Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso dominated his home Spanish Grand Prix, as he finished a clear 9 seconds ahead of Lotus’ key driver Kimi Räikkönen to give Ferrari big points in the team standings. Fernando Alonso won the race for Ferrari whilst his partner driver, Felipe Massa managed to drive his way onto the podium and finish in a strong third place, giving Ferrari some valuable points on the board.
Ferrari are now second in the team standings, just behind Red Bull, who had Sebastian Vettel finish in 4th and Mark Webber finish in 5th. Third in the race for the team Championship is currently Lotus who are only a mere 6 points behind Ferrari as their main driver, Kimi Räikkönen, is in good form in second place, only 4 points behind three time drivers champion, Vettel in the Drivers’ standings.
This victory is Alonso’s second of the year and it allowed him to overtake Lewis Hamilton in the standings into third place, with a vision to catch up to Räikkönen and Vettel as soon as he can. Fernando Alonso raced with a four-stop strategy whilst his main opponent Kimi Räikkönen raced a three-stop strategy.
Mercedes had the perfect placement before the race as Nico Rosberg had pole position and his partner Hamilton started in second place. However, for Hamilton the race went horribly wrong as he only finished 12th whilst Rosberg managed to salvage a final position of 6th. Rosberg used his tyres better as he only needed to make 3 stops whilst Hamilton was forced to make four stops; nevertheless, neither driver could keep up with the competitive pace the Spanish Grand Prix had to offer.
Alonso got off to a great start in the opening lap overtaking Hamilton and Räikkönen to take third place early on. He then took the lead when Vettel and Rosberg made pit stops and he managed to keep this position to the finish line. After the race, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso talked about his home crowd, “You feel the support from everyone and it helped. We want to do well here in front of our fans. We did it and we are happy for that but we don’t want to stop here obviously.”
1. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1 hour 39 mins 16.596 secs
2. Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus +00:09.338
3. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 00:26.049
4. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 00:38.273
5. Mark Webber – Red Bull – 00:47.963
Author Daniel Foster.
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