Formula 1 post-race report: Spanish Grand Prix

A 2nd win this season for the home hero
by Sharleen Banzon | May 14, 2013

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Wow. That Spanish GP was absolutely not a siesta. Straight on to the results of the predictions, then--we have a lot of things to cover.

1. \"We\'ll see wet patches this weekend.\" Remember, Lotus Junior F1 Team member Marlon Stockinger chipped in a couple of pre-race predictions to help us out. Unfortunately, his first guess did not pan out. It was wet on Friday, but the sun was out for Sunday\'s race. The rain in Spain kept us waiting in vain.

2. \"Kimi Raikkonen will be able to drink some champagne.\" Marlon gets us on the board. To recap, he predicted, \"It wouldn\'t surprise me if Kimi finished on the podium, but maybe he won\'t win the race.\" One point. We\'ve forgotten what that feels like.

The thing you have to ponder on, though, is for how long Lotus will stick to its Sunday strategy of making one stop fewer than the competition. Yes, it preserves its tires better than the rest of the field, but looking at Kimi\'s race lap times, the car\'s pace was quite decent and not far off the top packages\' speed. Should Lotus try a more aggressive approach in the coming races?

3. \"Force India will sneak ahead of Mercedes in the race.\" Wrong by 0.900 second--the gap between Nico Rosberg and Paul di Resta at the finish line. Apparently, di Resta needed to be told by the team when he could use his DRS against the Merc because the automatic signaling system had failed. Rosberg benefited from DRS, too, when the dueling pair came caught up with backmarkers in the last few of laps. It allowed him some breathing space to keep di Resta, who was running on fresher tires, behind.

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Mercedes really has to think its way around these rubber issues. While you can expect it to blitz the field on Saturday, it simply goes backward on Sunday. In Bahrain, such were its tire woes that a Force India was able to finish ahead. That was very nearly the case in Spain as well.

4. \"There won\'t be any McLarens in Q3.\" Well, Sergio Perez came up with a Q2 lap that had us swearing--because it was amazing given his crap car, and it cost us this point. He had to be content with ninth place for the race, though, after McLaren called off the fight between him and teammate Jenson Button. It ensured maximum points for the team but a letdown for us who wanted a continuation of the crash-bang-boom between the two drivers in Bahrain.

5. \"A Red Bull will achieve pole and victory.\" Nope. It\'s funny--we\'d predicted last race that Alonso would win, but Vettel ended up taking the top spot. Now, we guessed a Red Bull would win, but Ferrari emerged the victor.

The Pirellis caused too much trouble than Red Bull had accounted for, and the team was also too slow to switch Vettel to a four-stopper. Ferrari, on the other hand, made the perfect calls on the pit wall, and Alonso delivered brilliantly on home soil to take his second win this season.

It\'s looking like a hot championship battle. We\'ll see you in two weeks for our Monaco GP coverage. A heads-up: The first two practice sessions will be held on Thursday instead of Friday. FP1 begins at 4pm, Philippine time; FP2 kicks off at 8pm.

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Total score: 1 out of 5

ESP Starting grid Race results
Pos Driver (Team) Quali (Start Tire) Driver (Team) Time/Gap
1 N. Rosberg
(Mercedes)
1:20.718 (M) F. Alonso
(Ferrari)
1hr 39:16.596
2 L. Hamilton
(Mercedes)
1:20.972 (M) K. Raikkonen
(Lotus)
+9.3
3 S. Vettel
(Red Bull)
1:21.054 (M) F. Massa
(Ferrari)
+26.0
4 K. Raikkonen
(Lotus)
1:21.177 (M)   S. Vettel
(Red Bull)
+38.3
5 F. Alonso
(Ferrari)
1:21.218 (M) M. Webber
(Red Bull)
+48.0
6 R. Grosjean
(Lotus)
1:21.308 (M) N. Rosberg
(Mercedes)
+1:08.0
7 M. Webber
(Red Bull)
1:21.570 (M) P. di Resta
(Force India)
+1:69.0
8 S. Perez
(McLaren)
1:22.069 (M) J. Button
(McLaren)
+1:19.5
9 F. Massa
(Ferrari)
1:21.219 (M) S. Perez
(McLaren)
+1:21.7
10 P. di Resta
(Force India)
1:22.233 (M) D. Ricciardo
(Toro Rosso)
+1 lap
11 D. Ricciardo
(Toro Rosso)
1:22.127 (M) E. Gutierrez
(Sauber)
+1 lap
12 J. Vergne
(Toro Rosso)
1:22.166 (M) L. Hamilton
(McLaren)
+1 lap
13 A. Sutil
(Force India)
1:22.346 (M) A. Sutil
(Force India)
+1 lap
14 J. Button
(McLaren)
1:22.355 (M) P. Maldonado
(Williams)
+1 lap
15 N. Hulkenberg
(Sauber)
1:22.389 (M) N. Hulkenberg
(Williams)
+1 lap
16 V. Bottas
(Williams)
1:23.260 (M) V. Bottas
(Williams)
+1 lap
17 P. Maldonado
(Williams)
1:23.318 (M) C.Pic
(Caterham)
+1 lap
18 G. van der Garde
(Caterham)
1:24.661 (M) J. Bianchi
(Marussia)
+2 laps
19 E. Gutierrez
(Sauber)
1:22.793 (M) M. Chilton
(Marussia)
+2 laps
20 J. Bianchi
(Marussia)
1:24.713 (H) J. Vergne
(Marussia)
retired
21 M. Chilton
(Marussia)
1:24.996 (H) G. van der Garde
(Caterham)
retired
22 C. Pic
(Caterham)
1:25.070 (H) R. Grosjean
(Lotus)
retired

Legend: M—medium compound; H—hard compound.

Notes: Qualifying laps 16-22 set in Q1, 11-15 in Q2, and 1-10 in Q3. F. Massa and E. Gutierrez had originally qualified P6 and P16, respectively, but were both given three-place grid penalties for blocking other drivers.


ESP Championship standings
Pos Driver Points Constructor Points
1 S. Vettel 89 Red Bull 131
2 K. Raikkonen 85 Ferrari 117
3 F. Alonso 72 Lotus 111
4 L. Hamilton 50 Mercedes 72
5 F. Massa 45 Force India 32
6 M. Webber 42 McLaren 29
7 R. Grosjean 26 Toro Rosso 8
8 P. di Resta 26 Sauber 5
9 N. Rosberg 22    
10 J. Button 17    
11 S. Perez 12    
12 D. Ricciardo 7    
13 A. Sutil 6    
14 N. Hulkenberg 5    
15 J. Vergne 1    

Photo from Ferrari

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