Spanish Grand Prix: The Best Kind of Sunday… Race Day

Hola amigos, esto es la Fórmula 1 otra vez! Esta vez en el circuito de Catalunya!

(I wish I spoke Spanish, I had to ask my Spanish friend Anton to translate that for me).

I am so excited for tonight’s race, not only for the fact that its has been a good three weeks since the last round, but I just don’t know what is going to happen tonight.

Mercedes dominated qualifying last night to see Rosberg and Hamilton qualify first and second. This is Rosberg’s second round in a row qualifying first on the grid, and Hamilton is looking increasingly comfortable in his Mercedes this season. If history is to repeat itself then Mercedes are in very good stead to win tonight’s Spanish Grand Prix. Not since the mid nineties has this race been not been won by a driver in the front row.

I really can’t tell who will fare better out of the two Mercedes. Rosberg was faster on track yesterday, but Hamilton has the stronger results on race day. Then there’s the part of me that really wants to see Vettel break the first-row-winning streak, but that’s just my bias I guess.

Similarly I also have some home track bias for Alonso! As I’ve mentioned before I love seeing a Vettel-Alonso battle, and I’d love to see him succeed on his home track. Qualifying from fifth though I’m unsure as to whether he’ll make it to the podium.

Vettel was happy with his qualifying. He improved on his personal sector three time from previous years, saying that he understood the last few corners better. Webber was disappointed with his Q2 time after being impeded  by Massa, who as a result was handed a three place grid penalty to start ninth.

Gutierrez was also handed a three place grid penalty after stewards decided he’d impeded Kimi Raikkonen’s Q1 lap. Actually, Kimi holds the lap record for this track, 1:21.670s in 2008. For tonight’s race Kimi has qualified fourth, and I think he has a good chance of making it to the podium tonight.

Well the race is about to get underway now, so I’ll wrap it up here. I learnt last round that qualifying and race day are two completely different games, so let’s just see what happens. Personally I think the front-row-streak will be broken today… Here’s hoping its Vettel to break it.

– Alex

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