Maldonado Gets Williams Back To Winning Ways
Pastor Maldonado took the top spot in the Spanish GP to celebrate a memorable weekend for the Williams F1 team. He didn’t have it all his way despite starting on pole, as homeboy Fernando Alonso had taken the lead for the first 27 laps. The Venezuelan was leading after the second pit stop and eventually took the chequered flag, 3.1 seconds ahead of the Ferrari.
Kimi Raikkonen took a second consecutive podium, while his team-mate, Romain Grosjean followed behind in 4th to mark another successful race weekend for Lotus-Renault.
Despite originally qualifying on pole, Lewis Hamilton, who had to start at the back of the grid due to a penalty for failing to return to the pits under his own power and supplying a fuel sample, crossed the line in 8th in what was a miserable race for McLaren-Mercedes. Team mate Jenson Button fared no better and finished one place behind.
Current World Champion, Sebastian Vettel had an eventful race. He received a drive-through penalty for ignoring yellow flags, had a nose change and took 6th to continue his quest for a 3rd consecutive title.
After winning six times at the Catalunya circuit, Michael Schumacher had another weekend to forget and after a collision with Bruno Senna, he was handed a grid penalty for the next race in Monaco.
With five different winners this season, Vettel and Alonso are now tied on points in the drivers’ championship on 61. The teams now head to the millionaire playground of Monte Carlo for the Monaco GP on 27th May.
- Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1hr 39m 09.145s
- Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +0m 03.1s
- Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault +0m 03.8s
- Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault +0m 14.7s
- Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +1m 14.6s
- Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +1m 17.5s
- Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1m 27.9s
- Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +1m 28.1s
- Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +1m 35.2s
- Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
- Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +1 lap
- Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
- Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
- Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
- Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +1 lap
- Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham-Renault +1 lap
- Vitaly Petrov Russia Caterham-Renault +1 lap
- Timo Glock Germany Marussia -Cosworth +2 laps
- Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth +3 laps
Rtd Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 39 laps completed
Rtd Charles Pic France Marussia -Cosworth 35 laps completed
Rtd Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth 22 laps completed
Rtd Bruno Senna Brazil Williams-Renault 12 laps completed
Rtd Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 12 laps completed