Formula One heads to Spain for Round 5 of the 2018 Season. After an exciting and extraordinary race in Azerbaijan which saw Lewis Hamilton claim his first win of the season, what will be the outcome come Sunday?
Alonso wins on WEC debut
Two time champion and McLaren driver Fernando Alonso started his World Endurance Championship campaign off in style as his car won the 6hr of Spa. Alonso teamed up with former F1 drivers Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima to win his first major race since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. It was also the first time that Alonso had stood on the podium since 2014.
Alonso’s car qualified in P2 but was promoted to Pole after the other Toyota car was penalised. Alonso’s Toyota TS050 hybrid finished just ahead of second Toyota claiming victory. The next race in the series is the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 16-17 June.
Red Bull and Honda begin 2019 talks
Red Bull and Honda have started “positive” talks regarding a 2019 engine supply. This is after Red Bull’s junior team, Toro Rosso, managed to finish 4th at this year’s Bahrain GP showing that Honda have made some progress after 3 difficult years in the sport. The relationship between Renault and Red Bull have been very tense and close to breaking point in the past.
Speaking to Sky F1, Honda F1 chief Masashi Yamamoto said “Yes, it was positive. We do believe we were both satisfied. There is a good relationship between us. However, it’s the first time we have an official meeting. It’s the starting point for a potential future.”
Driver Standings – After Round 4
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 70pts
- Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 66pts
- Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 48pts
- Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 40pts
- Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 37pts
Constructors Standings – After Round 4
- Ferrari, 114pts
- Mercedes, 110pts
- Red Bull, 55pts
- McLaren, 36pts
- Renault, 35pts
Spanish GP Facts
- Lap record: 1:21:670s, Kimi Raikkonen, 2008
- Laps: 66
- Circuit length: 4.655km
- Race distance: 307.104km
- Corners: 16
- First held: 1991
- Past Winners: Lewis Hamilton (2017), Max Verstappen (2016) & Nico Rosberg (2015)
- Past Pole-sitters: Lewis Hamilton (2016 & 2018), Nico Rosberg (2015)
Pole Position will go to Sebastian Vettel. He is on a roll of Pole Position’s stretching back to the Bahrain GP.
The race, I think, will go Vettel’s way as well. Vettel and Lewis Hamilton had a very close battle here last year in which Hamilton came out on top. Hamilton will be second with Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen 3rd. Raikkonen, although will take the Fastest Lap Award.
My ones to watch out for this weekend is McLaren and Red Bull. Red Bull need a solid and clean race here after Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen collided in Baku. McLaren are bringing a couple of upgrades and claim that this is where everyone will see the “real” 2018 car.