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Spanish Grand Prix 2010: Webber Wins Processional Grand Prix With Few High Points

Mark Webber strolled away with victory in today’s Spanish Grand Prix.  Indeed the Australian, who clinches his third Grand Prix win in the totally dominant Red Bull Racing car, could have had a cigar, read the Sunday papers and probably tweeted on his phone from inside the cockpit and still won the race.

Fernando Alonso managed a late charge to 2nd following some luck with incidents, while Sebastian Vettel grabbed 3rd even with failing brakes.

You may have noticed a lack of posts this weekend, and in truth this is a minor protest as the track is so boring.  Please Bernie, we want a Spanish GP but somewhere else!

Race Review

Off the line little occured at the front, Hamilton and Alonso weaved across the track but couldn’t make ground up and pass the Red Bull’s despite their F-Duct systems.  Felipe Massa edged through when Nico Rosberg ran wide, that slip up cost the German any chance with today’s race.

The Sauber’s had a chronic start to the race with Kamui Kobayashi un-doing all of his good work yesterday by going wide, and De La Rosa was unlucky to pick up a puncture.

Despite driving the slowest car on the grid Bruno Senna stil l managed to crash the Hispania early on.  Unbeliveable.  Mind you, Heikki Kovalainen never made it to the grid as his Lotus picked up a gearbox problem.

The main part of the race was relatively boring, with the Red Bull’s streaking away, followed by Lewis Hamilton who managed to get into 2nd as Vettel’s pitstop was not as slick as it could have been.  Jenson Button had an issue at his stop too and a daring late move around the outside from Michael Schumacher meant the reigning world champion was left down behind the former 7 time champ.

Felipe Massa touched the Hispania of Karun Chandhok while attempting to lap the Indian driver damaging his front wing.  The front runners had issues with the backmarkers all day, goodness knows what will happen when we get to Monte-Carlo.

Thankfully, for those that managed to watch until the end of the race incidents began to occur!  Sebastian Vettel went off and had suspected brake problems, which meant he had to nurse the car home, allowing Fernando Alonso into 3rd place.  Schumacher tried and tried but couldn’t get passed the younger German racer, mind you our veteran Michael had earnt his stripes holding off Jenson Button for a good 20 laps in the middle part of this race.

Then Lewis Hamilton had a left front failure, which may have been tyre or rim – it is yet to be confirmed – and the British driver went flying into the wall, much to the excitement of the Fernando Alonso faithful – the wounds from 2007 were still fresh in their minds.  Not only that but it put the Spanish hero into 2nd place on his home Ferrari debut.

Classified Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 M. Webber Red Bull Renault 1.35.44.101
2 F. Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro +24.065
3 S. Vettel Red Bull Renault +51.338
4 M. Schumacher Mercedes Benz GP +1.02.195
5 J. Button McLaren Mercedes +1.03.728
6 F. Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro +1.05.767
7 A.  Sutil Force India Mercedes +1.12.941
8 R. Kubica Renault +1.13.677
9 R. Barrichello Williams Cosworth + 1 lap
10 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1 lap
11 V. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
12 K. Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari + 1 lap
13 N. Rosberg Mercedes Benz GP + 1 lap
14 V. Liuzzi Force India Mercedes + 2  laps
15 N. Hulkenberg Williams Cosworth + 2 laps
16 J. Trulli Lotus Cosworth + 3 laps
17 T. Glock Virgin Cosworth + 3 laps
18 L. di Grassi Virgin Cosworth + 4 laps

Fastest Lap: L. Hamilton 1.24.357

Retirements

Driver Team Lap Reason
L. Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 63 Tyre Failure
S. Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 43
K. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 28
P. de La Rosa Sauber Ferrari 19 Puncture damage
B. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1 Accident
H. Kovalainen Lotus Cosworth 0 Gearbox

Post Race Interviews

Mark Webber – Red Bull Racing (1st):  “It’s special – I’m absolutely wrapped, but it’s still very early doors.  We know there are some very competitive cars at the front, in particular Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, and with some pretty decent drivers as well.  There’s a long, long way to go, so we’re waiting to see how cars perform at different venues – cars are pretty sensitive at different tracks.  There’s a lot of things to see how it all shakes out over the next few months. You need to have a quick car and one that is always there for you.”

Fernando Alonso – Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro (2nd):  “Now I feel extremely happy after the result today and when you gain two positions in last part of race, unexpected positions, it feels great, and you have a fantastic feeling right now.  Overall the weekend has been so-so for us, but in terms of result fantastic weekend for us.  Fourth in qualifying, second in the race is fantastic for the team.”

Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull Racing (3rd):  “A lot of things went wrong today.   The start was okay, there was no chance to get past Mark and not worth taking the risk. It was quite slippery where he was so I didn’t want to go around the outside.  I was not quick enough. I struggled with the balance. Mark was in his own league today.”

Michael Schumacher – Mercedes Benz (4th):  “It was quite an entertaining race right from the start even if we knew from the beginning that there would not be a chance for us to compete for a podium place if everything goes as normal.  Still it was exciting for me to manage to keep the position that I gained but then, I am obviously not too happy as today we could only defend.  All we could do was to hope for reliability problems of others in order to make up positions and that’s not really what you want to do.  It was an interesting fight with Jenson but all I could do is try to not give him a possibility to overtake.  In the end the gap to the front is just too big to be really happy after this race. For Monaco, we hope that the characteristics of the track will suit our car better.”

Robert Kubica – Renault (8th):  “The pace has been good this weekend and that’s a nice surprise.  After the pitstop the car felt quite competitive in spite of the damage.  I actually made a good start and was fighting with [Felipe] Massa through Turn 1 but unfortunately the car snapped sideways when I got on the power.  Then in Turn 3 I touched Kobayashi which damaged the front wing and cost me some places.  I was struggling with quite a lot of understeer because of the damage, but the field was so tight that we didn’t have time to change it without losing a position.”

Lewis Hamilton – McLaren Mercedes (Ret):  “It was [disappointing]. It was quite a good race for me.  I had really good fun out there. It was nice obviously to take a step forward and split the Red Bulls. The team did an incredible job.  It was great to come here with such a good step forward for us and it would have been perfect for the team in terms of the Constructors’ Championship and also for the drivers’ but these things happen.  I don’t know what it was. I just felt it was kind of unfortunate to have another tyre blowout, but I guess we’ll find out what it was. There’s many more races to go.”

Karun Chandhok – HRT Cosworth (Ret):  “I’m very disappointed, it’s a real shame what happened with Jaime. I stayed out of his way, kept the car completely straight and he just turned left into me.  In the end, although we changed the front wing, the damage to the front right suspension was too much and I had to stop.  I was really pleased with my race until then. I had a good first lap and was trying to be sensible with the option tyres and get them to last.  My pace relative to the other new cars was good and I was pulling away from [Lucas] di Grassi quite comfortably.”

Peter Sauber – Team Principal of Sauber Ferrari: “Looking back to the race weekend, it was positive we improved the performance of the car which enabled Kamui to make it to the top ten in qualifying. And finally he was able to finish his first race this season. Unfortunately it was compromised on lap one when he was hit from behind. The same applies to Pedro, who was touched also from behind by another competitor, destroying not only the tyre but, as a result, also the floor of the car and this forced him to retire.”

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One response

  1. Surprise I didn’t see a picture of Danika Patrick…she makes it more F1 more interesting! I love her Go Daddy ads.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:16 am

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