Round 05 Spain

  • In a similar situation to Saturday, the team spent the majority of the day focusing on just one car as Pierre’s race was over at the third corner when he was an innocent party in an incident for Romain Grosjean that caused race-ending damage.

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CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, Spain, May 13, 2018

In a similar situation to Saturday, the team spent the majority of the day focusing on just one car as Pierre’s race was over at the third corner when he was an innocent party in an incident for Romain Grosjean that caused race-ending damage.

Brendon made a good start but then reported vibrations and made an early pit stop under the Safety Car, leaving him on a different strategy to many of the other cars. He showed good pace in clear air to climb through the field from the back of the grid and managed to get ahead of Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber in the final stint to move up to 12th position. Brendon was closing on Lance Stroll in 11th but ran out of laps to challenge the Williams. We then told him to stop the car as a precaution after crossing the finish line after noticing an anomaly on the data, but following an investigation it turned out to be nothing serious.

Comments

TOYOHARU TANABE | TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HONDA F1
“Before the race, we had hoped for a points finish with Pierre starting from twelfth on the grid. Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, he was caught up in Grosjean’s accident and had to retire on the opening lap.

The whole team did a good job last night to fix Brendon’s car after his crash, allowing him to finish the race. After the chequered flag, Brendon pulled over immediately as we spotted an anomaly on the telemetry, but it’s nothing serious. Now we have a busy week ahead, with two days of testing here in Barcelona, while also preparing for the next race in Monaco.”

BRENDON HARTLEY
“I had a clean start and made up a few positions on the first lap. The mechanics did an amazing job to get the car ready for today - it was actually finished last night - we just had to do the car setup this morning. We decided to pit under the first safety car and go straight on to the medium to effectively do a one-stop.

It worked, but it meant we lost a lot a couple of positions in the beginning. It was difficult to overtake today, I think some of the cars around us had a bit more top speed which made life difficult. I had a good overtake on Marcus at the end to get 12th and if I had made the overtake a little bit earlier there would have been the chance for 11th as well, because the pace was definitely there at the end of the race.”

PIERRE GASLY
“Starting from P12, we were two positions away from P10 so points were clearly the target. Unfortunately, we couldn’t achieve any, which is a shame. It’s only the fifth race of the season but it’s a missed opportunity. The crash with Romain at the start was a big mess, I saw some space on the inside with Nico and I tried to cut the corner as much as possible, but suddenly he came back completely towards us.

It took both Nico and myself out. It seems like every weekend I have a peak of adrenaline with different incidents! Clearly it’s a big shame not to be able to fight with the others and get a good result. The impact was big but I am fine, I’m just disappointed to be out on lap 1, because you work all weekend for the race and the chance to fight for points, but the excitement ended pretty quickly. Now we just need to focus on the test next week.”

Results

Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 05: Spain

Race

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas
7 Carlos Sainz Renault
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren
9 Sergio Perez Force India
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber
11 Lance Stroll Williams
12 Brendon Hartley Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
14 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
NC Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
NC Esteban Ocon Force India
NC Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
NC Romain Grosjean Haas
NC Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
NC Nico Hulkenberg Renault

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