Finally, the two greatest drivers of the current generation went against each other wheel to wheel and man what was expected to be a boring Spanish Grand Prix instead turned on its head and became a nail biter instead.
Vettel nailed the start and led the race and played the strategic game pitting early. At one point he had a 6-second advantage but Vandoorne rather bemusing clash with Massa bought the VSC and Vettel’s lead was gone when the German pitted having to bolt on Mediums while his rival was on Soft.
The two battled brilliantly on Vettel held on for as long as he could but couldn’t keep the Brit behind for too long and he ultimately had to contend with 2nd.
Oh and Ricciardo finished 3rd. He ran a lonely race though.
Ferrari and Mercedes both suffered terminal damage with their second cars though. Kimi got tagged by Bottas at the start and ran into Verstappen ending both their races, while Bottas later retired with an engine failure.
This Kid was lucky though.
Behind the top 3, best of the rest were once again the pink panthers Force India with Perez leading Ocon home.
Hulkenberg made a terrific start once again and from P13 went on to finish P6 for Renault.
Home hero Sainz finished strong too with P7 with his team-mate Kvyat finishing P9.
But the star of the race must go to Pascal Wehrlien who actually finished P7 but was hit by a 5-second penalty for diving into the pits later and not before the bollard. Crap if you ask me that that did not stop the German from finishing P8 in the end.
Grosjean ended up P10 benefitting at the expense of his teammate who got a double puncture battling Kvyat 2 laps from the end.
Just outside the points was Ericsson in what was a strong finish for Sauber. The Heartbreak for the race has to be the other home hero Alonso who just was in a league of his own yesterday but was the victim of first lap tussle between the leader getting shoved off the track by Massa and fell by the wayside before fighting on to ultimately finish P12.
Massa and Magnussen too were victims of bad luck and separate incidents saw them finish P13 and P14.
Palmer’s struggles continue compared to Hulkenberg who is doing no favors to his young teammate at all.
He wasn’t last though it was actually Stroll.
This is the final standings of today’s race.
And yeah, the championship battle is ONNN!