What Formula 1 needed
Spanish GP provided a tonic following predictable results
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.