Hamilton dominates as Ferrari struggle and Grosjean causes first lap chaos: 2018 Spanish Grand Prix Review

After the chaotic race in Baku, who would have thought we’d see a more dominant Mercedes in Spain. That’s what we saw at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as they controlled most of the weekend.

Lewis Hamilton led away from pole position and won as he dominated the Spanish Grand Prix [Image from MotorAuthority.com].

Lewis Hamilton took pole position by just 0.040 seconds from his teammate and despite all the drama of the race was dominant to win. Mercedes secured their first one-two race finish of the season as Bottas finished seconds despite being passed by the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel into turn 1. The Finn stayed out for a one-stop strategy while Vettel two stopped on his way to a 4th place finish. The change to slightly slimmer tyres to avoid degradation that was seen in winter testing was attributed as a contributing factor by Vettel and Ferrari. The second stop allowed Max Verstappen to finish on the podium in 3rd while Daniel Ricciardo finished 5th in a much quieter race for Red Bull. read more

Fortunate Hamilton wins chaotic Baku race as the Red Bulls come together: 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Review

After a fascinating double bill, Formula One moved to the fourth round of the Championship in Azerbaijan. Despite never having a driver race in F1, Azerbaijan has held races since the 2016 season and the circuit in the capital city of Baku is the quickest street circuit in the world. The race in 2017 was a crazy day which saw Daniel Ricciardo take victory for Red Bull and the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix was another crazy race.

The layout of the Baku Street Circuit [Image from formula1.com]

Sebastian Vettel qualified on pole for the third successive race and led away from the start. However, the chaos was behind as at turn 3 Kimi Raikkonen and Esteban Ocon collided while behind them Fernando Alonso and Sergey Sirotkin came together too. Ocon and Sirotkin retired from the race. Raikkonen and Alonso were able to continue but after three turns, the safety car was out. read more