The Spanish GP was a good one in terms of the racing and strategies, unless you happened to be driving a Mercedes that is. But now, heading in to Monte Carlo, resident Fantasy GP expert, Simon Cevert discusses the performances up and down the grid in terms of Fantasy GP.
Mercedes’ epic qualifying pace didn’t pay off on Sunday and Rosberg’s surprising pole caught out nearly every Fantasy GP player – over half of fantasy players predicted Vettel for pole, another quarter Alonso, with very few predicting Rosberg.
On Sunday both Mercedes drivers went backwards, unable to look after their tyres over a race distance. The biggest team scorer was Ferrari – Alonso with a dominant win and Massa a solid third. Both drivers scored heavily with bonus points for positions gained too.
Kimi Raikkonen once again proved his worth with a strong second place. People with Lotus as one of their teams were left to rue Grosjean’s DNF through no fault of his own. Red Bull were unspectacular in Spain but salvaged some decent points with fourth and fifth. Webber outscored Vettel thanks to making up two spots over his starting position.
Both McLaren’s finished in the points, albeit eighth and ninth. Button proved his worth at looking after his tyres, moving up six places from his qualifying position (and earning 18 bonus points in the process!). Force India continue to look strong, although they were once again blighted by pit-stop woes that denied Sutil a chance of a points finish. Paul di Resta had a strong run to seventh. Esteban Gutierrez was the surprise package in Spain. He managed to make up eight places during the race in his Sauber – giving him a haul of 24 bonus points. Raikkonen scored the same amount of points for his second place finish plus bonus points from fourth to second! Gutierrez also secured the fastest lap of the race – again not many players predicted that one!
At the back of the grid, Charles Pic made steady progress as others retired, making up five places over the course of the race. That was enough to give him the highest points haul out of the Caterham/Marussia drivers. 64% of players correctly guessed that there would be no safety cars in Spain – what are the odds on seeing at least one in Monaco? Good luck everyone!