The Spanish Grand Prix featured something everyone wants to see but very rarely happens: an on-track pass for the win.
Unsurprisingly it therefore picked up one of the highest ratings of the season so far. An average of 7.85 is the second-best of 2017 to date, and well above the average for this track.
The yawning gap to the rest of the field was a cause for concern among some. And the ease with which Lewis Hamilton breezed past Sebastian Vettel raised questions over whether tweaking the Circuit de Catalunya?s DRS zone had been a wise move.
But most of your responses to the race were largely positive:
Absolutely stunning race, best so far. I had my heart in my mouth when Vettel and Hamilton were side by side. Great season so far. Another good performance for Force India, at this rate they can catch Red Bull.
First-lap incident. Contra-tyre strategies. Modification of strategy due to Virtual Safety Car. Disinformation via team radio and some fairly difficult and robust overtaking, towards the edge of legality (Vettel, looking at you in particular).
Even had grumpy old Massa doing what all older F1 drivers seem to do ? blocking people trying to overtake, especially Hamilton and Vettel. (I was watching the Hamilton-Vettel gap on the F1 app, Massa was most responsible for their gap shrinking and expanding like an accordion.)
Great duel between the two main-rivals for the 2017 world championship with Lewis Hamilton fighting hard to regain first position from Vettel and winning his 55th Grand Prix. This must be much more rewarding for him winning this way! Sebastian Vettel had the best overtake of the race when he past Valtteri Bottas in great and daring style. Let?s hope those two will fight this way all to the end, with the two Red Bulls coming more and more into the mix to make it yet more difficult!
Antoon van Gemert
The grand prix was much better than I expected it would be, beforehand I thought that whichever driver had the best start and was leading after the first lap would easily take the victory, even if another driver behind was quicker in the race I didn?t think they would be able to challenge or get past, I thought it would be a case of follow the leader throughout the field.
The DRS zone was extended before the race began to make it easier for drivers to overtake on the straight. Views on how this affected the race were mixed:
Hamilton clearly was having issues finding a way around Sebastian but alas, the ?train? that DRS creates leaves a driver in front absolutely helpless. If Hamilton had gone around in turn two or three, or out braked Vettel into one that would have been amazing.
In the midfield, Ricciardo was alone, and subsequently nothing exciting really happened save the Sainz/Magnussen battle.
There was a genuine and tactical battle for the front that required pin point timing from Ferrari and Mercedes but ultimately that DRS pass murdered the race.
Please, for the love of god get rid of DRS!
I thought the DRS zone extension was a great move, meant people could actually pass on the street.
Really enjoyed the battle for the lead.
Rick Lopez (@Viscountviktor)
We got to see some interesting strategy being played out but we also got robbed of seeing cars fighting wheel to wheel by DRS. Passes aren?t entertaining. I could have happily sat and watched Hamilton battling behind Vettel, sneaking a look, taking some chances and generally racing even if the pass failed. Instead we got this.
This was a great example of the damage DRS does to racing. It was a great race up to that point but ultimately ended in disappointment because of a knee jerk reaction to extend the DRS zone after events in Sochi. We might?ve seen a masterclass in defensive driving from Seb today but instead he had no chance. Jonny Edwards (@Racectrl)
The scale of the advantage enjoyed by the front runners also drew some comment:
Pretty good race for the lead, and it probably looks like it?s going to be Vettel versus Hamilton all season long. When was the last time the whole field was lapped except the podium? Worrying, but at least Ferrari and Mercedes are pretty evenly matched. Alex (@Arobbo)
I doubted the Mercedes strategy, still not sure if they?d have done it without the Virtual Safety Car. Enjoyed the race. Good bit of F1. However lapping everyone up to fourth? Hmm? @pSynrg
Rate the Race: The Twitter verdict
The Spanish Grand Prix also received much praise on Twitter. Here?s a selection of views from race day:
Its not very often you see the race winner pass during the race, ftw, not using an undercut, or taking advantage of slow starters #F1
? f1alex (@eff1alex) May 14, 2017
#spanishgp best race this year so far
? Apiwe (@iMeang) May 14, 2017
#SpanishGP Best race so far! Win for @LewisHamilton and fairplay to @PWehrlein p8 ? 35 laps on softs and strategy spot on! #Driveroftheday
? Ben Jones (@bmjonesss) May 14, 2017
The Spanish GP was the best of the season so far after watching it back. Had great strategy & overtakes on a track that is usually dull #F1
? Jake Williams-Smith (@wsmithjake) May 14, 2017
Vettel passes Bottas. Wow! One notable pass in the race. Look out #V8SC, F1 is coming for you. 😉
? Anthony Henry (@Blue9113200) May 14, 2017
Some sloppy racing from midpack in Spain, and usual whining from a certain car. Actually a good race though despite that. #F1
? Tone (@Tone7x20) May 14, 2017
Loved todays Barcelona F1 race! So tense! Carlos and Pascal ? Massa v McLaren ? Vettel v Pirelli ? Lewis v Ferrari
? f1_pepps (@f1_pepps) May 14, 2017
Cracking F1 race today! Sounded like all the drivers had to really push hard.
