• Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton, Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Drivers race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany leads the field after the start during the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix, at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, steers his car after the start of the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, leads the race after the start of the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg leads after the start of the at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg leads after the start of the at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton, Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Drivers race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives on his way to winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 12: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus drives during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
  • (L to R) Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso crosses the finish line at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • (L to R) Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mechanics work on the car of Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso in the pits at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / SERGIO PEREZSERGIO PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso wins at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Mercedes' Mexican driver Sergio Perez, Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa and Scuderia Toro Rosso's French driver Jean Eric Vergne drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa and Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber and McLaren Mercedes' Mexican driver Sergio Perez drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Mark Webber and McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Sauber's Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber's German driver Nico Hulkenberg and Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Caterham F1 Team's Dutch driver Guido Van Der Garde drives without a wheel at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Caterham F1 Team's Dutch driver Guido Van Der Garde drives without a wheel at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Caterham F1 Team's Dutch driver Guido Van Der Garde drives without a wheel at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button and McLaren Mercedes' Mexican driver Sergio Perez drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Scuderia Toro Rosso's Australian driver Daniel Ricardo and Scuderia Toro Rosso's French driver Jean Eric Vergne drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button and Force India's Scottish driver Paul di Resta drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel and Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa and Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENEALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENEALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Mercedes' Mexican driver Sergio Perez and Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Mechanics of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain change the wheels of his car during the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain steers his car during the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car for his second position of he Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany steers his car during the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Sergio Perez of Mexico steers his car during the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia steers his car during the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso steers his car for win the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, overtakes Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany during the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix, at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates his victory after wining the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • TOPSHOTS Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso celebrates on the podium at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain looks at his trophy after winning the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil celebrates at the podium with his trophy after his third position after the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • From left, second place Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, winner Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and third place Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil celebrate on the podium after winning the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix, at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • (L to R) Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa spray champagne on the podium at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso won the race ahead of Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso celebrates on the podium at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso won the race ahead of Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINITom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa celebrate on the podium at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • (L to R) Ferrari's team principal Stefano Domenicali, Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa celebrate on the podium at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
  • (L to R) Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa celebrate on the podium at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (L) Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso (C) and Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa celebrate on the podium at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
This year's Formula One season might qualify as being just as crazy as last year's, only it's a different kind of crazy. Instead of a new winner every Sunday, how the winner actually manages to take the victory is the mystery, and just when we thought the season might have settled into a groove regarding team performance, here comes the Spanish Grand Prix to remind us that we don't know anything until the race has been run.

There were many similarities to past weekends to being this one: Mercedes-AMG Petronas showed awesome one-lap pace, Fernando Alonso did well enough in qualifying to get fifth on the grid but talked up the race pace of the Ferrari, Kimi Räikkönen was the equivalent of a racing photobomber, never saying much but always showing up in the picture, Felipe Massa wasn't really big on the tires and McLaren might want to consider starting a blues band they spend so much time singing them.

Then the lights went green and things went nuts...


Both pole-sitter Nico Rosberg and teammate Lewis Hamilton cautioned about the race pace of their Mercedes' versus their qualifying pace, but we're sure neither had any idea how bad things would get once the lights turned green. Rosberg managed to hold onto the lead for the first 13 laps of the race, even after the first round of pit stops that began on Lap 9. However, on Lap 4, Rosberg got his first warning to look after one of his tires, and when he came out after his first pit stop, his tires didn't seem to have any race in them - he was passed by Alonso and Sebastian Vettel in the Infiniti Red Bull on his out lap, Räikkönen in the Lotus two laps later, and would spend the rest of the race on a four-stop strategy fighting his losses, dropping back to sixth place at the finish.

Hamilton wishes the day had gone so well. After flat-spotting into the first corner on the first lap, he was fourth by the start of the second lap and struggled with his tires and his car. By Lap 15, he was down to ninth, passed by Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso. By Lap 25 he was out of the top ten and by Lap 28 he was down to 15th and radioed his engineer, "I've just been overtaken by a Williams." On Lap 55 he was lapped. He managed to reclaim three places to finish in 12th, and although he was at a loss for answers when trying to explain where the problem is with the car he wasn't morose, saying, "We don't know where it is at the moment, otherwise we would fix it immediately, but I'm sure the guys will find it."



Championship leader Vettel - who's been the man to beat when Pirelli brings the hard compound to a race - gained a place on the first lap to claim second position and stayed right behind Rosberg all the way into the pits on Lap 11. While Rosberg came out in the lead, though, Vettel came out in third behind Alonso. Vettel would use Alonso as the rabbit for this stint, following him past Rosberg on Lap 13 but then slowly losing time to Alonso and, on Lap 15, being told to look after his tires. Vettel stayed in the top four with Alonso, Massa and Räikkönen, but his Infiniti Red Bull looked earthly this race, and after a battle with Räikkönen that went on for nearly ten laps, Vettel was again told not to fight Raikkonen so hard that he killed his own race. Räikkönen finally got by on Lap 33 and from there Vettel settled into a quiet race to fourth, finishing almost ten seconds ahead of his teammate Mark Webber. The No. 2 Infiniti Red Bull got another horrific start, dropping from eighth at the start to 11th, but was one of the few racers on the grid who managed to make a big jump from the green flag to the checkered, ending the race in fifth.

