Grand Prix of Spain – Race

It was a big Qualifying session for HAM because he claimed his 100th F1 pole, which is a huge milestone. To put it in context, Michael Schumacher has the second most poles (68) followed by Ayrton Senna (65) – in fact, only five constructor teams have recorded 100 poles!

Also celebrating a century is VER – it’s his 100th race for Red Bull today.

Provisional grid: HAM, VER, BOT, LEC, OCO, SAI, RIC, PER, NOR, ALO, STR, GAS, VET, GIO, RUS, TSU, RAI, SCH, LAT, MAZ

Following Quali, MAZ was given a three-place grid drop and one penalty point on his licence for impeding NOR in Q1. [formula1]
Given MAZ qualified P20, the 3-place penalty is irrelevant (it doesn’t carry over) but he now has 2 points on his licence – hit 12 points within any 12-month period and you get an automatic one-race ban
Unfortunately NOR doesn’t get any benefit from the penalty – he still starts P9 instead of where he could have been (P4?) and he had to use another set of tyres

The sky is a bit grey and overcast; it’s cooler than it was in Quali
Radio from NOR as he leaves the pits reporting a few spots of rain
Ferrari mechanics have got heat guns pointed at their front brakes/hubs – not seeing that on any other car on the grid
The wind’s picking up; it’s a tailwind into Turn 1 so that could make for some incidents at the start
Air temperature 21°C; track 32°C; 20% chance of rain
RAI is starting on medium compound tyres; the other 19 cars are all on softs

HAM leads everyone away on the formation lap
Before setting off, HAM commented on how much more rubber there is on the other side of the track so that could help VER at the start

01/66: VER got a good start; elbows his way past HAM into Turn 1
LEC past BOT
GIO inside RAI for P14
but RAI reclaims it

02: VER, HAM, LEC, BOT, RIC, PER, OCO, SAI, NOR, ALO, STR, VET, GAS, RAI, GIO, SCH, RUS, TSU, LAT, MAZ
VER opening a gap already

03: VER fastest lap 1:23.561
VER’s lead already 1.7sec

04: Incident involving GAS under investigation – out of position at the start

05/66: VER, HAM, LEC, BOT, RIC, PER, OCO, SAI, NOR, ALO, STR, VET, GAS, RAI, GIO, SCH, TSU, RUS, LAT, MAZ
HAM f/lap 1:22.938

06: PER closing on RIC
RUS trying to find a way past SCH
Radio from LAT, “I’m just sliding around everywhere”

08: TSU has parked on the outside of Turn 10; he reports “engine stopped”
Safety Car deployed

09[SC]: GIO pits, but Alfa Romeo mechanics have the wrong tyres – no, it looks like the new front left is already punctured
Tidy double-stop for Williams

10[SC]: SC in at the end of this lap

11: GAS given 5sec penalty for being out of position at the start

13: DRS now enabled again

15/66: VER, HAM, LEC, BOT, RIC, PER, OCO, SAI, NOR, STR, ALO, VET, GAS*, RAI, RUS, SCH, LAT, MAZ, GIO; out: TSU
(*remember GAS has 5sec penalty to serve when he pits)
LAT takes P16 from SCH

16: Radio for SAI, “Plan C”

19: HAM still not quite close enough to get DRS
GAS pits; serves 5sec penalty; mediums go on
Radio from HAM asking for a front wing adjustment when he pits; rejoins P19

20/66: VER, HAM, LEC, BOT, RIC, PER, OCO, SAI, NOR, STR

22: ALO and VET pit

23: ALO easily past MAZ
SAI and STR pit
VET past GAS

24: BOT pits from P4; mediums go on; rejoins P6
OCO and NOR pit too
HAM now well inside DRS range

25/66: VER pits from P1; rear left was a bit slow; rejoins P5, behind his teammate
PER moves out the way to let VER take P4

26: RIC pits
BOT f/lap 1:21.993
Radio of Toto Wolff asking race director for blue flags as HAM is stuck behind MAZ

28: Radio for HAM telling him it’s “unsafe to VER” for them to pit now
Mercedes pit crew getting ready

29: HAM pits; 2.7sec stop – that’s clean; rejoins ~6sec behind VER
LEC pits too from P2; rejoins P4
Radio from ALO reporting “engine misfiring”

