Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2018

2018 Spanish Grand Prix race result

2018 Spanish Grand Prix

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144Lewis HamiltonMercedes
277Valtteri BottasMercedes
333Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer
45Sebastian VettelFerrari
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer
620Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari
755Carlos Sainz JnrRenault
814Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault
911Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes
1016Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari
1118Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes
1228Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda
139Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari
1435Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes

Not classified: Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly, Nico Hulkenberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Esteban Ocon, Stoffel Vandoorne

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36 comments on “2018 Spanish Grand Prix race result”

  1. Crashjean strikes back.

    1. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      13th May 2018, 16:01


      1. Grosjeoffandonagain

  2. Ferrari will never win a championship with these kind of strategies

    1. Ferrari will never win a championship as long as Pirelli continue to favour Mercedes.

      1. Not everyone is after Ferrari. A team that gets 70 millions more than others just for staying in F1

        1. Not really fair, but the amount of money they bring to F1 is a lot more than 70mil. Trust me, if there’s no Ferrari in F1, at least 25% of viewers/spectators are gone for good in the next second. Plus, F1 is more like a manufacturers playground these days, do you really think Williams, Sauber, FI etc will have a real chance against Mercedes, Ferrari as long as their engines are supplied by these manufacturers even tho these 70mil are taken from Ferrari and shared between backmarkers?! It will make their life as a team in F1 a lot easier, no doubt, but they still won’t be a real threat to manufacturers.

    2. Was that the strategy for Perez to come trundling down the pitlane forcing them to hold their car long enough to end up behind one Red Bull?

      They lost 3 points max today by trying something different, it was worth the shot.

      1. The difference between P2 and P4 is 6 points. Also you need to factor in the difference in points gained by Hamilton compared to Vettel (i.e. 13 points compared to just 7 if Vettel has stayed in P2).

        1. He was never realistically ever going to get P2 anyway, so that’s irrelevant.
          The best he could do on the same strategy as Merc was 3rd, but being on a different strategy was worth a try. 3 points lost, that’s all.

      2. Watch the replay. Perez didn’t delay Vettel at all, the rear jack man still had the car lifted as Perez slotted into his pit. It was just a poor stop by Ferrari that cost Vettel third.

  3. Pirelli is a disgrace. First the 1000 km secret test in 2013 and now these special tyres at the request of Mercedes. They are trying everything possible to help Mercedes win, it’s embarrassing.

    1. its more embarrassing to repeat fake news.

      1. Fake news, and I guess that Mercedes coincidentally gaining 1 second/lap on these new tyres is also just fake news.

    2. @kingshark Considering this is a sport where people used to complain about the Ferrari International Assistance I don’t think that’s a good explanation

      1. @davidnotcoulthard
        Ferrari International Assistance is a thing of the past. Ferrari have their mirrors banned for Monaco when they were legal before the race. Mercedes is the team with the most power and influence over the FIA and Pirelli now.

        1. @kingshark Had Vettel controlled his car better at Baku or Ferrari not thrown away second this race, I doubt you’d be complaining quite so much. Fact is Ferrari are losing, again, mostly from their own decisions and errors. Or are Mercedes responsible for Raikkonen’s DNF too?

          More likely is that advantage will swing back and forth during the season, as it did often last year. The team that maximizes its chances will win both championships.

        2. @david-br
          If Hamilton was not so useless and slow around China he would be leading the WDC by a bigger margin, neither drivers have been perfect.

          I am complaining because Hamilton has been gifted 3 easy race wins thanks to Pirelli’s special tyres.

          1. But he’s only won 2 races this season @babyshark

          2. Spain, France and Britain. Learn how to think.

          3. Right…

            Cos he has only won there more than anyone….


            If you can’t see a car issue in China then my goodness it’s a long year

          4. “Learn to think” @kingshark

            How on earth has Hamilton won in Spain, France and Britain when 2/3 of those races haven’t even took place yet ?

            could you be over reacting because you’re in a bad mood because today’s result didn’t go your way ?

    3. Why would an Italian manufacturer help Mercedes? Do you think…. wait a minute!!! Toto bought half of Pirelli. He owns them!

    4. @kingshark As Toto Wolff said on RTL.de: “Paranoia is always important in F1. Sure, we also organised the resurfacing which seems to suit us, and we probably also controlled the weather being clear and nicely cool, as our car likes” only to continue with ‘Monaco will likely be again quite different, like last few years’. I don’t say that Mercedes didn’t gain from the change relative to Ferrari (who really had trouble getting the tyres right this weekend), but I’d say it is not all a grand conspiracy, and just a bit luck of the draw, which will fall out differently next races.

      I sure hope Ferrari are back to being strong next time around, including not doing a 2nd pitstop when most everyone doesn’t need it (Vettel did imply he thought they couldn’t do the 1-stopper, given his early stop and their tyre-related issues this weekend, but, he has been the main instigator of your “it’s all a tyre conspiracy”, so maybe we can’t completely trust him to be unbiased …).

      1. Anyway, a thought for Williams, who indeed suffered a lot from their US-exclusive tyre choice, especially with Sirotkin.

      2. @bosyber
        Why on earth would anyone care about what Toto Wolff has to say. That guy has only just recovered from the incredibly close championship between Mercedes and Ferrari in 2015.

        There is no paranoia about pointing out the obvious fact that Mercedes gained 1 second/lap on Ferrari on these tyres.

        1. Alex McFarlane
          13th May 2018, 17:23

          Or maybe Ferrari bought a change to Spain that simply didn’t work.

          I doubt a 0.4mm change in tread depth would have hobbled Ferrari that badly.

          1. And yet that 0.4mm change gave Mercedes a full second more … but you fail to believe a departure from the standard tyres could have a negative effect on Ferrari.

            Not a biased view at all …

      3. On the last 2 days of pre-season testing Mercedes and Red Bull suddenly developed tyre blisters … once they realised Ferrari were faster than them on that rubber and the new surface.
        Sebastian Vettel pointed it out when it happened, & spoke about the extreme camber both teams suddenly started running, & how their drivers were deliberately behaving in a way that would generate the blisters.

        Fast forward to May, & suddenly Pirelli bring new tyres … and the podium is filled by Merc & Red Bull.

        Toto can call it Paranoia all he wants, but to those who saw it coming, it borders on cheating.

        1. all teams brought new updates!

          i doubt pirelli made changes to suit merc and red bull, but rather make them more durable! which ferrari seemed to master being easy and fast on tyres this season… a lot of things effect tyre performance, and specially mercs like cool temps… but they didnt have the balance until now? ferrari seemed to have found it and merc track like baku until all the mess happened suit ferrari more… merc struggled more on tyres… if a car is good on tyres, it is not specifically compound issue but how to warm them up and keep at temp… which merc couldnt do for a while… that doesnt bloody mean new tyres suddenly suited them!

          in aus, everyone attributed merc pole to engine, now to tyres… whats next? unobtanium mix they use in their fuel system?

  4. OK, check the replay frame by frame of when Verstappen clipped Stroll. Just as it happens, the flashing light indicating flag status is still yellow as he hits him. After the hit as the cars are moving away from each other, the next flash of the light is green. I tried to spy any real flags in the vicinity from Verstappen’s onboard view but can’t see any in picture. I’ve no idea why Stroll was going so slow under VSC, but it seems from the frame by frame that Verstappen actually jumped the restart instead of simply reacting more quickly than Stroll.

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