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Posted By: Editor   |  14 May 2017   |  3:55 pm GMT  |  616 comments

Lewis Hamilton took victory from pole position in a Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix which delivered many great moments, as Sebastian Vettel had control of the race at several points but ultimately lost out.

Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the podium after a lonely race over 70 seconds behind the winner. His result was a consequence of retirements for Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen, which also opened the possibility for Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon to get strong results and for Sauber to score 4 points for 8th place.

Vettel wins the start
When Vettel leapt to the front with a great start off the line against polesitter Hamilton who suffered wheelspin, it seemed like this would be a simple Ferrari victory but this was a race filled with incidents, accidents and won ultimately through Mercedes’ strategy.

Hamilton was just 3.4 seconds ahead of a chasing Vettel as he crossed the finish line and Ricciardo, fourth for much of the race, benefited from a late engine failure for Valtteri Bottas for the remaining podium spot. Hamilton called it the “rawest fight I can remember.”

Calamity through Turn 1 led to the retirements of Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen, who tangled as Raikkonen tried to avoid Valtteri Bottas’ left-front tyre as they went three-wide in the first lap. Raikkonen suffered a mangled tyre and Verstappen’s suspension was severely damaged as he nursed the Red Bull back to the pits.

“I got hit on the right rear corner and my car bounced, it jumped a little bit and you cannot control it after that. Then we came together with Max,” said Raikkonen.

Ferrari blinks first in Strategy chess game
Vettel led until lap 15, when he pitted for a set of soft tyres. Mercedes had discussed a stop with Hamilton, who was told to push on Lap 12 as if planning to 3 stop. That may well have been the start of the strategic downfall for Ferrari as now Mercedes took the opportunity to change plan and run its cars long. This brought Bottas into Vettel’s path and he would hold the German up, costing him four seconds.

Hamilton, who pitted on lap 21 for mediums, could push the tyres and get the most out of the compounds. Bottas briefly led on fast fading tyres; a frustrated Vettel was left in the wake of the Finn which slowed him down and let Hamilton close the gap, despite being on slower mediums.

Bottas then pitted for mediums as Hamilton was told to keep the gap manageable between him and the now leading Ferrari of Vettel.

Virtual Safety Car
A potentially game-changing moment arrived at the midway point, as a Virtual Safety Car was triggered by Felipe Massa’s lunge through Turn 1 against Stoffel Vandoorne, resigning the McLaren to a retirement and slowing the whole field down.

Several cars pitted including Pascal Wehrlein, who had been kept out by Sauber for half the race on soft tyres. This set him up for his result. As the VSC ended, both Mercedes went in, first Bottas, then Hamilton, for soft tyres to end the race while Vettel continued under the VSC. Significantly, Vettel couldn’t use the advantage his faster tyres would normally have to extend the lone Ferrari’s lead and Mercedes took full advantage of this.

Vettel had to pit and pick the slower medium tyres to finish the race on, and he exited the pit lane alongside Hamilton, who now had to get past the Ferrari and pull away.

Vettel robustly defended and the pair almost made contact, Hamilton went off the track, but Vettel held position.

On softer tyres, Hamilton needed to use the performance advantage to pass. Five laps later into the same corner, Turn 1, Hamilton made the move with the help of DRS and the more powerful Mercedes engine, and managed to keep his tyres alive to hold the gap behind to Vettel healthy enough for a victory.

Though the tyres began to drop off with six of the 66 laps remaining, Vettel couldn’t work his way through traffic, outbraking himself on the sharp left-hand Turn 10 while trying to overtake backmarker Massa, in a mirror image to the Russian GP.

“Why does it have to be Massa all the time?” asked a frustrated Vettel as under a blue flag, the Williams gave Hamilton an extra second of comfort.

Fernando Alonso’s seventh-place start became arbitrary on the opening lap as Massa’s punctured Williams sent him careering through the gravel in avoidance and down to 11th, while Massa went to the rear post tyre-change.

Alonso tried his best to recover but the soon-to-be IndyCar driver settled for 15th place.

