At the end of winter testing most F1 insiders were sure about the fact that Mercedes was still dominant and the team to beat, with Ferrari catching them after a solid improvement already made last year.
Once the green light turned on, it was clearly evident that Ferrari was on the same level of the team which dominated in the last four years, with the Championship being an exclusive affair between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
In these years of Mercedes domination was so easy to predict races and Pole Position; this year, the circus is making fun of us, with every race being crazy and unpredictable (just think of Baku: nothing was for sure until the chequered flag).
Every team is growing so much, and Barcelona is the home of technical upgrades: so much is expected during this weeken. The fight at the top is on fire, with Sebastian Vettel, who has to recover from two difficult races (China and Azerbaijan), and Lewis Hamilton, who has just conquered the first win of the year only in Baku.
Never underestimate both Finnish drivers: Kimi Raikkonen is in a perfect shape, we haven’t seen him like this in years. Valtteri Bottas, otherwise, has the goal to take back what was his: if there was a driver woth to win the Baku GP, that was him, but the Mercedes driver had to retire thanks to a pucture. Maybe both Finnish drivers are cursed with bad luck, but they will sure try to end this and to recover as soon as possible.
Another team who needs to recover is Red Bull: the last race has been distrastrous, with the two team mates fighting together for most of the race, until the contact that forced both to retire. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are both in a difficult position: one has to take a decision about his future, if it will continue in Milton Keynes or away from there, the other one is without a doubt the future of the team, which wants to be World Champion with him. What’s for sure is that both need to finish the Spanish Grand Prix, stay on track and not hurt anyone, or we all know what Marko will do (remember that exactly two years ago, Max Verstappen stepped in Red Bull replacing Kvyat during the Spanish Grand Prix, which he also won).
The Midfield is giving us a lot of surprises too: the Pink Panthers are back in the game after a delusional start of the season. Checo Perez scored his eight career podium, but there are several drivers hungry for it.
Nico Hulkenberg and local heroes Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso are starving to get on Podium (especially Alonso, after his win at the Spa 6 Hours). Toro Rosso can give us some surprises, with their Honda engines, and rookie Charles Leclerc is super charged after his 6th place finish in Baku.
Technical upgrades are expecting for most teams, and this can change everything or not: what’s for sure is that the Spanish Grand Prix can maybe be a turning point for someone, as for Mercedes’s B version last year, or can give us some spectacular twists (again, anyone rembers the fratricidal contact between Rosberg and Hamilton?), but it will surely be another unpredictable race, and we can’t wait to know what the end will be.