Mark Webber has clinched his first grand prix win of the season in Spain following his pole position start. The Australian who led pretty much the entire race finished ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso after taking over second place from Lewis Hamilton who crashed at the dying moments of the race. The final podium position went to Webber’s teammate Sebastian Vettel who was nursing his car to the finish line.
Michael Schumacher raced his Mercedes Formula 1 car to fourth place after fending off championship leader Jenson Button from McLaren. The other Ferrari of Felipe Massa’s crossed the finish line in sixth place followed by Force India’s Adrian Sutil, Renault’s Robert Kubica and Williams’ Rubens Barrichello after starting the race way down in 17th place. Jaime Alguersuari rounded off the top ten for Toro Rosso.
Lotus Racing’s Jarno Trulli led the new teams and finished the 66-lap race in 17th place. Both the Virgin drivers were the last ones to cross the finish line. Both the Hispania drivers and Heikki Kovalainen in the other Lotus retired. The latter did not even make the start. The other two drivers who joined the retirement list were Pedro de la Rosa from Sauber and Sebastien Buemi from Toro Rosso.
Instead of a wet race as predicted earlier it was a dry affair with very few incidents. Not much drama when the lights went green and towards the end of Lap 3 it was Webber who was leading ahead of Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Button, Schumacher and Massa.
The first few scheduled pitstops took place after Lap 12 and as the dust settled it was still Webber in the lead but Hamilton was second ahead of Vettel. Schumacher also managed to jump to fifth place and went on to keep Button at bay till the end of the race. Schumacher proved that he still has what it takes to race and entertained viewers with his blocking abilities. It wasn’t the same case for teammate Nico Rosberg who spent most of the time in the mid-field.
Both Toro Rosso drivers were slapped with drive through penalties mid-way through the race and the top three positions remained the same. After Lap 52 Vettel dropped to fourth place as he was suffering from brake-related issues. At that point Webber was in front of Hamilton and Alonso. However as mentioned Hamilton did not make it onto the podium as he suffered from a tire-related problem and crashed at the second corner.
Jenson Button is still leading the Driver’s Championship with 70 points. Alonso is now second with 67 points and Vettel is third with 60. McLaren is still the leader of the Constructor’s Championship with 119 points but Ferrari is close behind with 116. Red Bull is three points behind in third. Formula 1 now heads to Monte Carlo for the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.