Even with one extra pitstop and two collisions, Massa managed to overtake a struggling Lance Stroll late on, though Williams’ woes were summed up as Stroll finished 16th. At one point, he was overtaken by Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, whose car is powered by a 2016 Ferrari engine as Stroll’s learning curve looks to become even steeper.

Red Bull faced as big a deficit to the leaders as ever though with a stroke of luck Ricciardo landed on the podium. However, Force India actually managed to close the gap to them, as both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finished fourth and fifth, respectively, having matched the pace of the sole Red Bull at times.

The home fans did have something to cheer as Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr finished seventh in a very competitive midfield battle. He fought with Kevin Magnussen of Haas for most of the race. Magnussen ended up in 14th as late contact with Daniil Kvyat gave the Haas driver a puncture.

Pascal Wehrlein earned a stunning eighth-place finish as Sauber put him on a cunning one-stop strategy, with mediums until the end of the race. Rounding out the points-finishers were Kvyat and Haas’ Romain Grosjean.

Have your say in the comments section below or on JA on F1’s Facebook Page.


Results, Spanish Grand Prix, 66 Laps:






Lewis Hamilton




Sebastian Vettel




Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull



Sergio Perez

Force India

1 Lap


Esteban Ocon

Force India

1 Lap


Nico Hulkenberg


1 Lap


Pascal Wehrlein


1 Lap


Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

1 Lap


Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

1 Lap


Romain Grosjean


1 Lap


Marcus Ericsson


2 Laps


Fernando Alonso


2 Laps


Felipe Massa


2 Laps


Kevin Magnussen


2 Laps


Jolyon Palmer


2 Laps


Lance Stroll


2 Laps

Valtteri Bottas


Power Unit

Stoffel Vandoorne



Max Verstappen

Red Bull


Kimi Raikkonen



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The author is still living in 2016 when he talks about tires. They are not designed to lose performance now.

As for the VSC, I’ve been saying it for awhile now, that drivers shouldn’t be allowed to pit under the VSC, or they can but they get a 5 sec penalty, etc.


Really good race. Full credit to Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. Like in Australia, I think the winning team won this race rather than the runner-up losing it. I think Ferrari were reluctant to use the VSC to pit because they didn’t want to run too long on the mediums. But in the end they had to or else they’d lose the lead as Mercedes rolled the dice by switching to the softs early on the VSC and made up a huge gap. Hamilton then did the rest. Vettel fought back well from a tricky weekend but at the end he genuinely looked a bit helpless and frustrated. I think he felt he’d done everything but had still lost.

It would have been interesting to see what would have happened without the VSC. A layman’s perspective sees Hamilton have around 22-25 laps on the softs to reel in Vettel (around 4-5secs plus overtake, assuming Lewis pitted first) on the mediums. It could have been even more of a nailbiter in the closing laps; shades of their battle on this track in 2011 except they may have gone wheel-to-wheel too.

Further down the field, Red Bull well off the pace but Ricciardo’s luck turned with a podium. Force India continue metronomic consistency. Credit to Pascal Wehrlein and Daniil Kvyat for some great drives from the back of the grid. With Marcus Ericsson 11th, Sauber genuinely had a great weekend; maybe the car-plus-Ferrari-2016-engine is not bad? Or maybe it was all down to the magic of strategist Ruth Buscumbe, executed to the maximum by Wehrlein?

Thread the Needle

Fantastic race, Hamilton vs Vettel, Mercedes vs Ferrari, flat out racing, that’s what we want


Thread the needle, bang on!


Why is this described this way? “Calamity through Turn 1 led to the retirements of Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen, who tangled as Raikkonen tried to avoid Valtteri Bottas’ left-front tyre as they went three-wide in the first lap.”
When as matter of fact and also as shown during the race in slow-mo re-play, that this is not how the real chain of events took place that resulted in Raikkonen and Verstappen unfortunately ending their race on lap 1. What happened first was that Bottas with his front left drove into Raikkonen’s rear right. Jinking Raikkonen around in the process, so his trajectory suddenly was into Verstappen, who then tangled together and the race was over for both of them. While Bottas appeared unharmed carried on racing. Judgement was it was a ‘racing incident’, so does not really matter if one consider if 3 racers could have gone through that curve side by side or not. But all in all, it was clearly not a bad outcome for Mercedes and Hamilton.