It was Alonso and Raikkonen that would keep everyone guessing until the end – well, if not guessing, at least Raikkonen kept it game for most of the race. Alonso, in third position by the third turn of the first lap, passed Rosberg on Lap 13 and then his Ferrari owned the track – whenever Alonso wasn't in the pits he was putting more distance between himself and the rest of the field. He was so quick that at one point that after emerging from the pits he began lapping three seconds quicker than the cars in the lead. Even though Raikkonen only did a three-stopper to Alonso's four, Alonso had so much time in hand that when he did his final stop on Lap 37, he came out less than two seconds behind Raikkonen, then got by him two laps later in the DRS zone on the main straight. There was nothing the Lotus could do – Raikkonen has been saying ever since his win in Australia that the E20 needs more pace – and Alonso finished in first roughly a dozen seconds ahead of the Finn.



Joining them on the podium was Massa, who was demoted to ninth place on the grid for impeding Webber during qualifying, but was sixth by Lap 2 and got up to second for much of the race, not troubling his teammate but sparring with Raikkonen and Vettel on track and during pit stops. On Lap 37 the Ferrari team machine ran so well that Alonso and Massa pitted together. Alonso was able to breeze past Raikkonen after that stop, but Massa – who said he didn't have the tires, again – had to be happy with third.



The final order was Alonso, Raikkonen, Massa, Vettel, Webber, Rosberg, di Resta, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez and Ricciardo. Button described the performance of his McLaren as "a little embarrassing" but still mananged to come from 14th on the grid to 8th at the finish. A clash with teammate Perez this time was avoided, both cars apparently told not to fight, Perez finishing in the same ninth place in which he began. Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus would retire on Lap 10 after contact with Adrian Sutil in the Force India. Both di Resta and Ricciardo continue to do good things with their chassis', the Scotsman taking his Force India from tenth on the grid to seventh, Ricciardo adding another point to his standings in the Driver's Championship. He's now one point ahead of teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, who had to retire with damage after a collision with Nico Hülkenberg and a tire delamination, and just five points behind Perez and ten behind Button.



Alonso's win gives him 72 points, good for third position behind Vettel with 89 and Mr. Consistent Kimi Räikkönen with 85. From there it's a plunge back to Hamilton (50), Massa (45) and Webber (42). It looks better for the Scuderia in the Constructor's race, Infiniti Red Bull leading on 131 points, Ferrari at 117 and Lotus with 111. Pirelli has said it will be working on new compounds, believing the number of four-stopping cars might have been a bit much, but they won't be ready in time for the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks. The race in the harbor, always good for a surprise pole position and a winner out of nowhere, should continue the season's unpredictability.


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      Chris Fabri
      • 1 Year Ago
      No mention of Alonso's frankly amazing move on lap one at turn 3 to pass Raikkonen and Hamilton. I rewinded the DVR to watch it 3 or 4 times.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris Fabri
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      sparrk
      • 1 Year Ago
      I quit watching F1 after it got boring and i don't understand how this tire thing works, does Pirelli just bring whatever crappy tires they want and all teams must use them ?
        ToyotaSupraMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sparrk
        Yep. The tire manufacturer says "this race weekend you will have hard and medium compunds" and that's what the teams are able to use.
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      There were like 77 pitstops but it was not a lottery. Ferrari had the best set up for these lousy tires and Alonso ran away with it in the end. Nonetheless, Pirelli have gone overboard in making tires degrade faster. Alonso was lifting off massively in the fast corners the entire race so that the tire allocation would last to the end. Pirelli need to fix this situation. I don\'t watch to see people coasting.
        Shahul X
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RocketRed
        Yea I hate seeing how fast the cars can be (See Mercedes Petronas), but then watch as they all pace the cars to see whos tires degrade the least or whos car is setup to make crappy tires degrade the least...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RocketRed
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      Emmsys
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's a few ways to look at this race. You can say that the tires are ruining the spectacle of racing because the drivers are forced to manage their tires more than pushing their cars to the limits. You can also say that the better drivers will manage the tires while pushing the car as much as they can. Also the better engineers will figure out how to minimize tire wear. I would say both views are valid. I am not a fan of watching a driver win a race by 30-40 seconds but it was great to watch Alonso give an F1 clinic. While Red Bull were whining about tires Alonso was lapping 3.8 seconds faster than Vettel at one point. I am sure many people want the tire situation to change but for now this is what we have and Ferrari and Lotus managed the situation better than everyone else.
        RocketRed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Emmsys
        One thing you cannot say is that it shows that better drivers are doing something better than others. When Alonso is coasting through very difficult high-speed corners, the ones that usually separate the good from the great in racing because of tires or because of anything, the racing is losing something essential. Coasting at the right speed is a skill, but I offer that it is an easier skill develop than the ability to drive a massivley powerful car with massive downforce through a 4-G corner with precision. It doesn\'t take a \"better\" driving to coast better. But I agree that Alonso put on a clinic. He was brilliant in managing the situation at hand. Howewver, this is a clinic that I can pass on again.
        Autoblogist
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Emmsys
        Doesn\'t equate in my opinion. If these cars are meant to be the pinnacle of performance, limiting them with tires is contradictory to this. You have drivers that can push a veh performance with their own skill, wouldn\'t say tire saving is a skill to promote in this type of racing. It\'s always been a part of the equation, just no the constant deciding factor. KERS and DRS has help with the parade, but Perilli needs to pump their brakes a bit here. The 2012 tires were fine and at the end of the season ,I think most teams were satisfied. It created the 2-3 stop races, why the thought they needs to expand even more on this is beyond me. Now Paul Embry is trying to take a defensive stance saying this is what they were told to do. I doubt, they are taking way more liberty than what was given and they got carried away during this season. Bring the 2012 rubber back and call it a day.