Wow... That race was Formula One at it's best. I don't think the sport could have found a better way to pay tribute to Jules Bianchi.
Tribute to Jules
I don't really know what else to say about this, we all know what we have lost in Jules Bianchi and the tribute before the race was truly heartwarming.
Seeing all of the drivers gathered around makes you realise how close the Formula One community really is. This one was for you Jules, you will always be in our hearts.
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Lights out... Away we go
Well what a start it was, with both Ferrari's managing to slingshot ahead of the Mercedes. Daniel Ricciardo had yet another poor start, dropping down behind Valtteri Bottas and eventually his teammate Daniil Kvyat.
Going into the chicane on the first lap Lewis Hamilton was pushing a little too hard, he locked up and ran over the gravel, when he found his way back onto track he had dropped down to 10th.
Lap 43 saw the safety car come out after Nico Hulkenburg suffered a front wing failure, with his front wing snapping off going under his car and sending him straight into the tyre barrier.
After what had already been an amazingly entertaining race, the safety car gave it even more potential as we had Sebastian Vettel in the lead, with a down on power Kimi Raikkonen in second. He was followed by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, then Daniel Ricciardo.
After the restart, we saw Daniel Ricciardo try it around the outside of Hamilton. However the British driver locked up and went straight into the side of the Red Bull.
This forced Hamilton into the pits for a front wing change while Ricciardo was able to stay out.
Not long after the restart, Raikkonen was forced to retire after an electrical failure leaving him down on power.
In the final laps of the race, we saw a good battle between Rosberg and Ricciardo. It looked like the Red Bull wasn't going to be able to find a way past. However a desperate lunge forced him to run deep into the corner.
When Rosberg was coming back across he clipped Ricciardo's front wing giving himself a puncture. In the end we saw Sebastian Vettel come across the line in first with Kvyat in second and Ricciardo in thrid.
I also want to give a quick mention to Seb for his radio message after winning the race, it was very touching and said what everyone was thinking.
McLaren Doing Better
A quick mention to McLaren, this was definatley their best race of the season. Both cars were able to pick up points with Fernando Alonso securing fifth and Jenson Button claiming ninth.
I think that this was by far and away the best race of the season, with all of the incidents, the highs and lows. It had a little bit of everything and it was good to finally see a different podium to what we have become accustomed to seeing over the last two years.
Hopefully the return of Red Bull isn't temporary and they are able to carry this pace over to the rest of the season, but we will have to wait until after the summer break to find out.
How fitting it was that a Ferrari would win today's race, providing the perfect tribute to Jules, and an amazing send off it was.