Its really, really sad that F1 has to take a race where cars can’t pass and claim that– because there was one actual pass — that it was a “wheel-to-wheel” thriller.

One pass, when one car had soft tires on and another car had just exited the pits on harder, medium tires does not make a “wheel-to-wheel” thriller.

F1 has been worrying about the wrong things. The sound of the engines, how aggressive the cars look in a PR photo. And what they’ve done by focusing on the wrong things is to create boring races where cars can’t follow closely and can’t pass unless they have a huge advantage. Then they count on the PR machine to falsely describe the race as a “wheel-to-wheel” thriller.

I’m old enough to remember when top drivers used to indeed battle wheel-to-wheel over several laps. Exciting battles where a car might pass, but the other car comes back at them and the battle is indeed exciting for several laps.

Monaco is almost certain to be an extremely boring race that’s decided during qualifying. You’ll know who will win the race by the end of qualifying, simply because no one will be able to pass.

Thank god Indy is coming up that same weekend. Got to be much better racing than anything F1 can produce this entire season. And sadly, its probably a year or two before F1 can even manage to fix the problem. Until then its all PR substituting for actual racing.


Some very good points there. I too thought that apart from two passes that was about it. Still not good enough and all the media hype about ‘thriller race’ is just that…hype.


Hamilton was fortunate, he gained net nearly 10s on Vettel due to the VSC. Would he have managed to gain that on the track, and still had life in his tyres to the end? Not entirely sure….

Here’s the laps around the VSC to back up the gain Hamilton had:-
Lap 33 1.25.5 1.25.6
Lap 34 1.34.3 1.33.4 (first lap slowed by VSC?
Lap 35 1.59.9 2.00.7
Lap 36 2.00.7 2.01.2(p)
Lap 37 1.33.5(p) 1.41.4 (VSC cancelled early on this lap?) (Ham 7.9s slower)
Lap 38 1.43.3 1.25.8 (Ham 17.5s faster)


He didn’t get 10s just from the VSC. Lewis’ out lap on Lap 37 was super quick too. His sectors 2 & 3 were the fastest in the race, and if added to his best sector 1 time, would be a lap of 1:21.871! Remember that that was a mid-race lap, with just under a half tank of fuel. Contrast that to the actual fastest race lap, which was a 1:23.593 (so 1.722s slower) set on lap 64.

The VSC ended as soon as Lewis hit the Pit Entry line, so he didn’t get the full advantage of a VSC stop. It was just his entrance to the pit entry line where he gained.

No doubt the VSC helped, but he also did a super lap out of the gate, which no doubt took a lot out of the tire.


Interesting info, cheers.

keitetty koira

Is there really no limit to Mr. Hamilton’s megalomania? In The Sun, he compares himself to Fangio, Picasso, Senna…

And moreover, he sure didn’t achieve the Barcelona win “on his own”, he was gifted the win.

“On my ideal imaginary podium, it would be Juan Manuel Fangio and Senna. Then it will be me.

“But I want to achieve it on my own. You teach yourself. I don’t believe Picasso went to other painters asking for advice, right?


Hey there kk – do I detect the mask of professional analyst slipping ?

keitetty koira

No mask slipping, just annoyed over the gap between my analysis and reality in Barcelona.


My reference to professionalism referred to quoting the Sun Newspaper. I’m not sure whether you are aware of the standard of journalism practiced by that particular paper (not being from the UK) but it would be unwise to base anything important on it. They have in the past been prosecuted for publishing an ‘interview’ which didn’t actually occur. As in just made the whole thing up!


Kk, and so having made up a load of nonsense about Lewis failing to get to grips with the new cars prior to the race where he proved that to be nonsense, you have now resorted to wildly exaggerating some innocuous things Lewis said in an interview after the race?