? Seán Ward (@SeanWDWard) May 14, 2017
Cracking #SpanishGP ? great battle between Hamilton & Vettel . Not often does Mercedes outfox Ferrari on strategy.
? Chris (@chilitechris) May 14, 2017
Most exciting race I can remember! Awesome work @LewisHamilton & @MercedesAMGF1 ??? #SpanishGrandPrix #F1 #lewishamilton
? ? DJ Oli Baits ? (@DJOliBaits) May 14, 2017
Just watched the race. Damn that was good! Best of the season so far. #SpanishGP #F1
? Daniel Bound (@_DannyBizzle_) May 14, 2017
#spanishgp what a race!.this looks like its gonna be the best season in recent years.Motorsport has been waiting!!
? henze (@southpawsan) May 14, 2017
The #SpanishGP was absolutely magical ? fantastic racing, just superb! And a fantastic win for @LewisHamilton and @MercedesAMGF1
? Stephen Goss (@jetbootjack) May 14, 2017
What a great race at the #SpanishGP ?this year has been great overall, 3 great races out of 5. #F1
? Buonistelo (@Buonistelo) May 14, 2017
No spoilers, but that #f1 race was amazing. This season is proving to be action-packed. #SpanishGP #MercedesAMGF1 #FerrariF1
? Max Phyo (@MaximusTheRuler) May 14, 2017
The first F1 race of the season that I decide to miss and it turns out to be the best of the season so far??.
? Sanjith Venkatesh (@masterW0nderful) May 14, 2017
Caught up on the #F1. #SpanishGP is race of the year so far. Finally saw the Hamilton/Vettel fight we’ve been waiting for
? Chris Stevens ? (@CStevens_journo) May 14, 2017
Well the F1 race control clowns showed their greasepaint again by not penalizing 44 for turn 1 breach of rules. #SpanishGP
? Mark Bartlett (@MarkBSAE) May 14, 2017
Bored of the @F1 ? Need something new to happen or some new faces! @bbcf1 #Formula1
? #GeeLoGreen (@lgeerththanan) May 14, 2017
Disappointing F1 race in Barcelona Spain, something has to be done to equalise teams as it has become very boring!
? Dodgie Rogie (@penfound_roger) May 14, 2017
Race of the season so far ? #Spain #F1
? Rich #LH44 #JB22 (@Rich_Williams24) May 14, 2017
Just watched the F1 race. Damn, I have to stress again how much the Mercedes/Ferrari fight ? The fight for the lead went on the whole race!
? Micha (@MichaTweetsF1) May 14, 2017
Loving #F1 2017! We’ve waited so very long for a proper tussle, but nobody is enjoying it more than @LewisHamilton & #Vettel! ???#SpanishGP
? Steven Robson (@StevenRobson) May 14, 2017
Excellent F1 so good to see such a good team player in @ValtteriBottas. Well don @LewisHamilton and @MercedesAMGF1 for the win today
? MonkeyboyF1 (@MonkeyboyF1) May 14, 2017
#F1 #SpanishGP crackin racing from all drivers today ?? #HAM44 @MercedesAMGF1 hammer time?#pole #win #fastestlap is close #Seb5 #MonacoGP
? Bones (@KappyFatony1970) May 14, 2017
really enjoying the @F1 season this year loving the battles between @McLarenF1 @LewisHamilton and @ScuderiaFerrari @Vettel_Formel1
? johndavies (@johndavies2104) May 14, 2017
Was all excited with 30 laps to go in #SpanishGP but it was a bit of a damp squib for the win. Pleased #Seb5 still smiling though.
