Monday, May 15, 2006

Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2006 - Results

Fernando Alonso (Renault) pulls it off again. He drove a faultless race to lead from the start and take the checkered flag about 15 seconds in front of Michael Schumacher (Ferrari), having lapped everyone up to 7th, out of 17 cars which finished (I'm doing this from memory, so some of the details might not be exact, ok).

Michael drove a good race as well, but at no time during the race, was he able to put up a credible challenge to Alonso. Better luck next time. Hopefully Monaco will be a closer race.

Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault) was 3rd after being pipped by Michael after the 2nd pitstop. Fisichella's race was patchy at best. He wasn't very consistent when it mattered and it allowed Michael to leapfrog him during the pitstop.

Filipe Massa was 4th in the 2nd Ferrari. He set the fastest lap of the race (1m:14.6s) but couldn't keep up the hot laps consistently during much of the race.

I think this race really shows the performance gap between the 1st and 2nd drivers in Renault and Ferrari. In identical cars, both 2nd drivers were roughly 30 seconds behind their team leaders. That's a huge margin if you're supposed to be one of the 22 very best drivers in the world.

Kimi Raikonnen (McLaren Mercedes) 5th in an uneventful race for him.

Jensen Button (BAR Honda) 6th and he will probably blame his teammate Ruben Barichello for blocking his during the 1st stint before the 1st pitstop.

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