Official 2021 Spanish Grand Prix Thread **SPOILERS**

Official 2021 Spanish Grand Prix Thread **SPOILERS**

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Piginapoke

Original Poster:

1,881 posts

150 months

Monday 3rd May
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The races come thick and fast now, and we're already on to Spain. RB always go well here and, despite Lewis' great drive in Portugal, my money's on Max for the win.

Ricciardo will be looking to impress after last week, also interesting to see if Aston Martin can raise its game after another poor show.

Date(s): Friday 7 May 2021 – Sunday 9 May 2021

UK Broadcast Timings (and local time)

All sessions are live on Sky F1; only highlights are shown on Channel 4:





Live timing for all sessions available here:

https://www.formula1.com/en/f1-live.html

Lap times, PU component use, technical reports and Stewards' decisions for the weekend will appear here:

https://www.fia.com/championship/events/fia-formul...

Weather forecast:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/3128760

Tyre Choices:



2020 race result:



2020 race highlights:

https://youtu.be/-yHbZWfkBwU

LaurasOtherHalf

19,821 posts

161 months

Monday 3rd May
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I have this as a Mercedes track, so I’m saying Hamilton for the win.

One things for certain, without rain it’ll be one of the more boring races this year.

RJWR

192 posts

3 months

Monday 3rd May
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LaurasOtherHalf said:
I have this as a Mercedes track, so I’m saying Hamilton for the win.

One things for certain, without rain it’ll be one of the more boring races this year.
Looks like you were right

Sandpit Steve

2,759 posts

39 months

Monday 3rd May
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From last year’s race review, it looked like another one of those Lewis masterclasses, with Max getting Bottas at the start and those three running into the distance. Mercedes were half a second faster in qualifying, which had probably closed up a bit.

The big unknown is the weather, last year we raced in August with a track temperature as high as 50°C.

Leithen

7,518 posts

232 months

Monday 3rd May
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Track surface should be far less of an issue at least. Removes one variable.

LaurasOtherHalf

19,821 posts

161 months

Monday 3rd May
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The weather looks good but it’s to change on Monday according to the forecast. If it blows in a day early and we get a wet race we might have a rare, interesting Spanish GP.

If not, cue the usual posters complaining about a broken F1 with no overtaking as usual.

TheDeuce

9,108 posts

31 months

Monday 3rd May
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A single good or bad day for Merc or red bull could swing the championship lead. So long as that's the case, all GP's are quite exciting imo - even catalunya.

Maybe not Paul Ricard.

Sandpit Steve

2,759 posts

39 months

Monday 3rd May
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TheDeuce said:
A single good or bad day for Merc or red bull could swing the championship lead. So long as that's the case, all GP's are quite exciting imo - even catalunya.

Maybe not Paul Ricard.
Paul Ricard 2019 was the last dud race we had. Let’s all pray for rain there this year!

Deesee

5,110 posts

48 months

Monday 3rd May
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5 years (!) since the Rosberg / Hamilton incident, (Max won for his first ever win), Lewis has won the last four here on the bounce.

Another victory here places him on 5 on the bounce the only other driver with 5 wins in the bounce same race, Mr A Senna @ Monaco (another record up for grabs).

A circuit with the perfect balance on low/mid/high speed corners (but like watching paint dry), Merc normally bring the upgrades here in seasons past as it’s a good place to sense check them.

Tough to see beyond Merc and Hamilton here.


M5-911

556 posts

10 months

Monday 3rd May
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LaurasOtherHalf said:
I have this as a Mercedes track, so I’m saying Hamilton for the win.

One things for certain, without rain it’ll be one of the more boring races this year.
Peter Windsor reckon that it will favour Redbull. So I am saying Verstapen for the win.

HustleRussell

19,171 posts

125 months

Tuesday
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I am being highly anal here but the circuit map in the OP shows the previous layout of T10/11/12 which has been changed for 2021 as follows. Mickey Mouse T14/15 chicane unfortunately remains.


suffolk009

4,208 posts

130 months

Tuesday
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Excluding any unexpected errors or catastrophes, it has to be likely that Hamilton will win this.

DanielSan

16,082 posts

132 months

Tuesday
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Deesee said:
5 years (!) since the Rosberg / Hamilton incident, (Max won for his first ever win), Lewis has won the last four here on the bounce.

Another victory here places him on 5 on the bounce the only other driver with 5 wins in the bounce same race, Mr A Senna @ Monaco (another record up for grabs).

A circuit with the perfect balance on low/mid/high speed corners (but like watching paint dry), Merc normally bring the upgrades here in seasons past as it’s a good place to sense check them.

Tough to see beyond Merc and Hamilton here.
Red Bull have been strong in the past few years even with a pace defecit to Mercedes. Now they're on par with them Mercedes can easily throw this one away wurh yet another cocked up pitstop. If they are quickest.

PD9

1,889 posts

150 months

Tuesday
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Max or Lewis, tight one to call. Mercedes previously the class of the field over the past few years with 2020 Max having the early race pace. Could be much closer this time around - you'd want P1 or P3 in quali, Perez also had a decent peddle around on the Saturday last year (4th on the Sunday, but +5 sec penalty; classified 5th). Strategy will play a big part in this race too. Personally hoping for a RBR win to keep things interesting! I'm saying 2 RB's on podium.

Wet race would add an additional bit of excitement! But if we don't get rain; the run into turn 1 will be fun!


Derek Smith

39,227 posts

213 months

Wednesday
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Probably second only to Monaco for processions, but given last season, and this one so far, we might well get a surprise. It's unlikely to live up to the previous three races, but here's hoping.

thegreenhell

8,481 posts

184 months

Wednesday
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At least they haven't had any pre-season testing at this track this year to get dialled in in advance.

majordad

3,374 posts

162 months

Wednesday
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What’s the weather forecast?

DanielSan

16,082 posts

132 months

Wednesday
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Derek Smith said:
Probably second only to Monaco for processions, but given last season, and this one so far, we might well get a surprise. It's unlikely to live up to the previous three races, but here's hoping.
It might well match last weekend for excitement. I just never felt like it quite got going though.

aston80

192 posts

6 months

Thursday
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DanielSan said:
It might well match last weekend for excitement. I just never felt like it quite got going though.
Do you honestly think last weekend was exciting?

3 overtakes amongst the top 3?

This is my third year following F1 and unfortunately most races have been mediocre. Perhaps my standards are too high but i do really enjoy F2. Qualification has been good (although i think time should be doubled) but the races have mostly been a bit of action in the first 3 laps then Hamilton goes off and wins.

Really hoping 2022 and cost cap levels things out.

Rather than sprint races i'd like to see F1 drivers in a standard spec car. I think that would compliment the current races well.

BrettMRC

2,026 posts

125 months

Thursday
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A standard spec car is not F1.

Looking forward to seeing how Merc and RB compare here.