It was a bittersweet victory for Ferrari in the Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya with their …umm..err..No.1 driver Felipe Massa clinching a Victory from Pole position whilst their real number one driver Kimi Raikkonen had to retire after only 9 laps due to a technical problem – Ferrari’s first in a long while! But the real winners of the day were McLaren and their rookie star Lewis Hamilton – McLaren strengthening their lead in the Constructors race with 58 points against Ferrari’s 49 and Lewis Hamilton taking over the lead in the Drivers’ standings with 30 points followed by teammate Fernando Alonso with 28. It was really a strong comeback from the McLaren team after their shoddy showing last year and this time around they are making it clear that they mean business this year. A job well begun is half-done and they sure have had a dream start to season.
Alonso’s dream of a home win however was blown away – first on Saturday when Massa stole the Pole position from right under his nose at the last possible minute and then again on Sunday when the Spaniard was swept away by his teammate as well as the two Ferrari drivers. It was only after Kimi’s retirement that Alonso could secure a podium finish. Saturday qualifying was quite an exciting affair but the Sunday race was so-so with many retirements and less gripping adrenaline-rushing moments. Webber, Trulli, Speed, Ralf and Heidfeld were some of the other retirees as eventually only fourteen drivers finished the race. BMW’s Robert Kubica finished a creditable fourth with David Coulthard coming fifth followed by Rosberg, Kovalainen and Sato in the final points scoring position. The next race is in two weeks time at Monte Carlo and hope that Kimi and Ferrari both come back with a vengeance to win.