In the latest edition of Paddock Press, we recap the Russian Grand Prix and look ahead to the first European race of the season in Spain.
Russian GP Review
When we looked back at the opening three flyaway races, they were a far cry from the dull, uninspiring parades of no overtaking we were scaremongered into believing by the critics of the new era. Unfortunately Russia confirmed their worst fears. 52 laps with just a single on-track overtake. Sure, Bottas's electric start made good viewing, Vettel's late attack kept us on the edge of our seats at the close, but besides that it was a pretty dull affair, and thus concludes a short and concise review of a far from spectacular race.
Looking Forward - Spain:
First things first, Spain is not a track that promotes titanic racing usually. Last season was memorable for the Mercedes cars colliding and Verstappen's first win rather than anything else. In fact the tame squabble between Verstappen and Raikkonen was far from gripping. The last sector was hard for cars to follow last season, especially on traction out of the final chicane. New regulations will only make this job harder.
The other key point is Red Bull; the launch of their B-Spec car could see one of two things happen. They will either continue their run in mediocrity or can they jump up to challenge the likes of the top two cars?
Will Force India get another double points finish and continue their consistent form?
Can Ferrari's prowess earn them more glory?
After Vettel took a stunning pole last time out can Kimi Raikkonen show the tifosi he's still got enough fire to set F1 alight?
Can we see an on track pass after lap one?
Finally the predictions:
Pole Position - Lewis Hamilton
Race Win - Lewis Hamilton
Podium - Hamilton, Vettel, Ricciardo
Driver of the Day - Nico Hulkenberg
Fastest Pit Stop - Williams
First Retirement - Lance Stroll
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by Matthew Gannon