The rain in Spain falls mainly on the…well, certainly not on track, or else we surely would have gotten a better race.
The race weekend wasn’t short on talking points though, thank goodness!
Eight days after the Azerbaijan GP, Williams lodged a complaint and asked the FIA to review the incident where Fernando Alonso nursed his McLaren back to the pits after a problem with his tires, among others:
The FIA rejected it, though:
Remember the Kangaroo TV/F1 Vision? It’s baaack!
French drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon both attended the Cannes Film Festival, but their shadiness was revealed when it was found by fans that they cropped each other out of their Instagram pics:
Recap: Gasly revealed in an interview some weeks back that he and Ocon aren’t really friends anymore.
F1 officially launched its travelling Merchandise Superstore in Barcelona. Goodbye, money!
Before, it was Indy 500, but now the Le Mans 24hr race is now “the biggest race in the world” for Fernando Alonso…
And he likes the privacy of the F1 paddock compared to the WEC paddock:
I mean, 50 fans following you to the loo is kinda awkward…
McLaren unveiled their updates, including a new nose which polarized social media, to say the least:
Ferrari’s most obvious change/update was the halo-mounted mirrors:
The Red Bull drivers were helped by football legend and Catalan Andres Iniesta change tires in an event:
Iniesta politely turned down the chance to join the F1 grid next season, saying life on the fast lane is not for him.
Looks like we’ll have a second race in the USA from 2019. Bienvenido a Miami!
Daniel Ricciardo has commented on the rumor that F1 has trademarked the infamous “shoey”:
The most famous Pole in F1, the beloved Robert Kubica, had his first FP1 session since 2010:
Spainish GP? Is it because they’re in Catalan country…?
Track officials thankfully removed it after photos went viral.
Sauber driver Charles Leclerc joined Gasly and Hulkenberg in the Kevin Magnussen Non-Fan Club, after an incident with him in FP1:
Kevin Magnussen then received a reprimand for that daft move.
One of the more creative Kimi banners seen at a track. God Save the (Finnish) King!
Daniel Ricciardo had a strange F.E.A. message written on his helmet on the Friday:
Force India driver Sergio Perez had an incident on FP2 when his front left tire came loose after a pitstop and he had to park the car. The FIA fined his team for an unsafe release:
Guess who surfaced in the McLaren garage during FP3? None other than Martin Whitmarsh!
Remember last year’s famous crying kid? Thomas the adorable Kimi Raikkonen fan is back!
Here he is, reunited with Kimi:
Max Verstappen will earn a cool 150k for having an unapproved lookalike:
Other teams weren’t happy with Ferrari’s halo mirrors, so it has been banned from Monaco onwards.
We’ve seen it in Baku, and now Spain has also adopted the “pre podium interview”:
F1’s cameras found another tiny adorable fan, this time a Fernando Alonso superfan:
They tracked him down and got him to meet his Spanish hero! Joaquín, everyone!
Ex-Sauber/Ferrari/Williams driver Felipe Massa also attended the GP, and I think we can all agree that this photo of him with his ex-engineer and dear friend Rob Smedley is the heartwarming content we all need!
Raceday. That first lap crash that took Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly out of the Spanish GP:
RoGro was handed a 3-place grid penalty and 2 license points for that incident:
The Mercedes drivers got the new tires to work perfectly for them, and they took their first 1-2 finish of the season:
Max Verstappen kept his head down, and despite damaging his front wing after colliding with a Williams car, managed to take his first podium finish this year.
Charles Leclerc finished in the points again, breaking a 3-year record for a Sauber driver:
The Spanish GP in 60 seconds:
And the GP summed up in one tweet:
Hasta luego, España!