Never in a million years would we have expected what happened in Barcelona. If ever there was a fairytale in Formula One, than the Spanish Grand Prix 2016 was certainly one. For a teenager to win their first race in his first race for a team is quite some achievement, and now puts Max Verstappen in superstar status.
It was a bit of an unfortunate fall out for Mercedes, heading back to Monaco where things flared up between the two last season. To proportion blame between the two drivers is difficult, really it was a racing accident. Rosberg could have yielded knowing that he had much less power, but instead tried to block him off and then kept going seemingly oblivious that he was already there. While should Lewis have kept attacking down the inside with an ever decreasing gap. We’re never going to know, but the upshot means we go to Monaco with many unanswered questions.
Ferrari have even more questions to answer, their pace just disappeared in Barcelona and allowed Red Bull to take the win with an open door. Really, it should have been Ferrari and they dropped the ball once again. They even put Sebastian Vettel in the car for testing so they could work out the problems they encountered. With ‘Renault’ bringing an upgraded engine to Monaco, the battle is going to intensify at the front.
Williams will be an interesting team to watch in Monaco, they have really struggled with the car there over the last few years. They have said that it is improved in slow speed corners which will of course help around the twisty, narrow streets – but can they really solve those problems. A look to Canada and Austria with the high speed nature they bring might leave them behind this weekend.
As usual, the unusual layout of Monaco gives the opportunity of those who might not be able to get points in standard circumstances a point or two. Maybe Manor can strike again on the track they scored their first and only set of points thanks to a fantastic drive by Jules Bianchi. If it wasn’t for those points, the team wouldn’t be here today.