The Grand Prix of Spain - Who can continue the tradition?
In the last 10 years, 10 different drivers won the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, so the question is whether that streak could be continued.
From Massa to Verstappen
The unusual streak started in 2007 when Felipe Massa won the race driving for Ferrari. The Scuderia again triumphed in 2008 but this time with Kimi Raikkonen as a driver, while Jenson Button of Brawn GP won the 2009 race. In 2010 the Red Bull driver Mark Webber won the race while his teammate Sebastian Vettel triumphed in the following year.
The winner of 2012 Spanish Grand Prix was the Williams driver Pastor Maldonado what was one of the biggest surprises in the history of modern Formula 1. Local crowd favorite Fernando Alonso won the race with Ferrari in 2013 what was followed by two wins of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in 2014 and 2015. Finally, Max Verstappen surprised last year by winning the Spanish Grand Prix on his debut with Red Bull Racing.
Bottas is the logical pick
It will be quite interesting to see whether this streak could be continued. If the victory of the Dutch teenager last year was a bit sensational, it looks like there is a big chance that another new face could reach the top spot on the podium. Obviously, the answer is Valtteri Bottas. The Finn in Mercedes won the last race in Russia what was his maiden F1 victory. Driving a powerful and reliable Mercedes F1 car, he has an opportunity to continue his winning streak but also to prolong a tradition started in 2007 Spanish Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo is another driver who probably can continue the tradition. Last year we predicted that the Australian can win the race and he was close to doing so. However, this year Red Bull is not as convincing and Daniel’s form is far from perfect, so his victory looks quite unlikely at the moment. Just some incredible set of circumstances can lead to the victory of any other driver who had never won at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.