The Spanish GP offered a more exciting race than expected, although the tradition of the winner starting on the front row continued when Pastor Maldonado won from pole. Maldonado drove a great race and didn’t give into pressure from Fernando Alonso (despite losing out to him at the start) and there were many moves up and down the field which were exciting, however, my race highlight is Lewis Hamilton’s finishing position. McLaren have not been having the best time of late and Hamilton being sent to the back of the grid after qualifying was a disappointment. However, today he made a two stop strategy work, with a 30 lap second stint on the hard compound tyres, and finished ahead of his team-mate in eighth place. He drove cleanly through the field, overtaking a number of cars, including both Toro Rosso cars in a matter of corners. For someone who has been heavily criticised in the past for his tyre conservation, he did a great job today to make the most out of a bad day yesterday.
On the topic of tyres, they have been the subject of tyres over the past few weeks with Michael Schumacher in particular being critical of the rate of degradation. As we saw in China, with Kimi Räikkönen dropping right down the order and out of the points within one lap, tyres can “fall off the cliff” unexpectedly and disrupt the order. Today Hamilton made his hard and more durable tyres last thirty laps while some drivers stopped after only seven or eight laps to change their soft tyres. Do you enjoy the rate of degradation and the unpredictable element it provides to the racing, or do you agree with Michael Schumacher that the levels of degradation are too high?