30/66: VER, HAM, BOT, LEC, RIC, RAI, PER, SAI, OCO, NOR, STR, GIO, ALO, VET, GAS, RUS, LAT, SCH, MAZ
PER takes P6 from RAI (RAI’s the only one yet to pit, because he started on mediums)
ALO around GIO for P12

31: HAM f/lap 1:21.276
GAS past GIO
Radio for LEC, “We’re going to the end”

32: HAM f/lap 1:21.204

Half distance

34: HAM closing on VER – he’s now inside DRS range

35/66: VER, HAM, BOT, LEC, RIC, PER, SAI, RAI, OCO, NOR, STR, ALO, VET, GAS, RUS, GIO, LAT, SCH, MAZ
OCO takes P8 from RAI

36: VER picks up his pace, opens up his lead again; HAM no longer has DRS

37: NOR takes P9 from RAI

38: HAM gets DRS again as VER closes on SCH to lap the Haas
RAI finally pits; rejoins P17

39: VER and HAM lap RAI
VET pits from P12; rejoins P17

40/66: VER, HAM, BOT, LEC, RIC, PER, SAI, OCO, NOR, STR, ALO, GAS, RUS, LAT, GIO, RAI, VET, SCH, MAZ; out: TSU
STR pits

41: HAM ~0.5sec behind VER
Radio for RIC warning him not to weave on the straight; he’s trying to break the tow as PER closes on him

42: PER gets closes but then washes wide in the dirty air behind RIC
Radio from VER, “It’s insane – they have so much more grip”

43: HAM pits from P2; a new set of mediums; rejoins P3

44: HAM is 23sec behind VER (with BOT in between them)
Radio from HAM asking how much he has to catch up; “22sec – you’ve done it before”

45/66: VER, BOT, HAM, LEC, RIC, PER, SAI, OCO, NOR, ALO, GAS, RUS, LAT, STR, RAI, VET, SCH, GIO, MAZ
HAM f/lap 1:20.775
Radio for VER, “At this rate he’ll catch us on the last lap”

46: HAM f/lap 1:20.728
PER makes a late dive on RIC, cleanly past to steal P5

47: RIC and SAI pit

48: Radio from VER, “I don’t see how I can make it to the end”

49: GAS pits
Radio for BOT telling him to pick up the pace

50/66: VER, BOT, HAM, LEC, PER, OCO
RIC passes teammate NOR for P7

51: SAI passes NOR too
Radio for BOT telling him HAM is 2sec behind, on a different strategy (i.e. let him past)
Black and white flag for NOR – was that for exceeding track limits or moving late to defend from SAI?

52: Radio for BOT, “Don’t hold Lewis up”
HAM tucks up behind BOT
BOT makes HAM overtake rather than letting him through

53: NOR pits
RIC takes P6 from OCO

54: SAI passes OCO too
BOT pits from P3; soft tyres go on; rejoins P4, just behind LEC
GAS takes PP14 from VET

55/66: VER, HAM, LEC, BOT, PER, RIC, SAI, OCO, ALO, RUS, NOR, STR, RAI, GAS, VET, GIO, LAT, SCH, MAZ
HAM f/lap 1:20.665

56: VER closing on OCO (P8) to lap him; OCO lifts and lets VER through
BOT f/lap 1:20.091

57: BOT closing on LEC
HAM now 5sec behind VER
BOT takes P3 from LEC

58: HAM 2.7sec behind VER
PER pits from P5; softs go on; rejoins P5

59: VER lead down to 1.6sec
LEC pits from P4; softs; rejoins still P4

60/66: HAM closes, sweeps past VER into Turn 1; takes P1

61: VER pits; softs; rejoins still P2
BOT is stuck behind STR and ALO fighting over P10
PER f/lap 1:19.483

62: ALO, STR, GAS, RAI all squabbling over P10
STR passes ALO

63: VER f/lqp 1:18.149
ALO pits

64: STR defends P10 from GAS; late move under braking – that could be a penalty for STR
STR and ALO incident under investigation

65/66: HAM, VER, BOT, LEC, PER, RIC, SAI, NOR, OCO, GAS, STR, RAI, VET, RUS, GIO, LAT, ALO, SCH, MAZ

66 = final lap: SAI closing on RIC

HAM takes the chequered flag
VER P2 & fastest lap
BOT P3

Provisional result: HAM, VER*, BOT, LEC, PER, RIC, SAI, NOR, OCO, GAS; STR, RAI, VET, RUS, GIO, LAT, ALO, SCH, MAZ
DNF: TSU
*Fastest lap: VER

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