What For­mula 1 needed

Span­ish GP pro­vided a tonic fol­low­ing pre­dictable re­sults

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say - Kevin Turner, Ed­i­tor (Twit­ter: @KRT917)

Af­ter all the grum­bling in re­cent months, it was great to fi­nally have an in­ter­est­ing grand prix. No dis­re­spect to Mer­cedes, which has done a fan­tas­tic job in the hy­brid turbo era, but the con­tretemps be­tween Nico Ros­berg and Lewis Hamil­ton truly made the Span­ish Grand Prix last week­end.

Not only did the ac­ci­dent it­self re­ally set-up a fas­ci­nat­ing dy­namic for the rest of the sea­son – it was by far the worst clash the duo has had so far – it also cre­ated an in­ter­est­ing con­test for the win. A non-merc suc­cess was over­due.

Red Bull and Fer­rari were evenly matched around Catalunya. The SF16-H was prob­a­bly a tad quicker than the RB12, but Red Bull (mostly) had track po­si­tion and, in the end, a bet­ter strat­egy (though don’t men­tion that to Daniel Ric­cia­rdo!). To see F1’s new­est star score his first win was the ic­ing on the cake. Our con­grat­u­la­tions to Max Ver­stap­pen.

But what of the ti­tle fight? As well as hav­ing to make up a lot of points, Hamil­ton will now have no­ticed an­other wor­ry­ing sign in Spain. Ros­berg’s bold Lewis-like ma­noeu­vre at the first cor­ner shows the Ger­man may fi­nally have a han­dle on the wheel-to-wheel side of things. Lewis re­ally needs to strike back sooner rather than later.

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