It is a little bit sad to see such immense talent not deliver full potential consistently. Atleast F1 has Verstappen.


Interesting, but not an exciting race.
Seb lost because his overtake as well as defensive skills today where not top notch. He lost too much time overtaking Bottas and made it too easy for Lewis to overtake him.
Max should have resisted the temptation to go 3-deep in corner nr 1. With the current RB13 he still would have finished 5th. No way he could have defended all race long against Kimi and Bottas. Such a high-risc move is only profitable if you have a chance to win the race.
During the race i thought that the sms tire strategy was more flexible than the ssm strategy, but maybe it doesnt matter?


A fantastic race at the front only spoiled by DRS making it far too easy for Lewis. Please get rid of this abomination, rather than the “oh I’ll wait to overtake at the next DRS zone attitude” which will sort out the true racers from the rest.


Interesting that you pick out Lewis’ DRS pass and Not Vettels……


As the VSC ended, both Mercedes went in…

This isn’t correct. Hamilton at least pitted while it was still deployed. This meant he was unaffected by not being able to go flat out down the straight. He couldn’t anyway, because the VSC was deployed so better to take the opportunity to pit.

Vettel meanwhile was committed to doing that straight under VSC, thus losing time that would have been better used changing tyres.


Five laps later into the same corner, Turn 1, Hamilton made the move with the help of DRS and the more powerful Mercedes engine…..

Bit unfair!
It was the superb exit off the earlier corner that set up the pass. Credit where it’s due, and please don’t attribute it to the Mercedes engine which isn’t that much more powerful than the Ferrari


Well I thought that was thrilling. I can’t remember the last time there was a proper full on overtake for the lead of the race, let alone two.

Looking forward to the strategy review, I am pretty sure Ferrari threw it away by blinking first but Lewis was mighty on those mediums in the middle stint. I don’t think the losing time in the VSC cost Vettel, Hamilton would have reeled him in pretty quickly whatever his lead was. Ferrari still showing weakness when it comes to strategy, that is potentially 5/5 Vettel could have won had things gone slightly differently.

The most telling thing for me though was, although we never got to see what Raikkonen could do, Hamtilton and Vettel were in a league of their own. Hamilton sounded and looked knackered at the end of the race, that’s the way it should be.

Very interesting how Merc were so much faster in the last sector, in particular the last chicane, bodes well for them for Monaco IMO.

I’m just pleased Ferrari have managed to live with Mercedes supposed game changing upgrade.


I think Mercs “Game changing upgrade” is exactly that! The Merc upgrade seems it wasn’t about pure pace and performance… more about Helping with tyre wear and helping in traffic. That was their Achilles heel and if they’ve solved it (And its just one race so not definitive) it is indeed a game changer.


I agree that it’s only one race but we didn’t see anything different at the weekend from the rest of the year. That being that the Merc and Ferrari are very close on pace? With slight variance in conditions and driver skill being the separating factors.


This was a real team victory by Mercedes and the team must have enjoyed this one more than most other victories. All parts of the team including the strategists, pit crew, and the driver had to be on top of their game and execute flawlessly to pull it off against a Ferrari team that was pushing them about as hard as I’ve seen in recent years. I’ll bet that Cava tasted sweet.


If you looked at the actual instructions, it said that a driver only needed to take the bollard route if they hit either of the speed bumps. Lewis didn’t, so no need to go that route. Plus he was pushed wide because of Vettel.

Lewis did run over one of the speed bumps, in my humble view, and then ignored the directive. Vettel’s involvement does not absolve his obligation.


Just watch the footage – they show enough views , both in car and overhead. It’s very clear, Ham did not run over the speed humps.


Like you i was of the opinion that brundle’s comments confirmed that Hamilton exceeded the track limits and drove over the speed bumps/humps. The HLG vehemently deny this and i am not too certain as i could well have misheard. James, could you possibly arbitrate on this as i’m sure that your able to get a definitive ruling from your inside contacts?


Hamilton recovered to the track just before the speed bumps and so was not obliged to go around the penalty bollard far to the left.

