McLaren

McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

McLaren’s revised livery for the Spanish Grand Prix was darker in colour but lighter in weight – a small contribution to the substantial increase in performance the team is seeking with its Honda power unit.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

Fernando Alonso’s fans turned out in force as usual – but their man was the first to retire on Sunday.

Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Mad Max promotional shoot, 2015

Lotus produced a Mad Max-style Formula One car to promote the new film…

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

…and the real thing looked like something from the film set after Romain Grosjean’s engine cover shattered during practice.

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

It was a trying weekend for Force India, who had only the Manors behind them after qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

Kimi Raikkonen tested Ferrari’s new aerodynamic upgrade – distinguished by the curved sidepods and narrower air intake – but didn’t run it in the race so the team could compare the old configuration with the new parts which Sebastian Vettel continued to use on the other car.

Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

The Toro Rosso crew celebrated the team’s best qualifying performance for seven years after Carlos Sainz Jnr and Max Verstappen locked out the third row of the grid.

Start

Start, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

While Nico Rosberg motored off into a lead he never looked like losing, team mate Lewis Hamilton slipped back to third and out of contention for victory.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

Red Bull were out-qualified by the two Toro Rossos but Daniel Ricciardo beat them home, thanks in part to this pass on Sainz.

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

Rosberg won as he pleased, taking his first victory of 2015, and drawing within range of Hamilton in the points standings.

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9 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix”

  1. Didn’t lotus have a problem with engine covers flying off before? I think at Abu Dhabi if memory serves correct.
    They need to sort this out because I wouldn’t want to be slipstreaming one of those things when it goes.

    1. That was Williams.

    2. ColdFly F1 (@)
      12th May 2015, 16:25

      @john-h, cannot shed the idea that losing the body panel was part of the Mad Max promotion.

      What’s next? Losing a diamond around the Monaco circuit?

      1. In 2004, Jaguar actually lost a diamond in Monaco. It was on their nose and Klien crashed the car in the race. The diamond wasn’t found.

        1. Jake Moon (@andwhatisdeletrazdoing)
          12th May 2015, 16:54

          (That’s the joke)

  2. Can anyone imagine a scarier thing to see in your rear-view mirror?
    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/lotus-mad-max-1.jpg

    He looks so natural there! I honestly think there’s a good career to be made as a super-villain once his F1 career is over.

    1. I have to admit I wasn’t planing on watching this movie but all this publicity with Lotus made me watch the trailer and now I will definitely be checking it out. The studio really got their money’s worth thanks to Maldonado!

  3. How much lighter is the McLaren paint?
    And how much does a beard weigh?

  4. That one with pastor in a beat up looking lotus with the Mad Max logo is a gem!

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