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The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon May 07, 2018 7:49 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 5th round of the 2018 season taking place in Barcelona between the 11th and 13th of May.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Spain click here, to register in the competition click here

Picks for Spain close at the start of Saturday practice

The event timetable for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Friday
1st Practice 11:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
2nd Practice 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 12:00 local time - 10:00 GMT
Qualifying 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue May 08, 2018 10:17 am

Back in Europe and close to home for most teams.

Many teams will be rolling out their latest updates so let us see who has the most successful updates for improving their lap times.

The Circuit de Catalunya is probably the most familiar for teams in that most testing is conducted there. Sure, pre-season tests are conducted in single digit temperatures but the drivers have all done many laps in all classes at this circuit.

So, what will happen this weekend?

Ferrari will again battle it out with Mercedes and a qualifying gap to Red Bull.
The mid pack should be headed by Renault, then possibly Force India, Haas, McLaren and Toro Rosso then the rear with Williams and Sauber.
That said, the mid and rear pack gaps are small this season which will make this race entertaining from go to whoa.

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Fri May 11, 2018 9:13 pm

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:18.148	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
2	1:18.997	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	1:19.098	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	1:19.187	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
5	1:19.499	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
6	1:19.858	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
7	1:19.871	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
8	1:19.906	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
9	1:20.083	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
10	1:20.508	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso 
11	1:20.637	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
12	1:20.665	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
13	1:20.924	Sergio Perez	  Force India
14	1:20.984	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
15	1:21.053	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
16	1:21.144	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
17	1:21.159	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
18	1:21.373	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
19	1:21.510	Robert Kubica	  Williams
20	1:22.756	Lance Stroll	  Williams

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Fri May 11, 2018 9:23 pm

The resurfacing of the circuit and the time for it to rubber in has caught out may drivers.

Daniel Ricciardo end up in the barrier in turn 4 damaging the left front corner, ending up on the back of a truck for the remainder of the session.
Lance Stroll ploughed into a sand trap, had no damage, but also ended on the back of a truck.

Other excursions were from Grosjean, Hartley, Vettel, Bottas and Kubica all had incidents but rejoined the track to complete the session.

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat May 12, 2018 8:03 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:18.259	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:18.392	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
3	1:18.533	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
4	1:18.585	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
5	1:18.611	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
6	1:18.829	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
7	1:19.579	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
8	1:19.643	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
9	1:19.722	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
10	1:19.962	Sergio Perez	  Force India
11	1:20.024	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
12	1:20.035	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
13	1:20.183	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
14	1:20.373	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
15	1:20.501	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
16	1:20.514	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
17	1:20.672	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
18	1:21.265	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
19	1:21.556	Lance Stroll	  Williams
20	1:22.060	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat May 12, 2018 8:07 am

Romain Grosjean ended in the gravel trap but the car was returned to the pits. It then completed the session.
Kimi Raikkonen looked like he popped an engine.
Sergio Perez was released with a loose left front wheel and pulled over.

Again in this session, there were some offs through the gravel traps and a few spins.

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat May 12, 2018 9:09 pm

Hartley drops a left rear onto the dirt as he approaches turn 9 and has a monumental accident.
He is fine but the engine and chassis separated as the wreck was picked up to be placed on the truck.

No way he will make qualifying......

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat May 12, 2018 9:15 pm

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:17.281	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:17.294	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	1:17.550	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	1:17.581	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	1:17.981	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	1:18.357	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
7	1:18.706	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
8	1:18.783	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
9	1:18.847	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
10	1:18.886	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
11	1:18.905	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
12	1:19.013	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
13	1:19.121	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
14	1:19.236	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
15	1:19.292	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
16	1:19.376	Sergio Perez	  Force India
17	1:19.428	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
18	1:19.744	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
19	1:19.900	Lance Stroll	  Williams
20	1:19.909	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun May 13, 2018 5:33 pm

Qualifying

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Pos	Qual		Driver		  Team
1	1:16.173	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:16.213	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	1:16.305	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	1:16.612	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	1:16.816	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:16.818	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	1:17.676	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
8	1:17.721	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
9	1:17.790	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
10	1:17.835	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
			
11	1:18.323	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
12	1:18.463	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
13	1:18.696	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
14	1:18.910	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
15	1:19.098	Sergio Perez	  Force India
			
16	1:18.923	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
17	1:19.493	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
18	1:19.695	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
19	1:20.225	Lance Stroll	  Williams
20	DNQ		Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun May 13, 2018 5:35 pm

Sirotkin carries a 3 place grid penalty into this race from the Azerbaijan GP
Hartley should start at the stewards discretion following a medical clearance

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon May 14, 2018 8:04 am

Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team
1	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
4	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
5	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
7	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
8	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
9	Sergio Perez	  Force India
10	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
11	Lance Stroll	  Williams
12	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
13	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
14	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
DNF	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
DNF	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
DNF	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
DNF	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
DNF	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
DNF	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault

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Re: The 2018 Spanish GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon May 14, 2018 8:44 am

Grosjean incurs a 3 place penalty for Monaco for causing the turn 3 collision which ended the race for 3 starters.

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