? Hannah Collins (@hc2209) May 14, 2017
This year’s #SpanishGrandPrix was one of the best @F1 races I’ve seen in a while. Tough luck @ScuderiaFerrari! Good race @MercedesAMGF1
? Rohan Dekate (@TheKBuddy) May 14, 2017
#F1 is back! #F1Barcelona great to see some competitive racing between #lewishamilton and #Vettel ?
? Ben Smith (@BenSmith993T) May 14, 2017
Not a bad Grand Prix. Looks like the Vettel Hamilton battle will go the season. Been a while since there was a good 2 team fight #SpanishGP
? Nir Kahn (@Nir_Kahn) May 14, 2017
Breathless #SpanishGP, #Ham and #Vett both outstanding. No room for error. Great to see two drivers going at it so hard, for so long #C4F1
? Chris Buckle (@MrChrisBuckle) May 14, 2017
Another crap GP. You can try and dress it up but essentially nothing happened again other than one tyre based overtake #SpanishGP
? Jonny Huntridge (@jhuntridge) May 14, 2017
Exciting #SpanishGP !! ‘More twists & turns than a game of Snakes & Ladders’ lol! Congrats to @LewisHamilton on his 55th career WIN!!? #F1
? Marianne (@marianne_rocks1) May 14, 2017
Well, I dont know about you but I quite enjoyed that! #F1
Massive congratulations to @ForceIndiaF1 @SChecoPerez and @OconEsteban ??????????
? Melanie #468 (@TheMardyMare) May 14, 2017
That was an incredible race! Getting to see Lewis and Seb race wheel to wheel was awesome and is exactly what F1 needs. #SpanishGP
? Gregor (@gregor_milby) May 14, 2017
Brilliant Grand Prix ? well played @LewisHamilton ?? #F1Barcelona #f1 #C4F1
? Lynn (@lynn_pin) May 14, 2017
Just caught up with Spanish F1 GP. Now that’s more like it. Proper racing.
? Mick Seaman (@blade8960) May 14, 2017
In all honesty, wasn’t expecting much from the #SpanishGP some races here I’ve watched have been a bit dull, so am pleasantly surprised!
? May-Be-Sue????? (@F1Loopy) May 14, 2017
Only just caught up with the F1! What a race! SO enjoyable! Wish F1 was that close every weekend
? Jenna (@Jenna_x44) May 14, 2017
This is some race and a half. Wheel to wheel. What last season was missing #SpanishGP
? Bluey (@Blueystweets) May 14, 2017
Great #SpanishGP! Brilliant by Vettel, selfless by Bottas and relentless by Hamilton ? letting it all hang out.
? tom walton (@allcoherent) May 14, 2017
Most enjoyable? #spanishGP #C4F1
? Kelcie (@kelcielectric) May 14, 2017
Caught up on the #SpanishGP, highlight wasn’t the amazing overtakes, but the little lad meeting Räikkönen. Kudos to who made it happen! #F1
? Michael Paul Holden (@Mike_Holden_94) May 14, 2017
That was an enjoyable race. Shame its to be followed by the pretend-race that is Monaco #F1 #C4F1
? Jason Hancock (@FimusTauri) May 14, 2017
Great race in Barcelona Hamilton vs Vettel! F1 exciting again #SpanishGP
? Josh Wallace (@englishlad1990) May 14, 2017
Cracking motor race. Overtaking, strategy, defensive track craft, controversy. Really good stuff. #SpanishGP
? Stephen Briggs (@PTstephenB) May 14, 2017
Think F1 is in danger of becoming exciting again. Well done #lewishamilton #f1spain
? Andy Littleton (@MrALittleton) May 14, 2017
A very good #SpanishGP , I still believe that #Scuderiaferrari lost the race which they should have won from the outset.
? @Jonathan W ? (@flyhellas) May 14, 2017
Just finished watching the race and what a treat that was. If Barcelona can produce that, the rest of the season could be a classic #F1
? The NR F1 Podcast (@theNRF1) May 14, 2017
Very entertaining Grand Prix, probably the best so far this year ? #SpanishGP
? Damian Stack (@damianstack) May 14, 2017
Great to see drivers resting their necks and struggling to speak with exertion again in @F1 #properracing
? Jim Canfer (@jimcanfer) May 14, 2017
First race of the season today that I’ve thought “wow” that was spectacular #F1
? Adam Guthrie (@AdamGuthrie65) May 14, 2017
That moment when the engineers and the car are winning the race and you’re just the jockey #SpanishGP #lewishamilton #yawn #thisisdangerous?
