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The Spanish GP of 2011

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Not much time to do this weeks GP post.

Webber gets his first pole position of the year, but he had a working KERS system and his teammate didn’t. (No real surprise then)

Both RedBull and Mclaren bring car up dates, both up dates have improved the car but RedBull end up a second a lap quicker.

Ferrari brings a new rear wing to Spain but get it banned by the FIA.

The best Mclaren can realistically hope for is 3rd, unless RedBull have reliability problems.

Expect to see an extremely determined Alonso in front of his home crowd.

Can the drivers take advantage of the DRS on this twisty turny track?   
Posted May 22, 2011, 12:04:56 PM Logged

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Cool GP. Vettel and Hamilton racing to the line. Hamilton had the faster package but Vettel in front and stayed there. Well done to both drivers.

Button bogged down at the start but the 3 stop strategy paid off and he got 3rd.

Webber was right on Button's tail for the last stint but backed off near the end for 4th place. Good drive I thought but he was unhappy with the result.

Alonso had an amazing start. Balls of steel. Didn't lift at all and flew into the lead. Unfortunately, the Ferarri is not working well with the hard (prime) tyre and could only manage 5th. He was lapped by Vettel and Hamilton which I find mystifying seeing how competitive he was on the soft (option) tyre.

Monaco next week, with practice on the Thursday due to their bank holiday. Time to practice (above) is a day wrong due to this.
Posted May 22, 2011, 21:10:28 PM Logged
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4 drivers repremanded for not backing off enough on a waved yellow. This only goes as a black mark to the drivers, no time or position penalties.

They were Hamilton, Button, Webber and Alguersuari.
Posted May 22, 2011, 21:16:44 PM Logged
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Didn’t know about the reprimands, you had me there for a second, sensibly no penalties given.  

After the race, I’m now thinking Mclaren might be at a turning point, they have more race pace now and lets not forget the track should have really suited the RedBull, all the up-dates to the Mclaren seemed to have worked well.

Vettel needs stopping or slowing down a little and its only Mclaren who can do it.

So Its turning into a four horse race with Vettel or Hamilton as favourite, which is fitting, to my mind they are the best drivers on the grid.

DRS didn’t work well on the twisty turny Mickey Mouse track at Spain so Monaco will be the same in that respect.
Posted May 22, 2011, 21:30:47 PM Logged
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