That’s a direct quote from Brundle’s race analysis on Sky. Happy now ?


@ C63…that was made post race. My response was to what was said during the race…no? As well i qualified my understanding but you have to get all righteous.


C63, I doubt it….


Kenneth/Mick. The replays are all available, it is clear that Lewis did not pass over the speed bump in question. It is not clear from the Steward’s notes (available on the FIA site) if a driver would be penalised for only partially clipping the bump, or if he has to go over it completely to be obliged to re enter via the left side of the bollard, but either way Lewis didn’t touch them.


Ferrari threw this race away when they did not stop under the VSC. He lost a comfortable lead, and allowed Hamilton past while his tyres were still new.

Vettel had that race in the bag, and was looking much better than Hamilton who, as usual, resorted to his trademark whining when things weren’t going his way.


Fantastic drives by Wehrlein and Kvyat, Wehrlein’s drive was superb.


Just pointing out the obvious error – you have said that “Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon finished fifth and sixth, respectively”, but of course that should read fourth and fifth. Good job Force India.


I’ve read a number of comments deriding Ferrari’s strategy but to me this suggests a misunderstanding of the race. In my view, Mercedes’ win was down to their clever strategic choices in light of favourable race circumstances/events (i.e. no competition from behind and the VSC) as opposed to poor ones from Ferrari. I’m sure James Allen will go into (correct!) detail on this on Tuesday but below is my interpretation:

Firstly, Ferrari executed the theoretical fastest strategy: Soft/Soft/Medium was the optimal strategy and certainly faster than Soft/Medium/Soft since track improvement means it is better to save the slower tyre for the final stint. However, that assumes a clear race with no nasty surprises.

However, Vettel’s race was twice compromised during his second ‘fast’ stint – when he needed to be extending the gap to Hamilton: 1. Mercedes using Bottas to back Vettel into Hamilton and, 2. The VSC.

The expectation of the race (after the first stints had played out) was that Vettel was going to build around, say a 14-15 second gap to Hamilton on his Soft stint while Hamilton was on Mediums. He then would use this buffer to try and hold off Hamilton when he was charging on his Softs at the end. Who would win, who knows, but the point is Ferrari would have expected to be in a much stronger position than they were.

But Vettel lost 4 seconds stuck behind Bottas and around 8 seconds with the VSC. The VSC also forced an early round of pitstops. Without that Vettel would have had even more laps on Softs to extend his lead.

It’s important to realise that the reason Mercedes could play the strategic card of using Bottas to hold Vettel (and to a lesser extent to use Mediums for stint 2) is because Mercedes and Ferrari were in a race of their own. Hamilton and Vettel were miles out front and Bottas had no threat from behind. In a closer race with the rest of the pack and if Raikkonen had still been around, it’s unlikely Mercedes could have afforded to sacrifice Bottas to hold Vettel up by 4-5 seconds in two laps! Such a tactic would likely have risked 3rd place if Raikkonen hadn’t retired.

What really did for Ferrari was the VSC. Mercedes did play a blinder there and it turned out the Softs had plenty of life still in them. But Ferrari were in some ways done for. If they had pitted first under the VSC, Hamilton would have gained track position and there’s a chance he may have tried to go to the end on his Mediums. Ferrari likely didn’t expect Mercedes to pit for Softs with 32 laps to go. Note that all those that pitted (I think) did so for Mediums. The fact Mercedes left their stop to the last minute also outsmarted Ferrari. But VSC was a handicap for Vettel as it prevented him from continuing to build his lead.

Finally, this was also a race where the driver played a huge part and the performances of Hamilton and Vettel should also be praised. It was clear how every lap mattered, as evidenced by Hamilton being physically drained through pushing lap after lap, and by the impatience of Vettel’s fantastic dummy overtake on Bottas, fully aware of its importance. Top stuff.

