Unriddling the Spanish Grand Prix

Unriddling the Spanish Grand Prix

The Spanish Grand Prix turned out to be thrilling race, but the strategies and position changes made it an event that was hard to follow. Adam Cooper explains how the race unfolded

Every race so far this year has given us another lesson in how a grand prix can unfold under the 2011 rules. Last weekend a track notorious for dull Sunday afternoons produced a gripping contest with the three top teams – and three greatest drivers of the era – all involved in the lead battle.

It was a fascinating event from start to finish, and one that produced some surprises. With all the talk about how important qualifying really is this year who could imagine that a driver could jump straight from fourth – on the dirty side of the grid – into the lead? Or that despite inferior pace and all the fuss about DRS passing being easy, the same driver would still be leading on lap 19? Or indeed that in 44 subsequent laps he would then drop from the lead to being lapped?

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