Grand Prix 2021 Spanish Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Disccussion

At one time, a formula 1 race in Spain meant appalling safety standards, the likelihood of a severe crash and just occasionally some spectacular racing. From the high wing failures on both Lotus cars at the 1969 race, that brought an end to that era of aerodynamic design, to the wheel to wheel run down the main straight by Mansell and Senna in 1991, there was plenty to talk about.

At a time when F1 needed to do more to promote the safety of the sport, by complete chance a Spanish surgeon Doctor Cara De Comadreja contacted Formula One owner Bernard Charles Ecclestone with an intriguing proposal. The good doctor was worried about the increasing use of drugs to anesthetise patients and wondered if it would be possible to use sport to distract patients from pain during operations.

Ecclestone, well known for his philanthropy immediately latched on to this idea and with his friend and circuit designer Herman Tilke set about revising the Barcelona racetrack to enable this unique medical experiment to take place.

Doctor De Comadreja, one of the most skilled Proctologists in Europe, began her experiments in the late 90’s using minor surgical practices. A patient was placed face down on a bed with a hole cut out to enable the patient to view a TV screen placed below the bed. The race would be played live in order to gauge immediate responses while the medical procedures were undertaken.

The world’s first motorsport anesthetised minor surgical operation took place on the 10th May 1998 when 39-year-old Spaniard Pieza De Anillo had a rather large haemorrhoid removed. The surgery was a complete success with De Anillo claiming he never felt a thing.

Over the next 4 or 5 years, Doctor Comadreja expanded on the range and number of surgeries undertaken using this method to include colonoscopies, buttock lifts and back, sack and crack hair removal treatments.

Encouraged by this, a new circuit was designed to take the concept of race induced anesthetising to the next level. This would require a new and even duller circuit to be built on the streets around the Spanish city of Valencia. After a test operation during the first event in 2008 proved a complete success, new and more complicated surgeries could now be undertaken. Perhaps the greatest of these was the worlds first buttocks transplant which took place in 2011 and was entirely without any pain killing drug intervention. The patient recovered after 25 hours of deep and restful sleep with no ill effects at all.

Unfortunately, a double tragedy occurred in 2012. Firstly, the May 2012 Spanish Grand Prix was unusually exciting. With Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado leading his first and the first race for Williams in years, it was all set up to be a thriller. No one could have predicted this and certainly not Pata Torcida, the young 21-year-old who underwent a simple operation to rectify a twisted testicle. Leaping up on lap 25 when Maldonado executed the perfect undercut on Fernando Alonso, he’d failed to notice that Doctor Comadreja had yet to release his twig and berries from the surgical clamps holding them during the operation. Later investigations proved that Torcida’s scream briefly hit 145 decibels which, by complete coincidence is exactly the peak sound of a pre-2014 Formula 1 engine running at full power.

In the second incident, later that same year at Valencia, the race was so incredibally dull that, after undertaking a deep clean and polish of their rectum and associated pipe work, it proved impossible to wake the patient up. It turns out that the race was so boring that Cara De Culo slept soundly for 5 months 3 weeks 2 days and 11 hours. Her husband tried to sue the Spanish health authority as he’d been sat at home all that time waiting for someone to make his tea. The case was thrown out on a technicality. Which roughly translates as “A cheque from FOM” in German.

So, since 2012 no further medical procedures have taken place and as of today the experiment remains on hold until further safeguards can be devised. That said, it has been agreed that no attempt will be made to liven the Spanish race up and anything interesting that happens on track is nothing short of a miracle.

(authors note – there may be a large number of inaccuracies in this story)
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
for a Spanish GP that was alright unusually it didnt put me to sleep by lap 30, hamilton was quicker car today. because he loves the track its his 10th podium, today he was the 1st time he hadnt led the spanish gp for 3 years, when he had the chance he always finished on the podium here, the times he didnt it, was things out of his control. wouldve probally won today regardless of what verstappen did
2009 the car was very uncompetitive
2010 wheel rim broke from 2nd place
2012 thrown off pole, because of fuel irregularity
2013 started on pole & mercedes chewed it tyres very aggressively
2016 Rosberg took him out by running him off the track

but saying this i said last week with perez that i felt that the Red Bull strategy left alot to be desired, stuffed Perez in portimao by pitting him 7 laps too late, costing him a shot at bottas, max today & come to thing of it, they lost him it in bahrain. they very slow to react or far to stubborn almost over ambitious. because these are supposed to extremely bright people on pit wall. so how come they didnt realise they were never going to hold him back. hungary 19 should have been the teller because he had nothing left Pirelli themselves said 40 laps. according to "AWS" which is usually alot more accurate than the tyre gauge he had 1 or 2 laps to pit because on similar tyres he would've had far better opportunity to hold him off than today, max verstappen must be secretly annoyed but for better strategy he wouldve been 2 even 3 wins
 

The Artist.....

Champion Elect
for a Spanish GP that was alright unusually it didnt put me to sleep by lap 30, hamilton was quicker car today. because he loves the track its his 10th podium, today he was the 1st time he hadnt led the spanish gp for 3 years, when he had the chance he always finished on the podium here, the times he didnt it, was things out of his control. wouldve probally won today regardless of what verstappen did
2009 the car was very uncompetitive
2010 wheel rim broke from 2nd place
2012 thrown off pole, because of fuel irregularity
2013 started on pole & mercedes chewed it tyres very aggressively
2016 Rosberg took him out by running him off the track

but saying this i said last week with perez that i felt that the Red Bull strategy left alot to be desired, stuffed Perez in portimao by pitting him 7 laps too late, costing him a shot at bottas, max today & come to thing of it, they lost him it in bahrain. they very slow to react or far to stubborn almost over ambitious. because these are supposed to extremely bright people on pit wall. so how come they didnt realise they were never going to hold him back. hungary 19 should have been the teller because he had nothing left Pirelli themselves said 40 laps. according to "AWS" which is usually alot more accurate than the tyre gauge he had 1 or 2 laps to pit because on similar tyres he would've had far better opportunity to hold him off than today, max verstappen must be secretly annoyed but for better strategy he wouldve been 2 even 3 wins
I think that the only chance Max had was to stop 6-7 laps later, and stick on the soft tyres, but even then it would have been very risky, as he’d have to overtake Hamilton on the track. Once Hamilton had stopped, Verstappen was always going to be lacking track position.
 

P1

Pole Sitter
Not having a no2 driver for RedBull up with Verstappen has helped Mercedes again.
My sense is Perez could play that role if he was given enough seat time. We know from last season what he can do with a car he is familiar with. The lack of testing has really screwed him.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
thats a good point but considering how terrible the tyres were & 1:19 he would pumping in, he wouldve breezed past 3 seconds clear
 
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