The Grape Unwashed

Stonking race, Hamilton was panting for breath the whole way through and said he was knackered afterwards – has he ever worked harder for a win? Ferrari was the fastest car this weekend, but Mercedes forced them onto the harder tyre earlier than they would have liked and this gave Hamilton the win – even then he needed Bottas’ help to make his short stint on the harder tyres effective. A real team effort from Mercedes. This was one of those weekends where everything just fell into place. Roll on Monaco.


Most exciting race of the year thus far with the two best drivers on the grid (Seb & Lewis) battling it out for the W. Things are obviously very close between these two in terms of their respective driving skills so perhaps Lewis’ victory on this occasion was aided by Merc having an overall edge in performance. Given the closeness of the competition I agree with the Sky commentators when they put it to Toto Wolff that at some stage he may have to give preference to Lewis (in terms of team orders and strategy calls) to assist him gain the WDC. We saw a glimpse of that anyway when Valtteri let Lewis through.

Danny Ricc and Red Bull will take 3rd place but that’s about all. The reality is that with a deficit of 76 second to Lewis they are in a world of pain as far as horse power is concerned and with a quarter of the season done and with the delay in implementing the upgraded PU the season looks bleak. How will Mateschitz react at season’s end? He’ll get impatient pumping money in if he can’t see results. Dan and Max would have thought that they would be able to compete for wins at least on tracks that suite their package. Perhaps not this year guys! Better go and talk to Alonso and see how he’s dealing with disappointment.

Pass of the day for me: Vettel on Valtteri who for several laps put up a very spirited defence. Very nice touch that young distraught Kimi fan getting his photo taken with his hero in the garage. A are occasion when you see Kimi smiling. Great to see! Speaking of Kimi why was he asked that inane question by the Sky commentator with words to the effect: ‘’What did you take away from the race?” and he replied with “Well nothing as I didn’t get past the first corner.” I mean really! No wonder he appears to have a disdain for the press.


Good post Adrian – not much I’d disagree with 🙃


Luckily Wehrlein had the crash at ROC. Wehrlein being at Mercedes and the advantage of Ferrari at tyre management destroyed by Wehrlein’s skills in tyre saving – we would have a boring Mercedes 1-2 this season again.
Let’s hope he is not replacing Lewis in 2018 😉


In a way Merc got a lot of luck but it was not lucky going on the hard tyres early. Ferrari should have gave track potion up and left out Vettel much later, with him doing maybe only 10 laps at the end on the hards., maybe forcing Lewis to push more. I don’t think Ferrari expected Merc doing the middle stint on the hards and got a little flustered with that and the safety period..

Anyway good driving by all, except Bottas. That first turn was embarrassing.

Williams are a disgrace. Taking a billionaires son because of the money and getting Massa back in the car. GO FORCE INDIA!


Well, the Spanish Grand Prix was a complete blast. Vettel (Ferrari) beat Hamilton (MB) off the line, but Verstappen (Red Bull) and Raikonnen (Ferrari) tangled eliminating both. Vettel and Hamilton fought tooth and nail, with Hamilton prevailing with a good strategy call. Hamilton, Vettel, and Dan Ricciardo (Red Bull) lapped the entire field. Bottas’ MB blew its motor and he was out. Fernando Alonso brought the McLaren home in 15th. Damned good race and the best I’ve been to Canada in 2014!


Okay, so, good race Lewy.
Now that is out of the way,
remember at one point, he is told by his radio commander, to turn off the… I can’t remember the word he used, something like ‘sweet’, or something(maybe kind of) like that, “to save it for later”, or something like that.
So then Lewy is catching Sebastian, slowly, but with the fairly distinct tire advantage.
I’ll skip to after, when Lewy is leading, and goes to about a 4 second advantage, but not much more.
Now, to the point in question, Lewis passing Sebastian:

The Mercedes EXTREME ENGINE MODE, lives still!

Maybe they have less of it to use, but make no mistake, Lewis BLEW BY Sebastian, WAY AHEAD ON POWER!

This is the year of the MMC that Toto makes a new (F1) social meme, the pounding of the desk, meme.
The Academy is in deliberation.

What happened to RB?

Good job Perez/Ocon, Hulk.
Got to have the honourable mention for the oft-slagged Wehrlein, great job!


