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SPAIN GP – RACE RESULTS

Formula One World Championship 2015, Round 5, Spannish Grand Prix, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 10 May 2015 - Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads at the start of the race.

Ferrari comes away from today’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya Circuit with a third and fifth place. Sebastian Vettel ran second in the first half the race, but had to give best to Lewis Hamilton after the second pit stop.

Vettel crossed the line in third place, managing the gap to Valtteri Bottas behind him. The Finn and his Williams were Kimi Raikkonen’s final target, after starting seventh and producing a spectacular opening lap to make up two places. Kimi continued to make up ground, closing right up to Bottas, but in the final laps, he had no real chance of getting past his fellow countryman. Victory went to Nico Rosberg. In two weeks time, the Formula 1 circus sets up camp for the most prestigious round of the championship, the Monaco Grand Prix. [ferrari.com]

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h41m12.555s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 17.551s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 45.342s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 59.217s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m00.002s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m21.314s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
10 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
18 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 4 Laps
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Brakes

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 111
2 Nico Rosberg 91
3 Sebastian Vettel 80
4 Kimi Raikkonen 52
5 Valtteri Bottas 42
6 Felipe Massa 39
7 Daniel Ricciardo 25
8 Romain Grosjean 16
9 Felipe Nasr 14
10 Carlos Sainz 8
11 Max Verstappen 6
12 Nico Hulkenberg 6
13 Sergio Perez 5
14 Marcus Ericsson 5
15 Daniil Kvyat 5
16 Fernando Alonso 0
17 Jenson Button 0
18 Roberto Merhi 0
19 Will Stevens 0
20 Pastor Maldonado 0

QUOTES, VIDEO + STUFF

From ferrari.com – Kimi: “Overall, it has been a difficult weekend, but not a disaster and we learned a lot. In the race today we gained a few places, but I was not very comfortable with my car, as it was sliding around. Besides that, and for whatever reason, we are able catch the Williams but it’s very difficult to overtake them: they are very fast down the straights and once we get behind them, our car starts to be difficult to handle, much more than when you’re following other lapped cars. About the choice of going back to the ‘old’ aero package, I think it was good for all of us to be able to compare them on the circuit and I was prepared to run the risk. Maybe it would have been better with the new bits, that is probably the case, but at least now we know about it. So, for the next races, we have to do a better job and we need to have more clean weekends, without any issue, even a small one, to make sure that everything works. We know where we have to improve”.

From espn.co.uk – Kimi: “I think we learned a lot from going for two separate cars following yesterday and today so I’m more confident we can see things more balanced. Obviously in a test if you have a run coming up, you change a few things so sometimes the only way to do this and see the difference is to go with two cars at the same time on the circuit with different things. I think yesterday I prepared to take the risk and sacrifice a little bit myself and if we can learn and we can speed up our learning and knowledge then that will obviously help us.”

Video: Last lap of the race with Kimi Raikkonen chasing Valtteri Bottas


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6 responses

  1. Gio

    Kimi’s doing a fantastic job, like Vettel, kimi’s also fighting the Mercedes but in his case it’s the Williams.
    I’m a big fan of Kimi’s but I think he needs to improve, quail is part of the game and his performances in quali are a lot to be desired. If the tyre burning act was on purpose then it gives us an indication on how desperate Ferrari are to get kimi up there…..

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    May 11, 2015 at 12:10 am

  2. Leonardo

    On a circuit where overtaking is so very rare, especially if one is upfront in the scheme of things, then Kimi’s quali lap was absolutely useless. Verstappen was even ahead of him! Surely he knows this??

    I’ve said this before; I’m a big fan of the Iceman, but he needs to get his quali lap sorted so he doesnt spend the entire damn race trying to make up one position. Monaco can and will be potentially disastrous…

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    May 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

    • Look at his overtaking at Monaco in 2013 though! Looking forward to some action there after a boring Spain GP

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      May 11, 2015 at 3:51 pm

  3. Jaykay

    Did anyone else watch the race on Sky? Is anyone else as fed up as I am with all the negative comments about Kimi from the Sky commentary team? The constant criticism of Kimi and endless speculation about Bottas from “has beens” like D Hill and “never beens” like Herbert and David Croft make me really angry. It is intensely disrespectful to Kimi and in my view., they’re either pi55ed off because he won’t play the media game or they’re just totally unprofessional by carrying on like a bunch of spiteful, gossipy old women !!! He “took one for the team” on Sunday by running the older set-up and should be congratulated for his skill, determination and a good result..

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    May 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

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