? Kirsty (@WoooWaaar) May 14, 2017
F1 finally giving some entertainment. Well played Ferrari for catching up and giving us some action at the top ??
? Gavin King ? (@gavinking91) May 14, 2017
Brilliant racing today #SpanishGP well done to @LewisHamilton great win and bad luck to @Max33Verstappen chin up x
? jemma scott (@jemmascott54) May 14, 2017
#F1 is actually a tad exciting so far! Go Lewis!
? Lucy TH (@lubyloolucy) May 14, 2017
What an amazing @F1 race today! This season is turning into a classic, great time to be part of this amazing sport #SpanishGP #F1 #Pro53
? Pro 53 Ltd (@Pro53Ltd) May 14, 2017
Did #Formula1 just suddenly get a bit exciting again? Been a while? #F1
? Sekkides (@sekkidesphoto) May 14, 2017
Such an entertaining race today #SpanishGP Ready for a close battle for the Championship between @LewisHamilton and @f1_vettel ???
? Jess ? (@jess_car) May 14, 2017
Finally! Some wheel-to-wheel action with #Vettel vs. #Hamilton. This is more like it! #SpainGP #BarcelonaGP #F1 #C4highlights
? Philippa Demonte (@fLip_uk) May 14, 2017
Been casually shrieking at how close Vettel and Hamilton got during the #SpanishGP ? can’t even cope @C4F1 #C4F1 @F1 #F1
? Stephanie (@stephy_kate) May 14, 2017
F1 was on point today
? Teeny (@beccyhalliwell2) May 14, 2017
#F1 needs to look at how to balance the sport. #Hamilton & #Vettel almost lapped #Ricciardo in P3 #SpanishGP #Formel1 #formeluno
? jk (@AmJose_) May 14, 2017
#SpanishGP was a two car race. Third place was 1min.15sec. behind the winner. All other cars were +1 lap down at the finish! @LewisHamilton
? JETWAKE (@JETWAKE) May 14, 2017
That hamilton overtake on vettel. I live for moments like that. @MercedesAMGF1 #SpanishGP #F1
? CalmAfrican (@peter_emeraghi) May 14, 2017
That was a weird #SpanishGP. Some good racing but what in the world is going on with @WilliamsRacing. Horrendous showing. Lewis all class.
? Phil Doucet (@CoachPhilD) May 14, 2017
Can’t get into F1. It’s like reading from an Excel Spreadsheet live on TV. Dull.
? Alan Jenkins (@dothillrunner) May 14, 2017
9 laps into the F1 and i hear Karun talking about how strategy will be the only way things change #boreoff
? James B (@J8mes_b) May 14, 2017
If there was one race to be the winner of this year, THAT was it in Spain #GreatRace More of that please F1. Great stuff @LewisHamilton
? Lord H (@LordHasALamb) May 14, 2017
Everyone’s raving about Vettel. Was there an overtake in F1? ? #F1
? Markus Palttala (@markuspalttala) May 14, 2017
Epic #SpanishGP . Action packed. Big congrats to @LewisHamilton . Good team play from @ValtteriBottas. + The iceman being nice
? GRAHAM H (@Graham599) May 14, 2017
On an #F1 note, how much better off is this season already for having another team competing with Mercedes.
? Mike (@MikeBate93) May 14, 2017
A good #SpanishGP race upfront between Hamilton and Vettel. Intense part was in the middle and not the end this time. Two team fight = ??
? Andrew Sorrill (@AndrewsView) May 14, 2017
Amazing #SpanishGP, the duel between Vettel and @LewisHamilton we’ve been waiting for donkeys years! #F1
? Tom Blake ?? (@TBlake7) May 14, 2017
Suffice to say I enjoyed the #SpanishGP. Season’s turning out to be rather a good one. #F1
? Morris Dancer (@MorrisF1) May 14, 2017
I have to say that the Spanish GP was rather exciting today 🙂 #F1 #F1Barcelona
? ?S?? ?up? ???l?? ? (@at0micandy) May 14, 2017
If you haven’t watched a Formula One (F1) race, you’re missing out on the best racing in the world right now.
? Steve Carlson (@SteveCarlson77) May 14, 2017
#F1 Get rid of DRS, this is anti racing.
? Aurèle Rousse (@virgsach) May 14, 2017
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