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Things we learned from the Spanish Grand Prix

Five things we learned from the Spanish Grand Prix.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

14 May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - The Spanish Grand Prix may have been a slow burner, but we still learned a few things.

 

Marussia are pulling away from Caterham - On Thursday Max Chilton commented that he believed the Marussia was the better car. While he might be biased, he's right.

Caterham struggled at the Circuit de Catalunya and Marcus Ericsson told F1Plus he didn't feel their upgrades had worked as planned.

Marussia consistently finished ahead of Caterham all weekend and believe they are closing the gap to Sauber.

 

Red Bull are best of the rest - Okay, we kind of knew this already but the Red Bulls proved that they were second best to Mercedes.

The team, mostly Sebastian Vettel, have struggled so far this season but their third and fourth place finish secures their spot as best of the rest.

 

Ferrari are not happy - It's been 12 months since Ferrari won a race and the Spaniard says they haven't been a position to win one during that period.

On Sunday after the race Alonso said the team needed to work harder and look at every area of the car.

Luca Di Montezemolo was present in the paddock in Barcelona and said he was ‘not happy’ with the Maranello based teams performance this year.

 

Lotus have made a step forward - The Spanish Grand Prix was perhaps the first time we've seen the E22 look competitive. Romain Grosjean qualified fifth and went onto finish eighth, picking up the team's first points of the year.

Both drivers suffered issues during the race and say there is yet more to come from the car.

 

Williams are more competitive than McLaren - At the start of the season few people could have predicted this. Williams have picked up 46 points this year with Valtteri Bottas leading the charge for points.

Bottas' fifth place finish in Spain means Williams overtake McLaren in the constructors' title.

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