2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

December 11, 2018

Major Takeaways: 

  • Dutch contender, Max Verstappen earned his first podium of 2018.
  • It was the second triumph in a row for Lewis Hamilton.
  • Time/Retired= Lewis Hamilton (1:35:29.972), Valtteri Bottas (+20.593s), Max Verstappen (+2.873s)

As everyone was expecting, the 5th round of theFormula One World Championship 2018, Spanish Grand Prix was one of the most happening races of the entire championship. Spectators witnessed some great actions from start to finish. This race featured some heavy lap crashes, plenty of collisions and spins and two caution periods. 

Held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmelo, it was the first race of this Formula 1 season, in which the win was not argued at all. For Lewis Hamilton, it was the second win in a row but it was not that much easy for him. Anyhow, he managed to dominate the race for Mercedes.

Overall, it was a successful race for Mercedes teammates as Valtteri Bottas (another Mercedes member) secured 2nd position. Unfortunately, this time Red Bull team had to satisfy with 3rd position. 

This race has put Hamilton in a commanding position in the Formula One championship 2018. Right from the beginning, Hamilton was in the mood to win this race. The race became easier for him when three drivers got wiped out of the race at Turn 3 because of huge smoke caused by Grosjean’s HAAS Ferrari. 

Since the opening event in Australia, the Spanish Grand Prix 2018 is the first race in which Mercedes didn’t look back in the face of a faster Ferrari. Before this race, people used to believe that Hamilton’s qualifying in Melbourne was just because of his compatibility with that particular track.

There can be possibilities that Ferraris have some issues with tyres that caused trouble for their drivers in Azerbaijan, China, and Bahrain. But surely, It was an amazing race event for team Mercedes.

Speaking of local heroes, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso also managed to secure 7th and 8th position in the championship.

Overview of the 2018 FORMULA 1 Spanish Grand Prix

11th May 2018-  Practice 1 & 2

In the first practice session, Mercedes set the pace in Spain. Valtteri Bottas secured the 1st position in the practice even after the bad windy weather and dusty track. Lewis Hamilton the another Mercedes team member was on the second place. He covered 22 laps in 1:18.997 with Gap of +0.849s. Even in the second practice session, Lewis Hamilton came first. 

12th May 2018 – Practice 3

In the 3rd practice session, Mercedes continued dominating the race event. Hamilton made a new track record which was fractionally fast than Valtteri Bottas. He was 0.013 secs ahead of Bottas. 

12th May 2018 – Qualifying

Once again Mercedes dominated their pace. Lewis Hamilton secured his first front row of 2018. Sebastian Vettel was just behind the Mercedes while Verstappen from Red Bull Racing TAG HEUER came 5th.

13th May 2018 – Final Race

After seeing the practice sessions, it was easy for people to guess that Lewis Hamilton is going to add one more feather in his cap. His win moved him into the 17-point championship.

On the other hand, Valtteri Bottas left behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and held on to the 2nd place with 18 points while Max Verstappen from Red Bull Racing TAG HEUER managed to secure 3rd place with 12 points. 

The rest positions were-

Fourth Position- Sebastian Vettel

Fifth Position – Daniel Ricciardo

Sixth position- Kevin Magnussen

Seventh Position- Carlos Sainz

Eighth Position- Fernando Alonso

Ninth position- Sergio Perez

Tenth position- Charles Leclerc

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Spanish Grand Prix was quite successful for team Mercedes.