Spanish Grand Prix - An uphill battle of a race

13 May 2018

Seb fourth, Kimi retires from Spanish GP

Montmelò – Sebastian Vettel’s fourth place was the sole reward for Scuderia Ferrari after an uphill battle at the Spanish Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire after a loss of power.
This was the story of the race: the sun was playing hide-and-seek with the clouds before the start, after a night with lots of rain. At the getaway Seb went straight on the attack from third place on the grid and passed Bottas, while Kimi stayed in fourth place. The safety car came out on lap 1 when Grosjean spun off and triggered a string of collisions.

The race restarted at the end of the sixth lap in the same positions. Another 12 laps passed before the team made an early call to bring Seb into the pits to change onto the Medium tyres. Bottas reacted two laps later but despite facing traffic – and benefiting from a tow from Magnussen – Vettel managed to stay ahead of the Mercedes as it came out of the pits.
Meanwhile further back, Kimi reported a problem over the radio and the No.7 car suddenly slowed and crawled back to the pits. He had suffered a loss of power, the same problem that put paid to Ocon on the 40th lap, bringing out the virtual safety car.

Seb came into the pits to put on another set of Medium tyres. The move came because he had been having problems with the tyres; but there was a problem with the right rear and on the exit the No.5 car ended up behind both Bottas and Verstappen, whose car had suffered damage to the front wing after earlier contact.

“You can push right to the flag,” was Ricky Adami’s advice to his driver. But it’s not easy. Making it past the 50th lap, Seb went for it and lowered his lap times, but without managing to get past his rival. Even if by the end he was only seven tenths of a second away from the podium…

Scuderia Ferrari comments:
Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen
Maurizio Arrivabene


Pos
Driver
Car
Laps
Time/Retired
1
Lewis
Hamilton
Mercedes
66
1:35:29.972
2
Valtteri
Bottas
Mercedes
66
+20.593s
3
Max
Verstappen
Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer
66
+26.873s
4
Sebastian
Vettel
Ferrari
66
+27.584s
5
Daniel
Ricciardo
Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer
66
+50.058s
6
Kevin
Magnussen
Haas Ferrari
65
+1 lap
7
Carlos
Sainz
Renault
65
+1 lap
8
Fernando
Alonso
McLaren Renault
65
+1 lap
9
Sergio
Perez
Force India Mercedes
64
+2 laps
10
Charles
Leclerc
Sauber Ferrari
64
+2 laps
11
Lance
Stroll
Williams Mercedes
64
+2 laps
12
Brendon
Hartley
Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda
64
+2 laps
13
Marcus
Ericsson
Sauber Ferrari
64
+2 laps
14
Sergey
Sirotkin
Williams Mercedes
63
+3 laps
NC
Stoffel
Vandoorne
McLaren Renault
45
DNF
NC
Esteban
Ocon
Force India Mercedes
38
DNF
NC
Kimi
Räikkönen
Ferrari
25
DNF
NC
Romain
Grosjean
Haas Ferrari
0
DNF
NC
Pierre
Gasly
Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda
0
DNF
NC
Nico
Hulkenberg
Renault
0
DNF

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