'Horrible for racing': F1 world pans GP

The Mercedes' dominance has continued with Lewis Hamilton claiming yet another victory in the Spanish Grand Prix in a race that had few surprises in the 66-lap race.

Hamilton claimed his fifth Spanish Grand Prix win, as he became the 22nd driver out of 30 races to go from pole position to the top of the podium at the Barcelona track.

It was his 156th podium, going one ahead of Michael Schumacher's record but the fans were still not happy with social media bored by a rather predictable race.

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The win never seemed in doubt with Hamilton winning the race by 24 seconds to Red Bull's Max Verstappen and 44 seconds to Valteri Bottas.

The leading drivers lapped everyone else on track in a dominant display.

Sadly though, the complete domination detracted from another masterful performance from Hamilton as he once again made history but it was overshadowed by how good the British champion and his Mercedes are.

Another big with for Lewis Hamilton.
Another big with for Lewis Hamilton.

Fans pointed to the decision for tyre supplier Pirelli to go to a harder compound as an issue as the tyre problems that have marred the last two weeks of racing barely getting a mention.

While Verstappen had some issues that led to some cranky battles with his team, it barely impacted the race.

"These tyres have nothing left," he said on team radio before his first pit. "Do I have to repeat it again? This tyre is dead."

He then admonished his team for telling him how Hamilton was going with his race engineer telling him "Keep your head down Max, please."

In the 42nd lap, arguably the most interesting thing happened with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc spinning out when his engine turned off.

When he couldn't turn it back on, he took his seatbelt off before the engine restarted. He then limped back to the garage for his first mechanical retirement.

There was more history than Hamilton's podium record as well with Kimi Raikkonen claiming the record for having driven the most distance in F1 history.

But fans were not happy with the race, taking to social media to share a big yawn for another one-sided result with even the threat of rain unable to add intrigue to proceedings.

Ars Technica journalist Jonathan Gitlin tweeted: "This was a bad race, F1."

Canadian motorsport journalist Jeff Pappone commented: "F1 can keep Barcelona as a test track, but it's horrible for racing..."

It's not Lewis Hamilton's fault he's so dominant.
It's not Lewis Hamilton's fault he's so dominant.

After two major crashes shocked in the Moto2 and MotoGP races, evo India magazine editor Sirish Chandran posted: "MotoGP should not preceed F1. Anti climax..."

Welsh TV presenter Gareth Jones said: "I think slow-mo chess might be even more exciting that a race at Circuit de Catalunya" after one of his followers was looking for entertainment in the snooker.

MTV India presenter Nikhil Chinapa also said: "I think Pirelli brought a harder compound tire to this weekend, compared to Silverstone last weekend. Ended up making the race super boring."


But a win is a win and Hamilton was happy for the points, putting him in the box seat for a seventh world championship title and in sight of Schumacher's most race wins record, where he is currently three wins behind.

"I was just in a daze, I felt really good out there today," he said. "We had this problem with the tyres, and an understanding of what happened last week enabled us to get that result today - the strategy we had was just right.

"I didn't even realise what lap it was - I was ready to keep going."

For Aussie fans, Daniel Ricciardo's bad weekend continued, going from 13th to 11th on the grid, narrowly missing out on points as he got close to McLaren's Lando Norris in 10th but ultimately didn't have the opportunity to overtake on the closing laps.


1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 

2nd: Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 

3rd: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

4th: Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

5th: Sergio Perez (Racing Point)

6th: Carlos Sainz (McLaren) 

7th: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

8th: Alexander Albon (Red Bull)

9th: Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

10th: Lando Norris (McLaren)

Originally published as 'Horrible for racing': F1 world pans GP