I believe it was the “magic button”, very apt! They’ve mentioned it in team radio before.


They all have a magic button.


So why is it that “rules” about bollards and track limits only apply to some drivers some of the time and some drivers non of the time?


Not sure.
However there was a clarification that stated that returning to the track was only mandated if you drove over the speed bumps. Don’t know if Lewis hit the bumps or not.


He did not hit the bumps.

Lewis was even or slightly ahead at corner exit … usually means you’re not allowed to wedge out as the defender. Let’s just say it was worse than when Lewis wedges out people and certain people on here get up in arms about it!


Very good point KRB – if Ham had been the one pushing Vet wide I doubt the views of some would be quite so relaxed 😄


C63, of course their view would be different if the two drivers were switched. The same people saying Lewis should get a penalty for running over an imaginary speed bump would be saying he should get a penalty for shoving Vettel off the track.


Flying dummies are a occupational health hazard that the race stewards try and avoid at all costs, especially with certain drivers!


strictly speaking, vettel should be penalised for not leaving enough room for a car alongside him through a corner..


Of course he should have Aveli. The stewards favour him all the time don’t they. Smh…


They have dice and a chocolate wheel…


A very good question. Hamilton went over the speed bump evidently, which was the tipping point, according to whiting. If he was forced off the track then there was an infringement by whoever did that. No action taken there so your question is valid.


He didn’t go over the speed bump. Check it again.


sorry but that’s a poor question. you should be asking why vettel wasn’t penalised for refusing to leave enough room for a car which was alongside him into a corner..


Poor question or not…why avoid answering it?


They applied to all drivers all the time. Drivers briefing notes made it clear what was acceptable.


Mick, the rule was that if a driver goes over the speed bumps on the outside of turn one, then he must re enter the track to the left of the bollard on the exit. I assume you referring to Lewis going wide at turn one when Seb came out of the pits? He didn’t go over the speed bumps, and therefore wasn’t obliged to re enter via the bollard route.


If you looked at the actual instructions, it said that a driver only needed to take the bollard route if they hit either of the speed bumps. Lewis didn’t, so no need to go that route. Plus he was pushed wide because of Vettel.


Was he supposed to get off the racing line so Lewis could have it instead?
Yep, definitely unbiased and balanced yet constantly accusing others of not being so themselves. Hypocrisy is wonderful thing, only when its applied to others though.


If a car is fully alongside you at corner exit, then yes, you should leave room for them! Vettel was coming in hot from an acute angle, so he was always going to drift out wide.

See Section 7.

I’m not sure I like this “let them race” F1 … the Magnussen-Kvyat collision was totally Magnussen’s fault!


SARS, surely you see the hypocrisy in saying that what Seb did is fine, but when Lewis does the same thing it is terrible?!


The hypocrisy is when Lewis does it you defend him and say he was a legit move yet when Vettel does it its against the rules. Can’t always have your cake and eat it too Tim!


SARS, where do I suggest that Seb’s move wasn’t legit? I thought it was ok, on the limit but ok. One of us has a variable reaction to these type of moves depending on who is involved, but it ain’t me…


Please show me an instance where someone has been fully alongside Lewis at corner exit, and Hamilton has tried to wedge them out. If he’s halfway ahead, then yes he will do it. Did you read Section 7 up above?


@ KRB…by memory that is not how brundle interpreted it. I may of misheard his comments so i will place a caveat on it.


Is Brundle infallible? No. Both he and Crofty got it wrong.

You don’t really care about the rules though, do you? Just as long as Lewis is found at fault of something, that’s all that matters for you.


Considering he’s gotten away with more infractions of the rules compared to his contemporary’s I think fans of F1 just want to see the rules applied evenly to all those guys on the grid.
Asking too much you think?


Sars, Has he? or do you just believe that to be true? You clearly seem to think that Lewis did something wrong in Barcelona on Sunday, but according to the rules he didn’t. It seems to me that Lewis is guilty of ignoring the “special rule book” that exists only in your head and only applies to Lewis.

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