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2013-05-12 17:00

MIXING IT UP: Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen (left), Fernando Alsonso, Ferrari team prnicipal Stefano Domenicali and Felipe Massa on podium for the 2013 Spanish GP.Image: AFP

BARCELONA, Spain - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso rewrote the Formula 1 form book and turned up the heat in the championship battle by winning his home Spanish GP Prix for the second time on Sunday (May 12).

The double World champion's second victory of the season, and 32nd of his career, made him the first driver in 23 years of racing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya to win from outside the top three grid positions.


The Spaniard, who started fifth with the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton locking out the front row, seized third through the third corner and had the crowd roaring for him on as he led after 13 of the 66 laps.

Alonso, who won in Barcelona with Renault in 2006 and also in Valencia in 2013 year at the European GP, took the flag 9.3sec ahead of 2007 World champion Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus).

The Finn, in the points for a 22nd successive race and now just two short of Michael Schumacher's record, denied Ferrari a 1-2 finish with Brazilian Felipe Massa taking a distant third.


Red Bull's triple World champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth, 38.2sec behind Alonso, and saw his overall lead over Raikkonen cut to four points. After five of the 19 races, Vettel has 89 points to Raikkonen's 85 and Alonso's 72.

Hamilton slipped to fourth overall with 50 points after spending the afternoon falling through the field as Mercedes - as expected - again failed to live up to its  electrifying qualifying pace. The 2008 World champion ended up out of the points in 12th and was even heard exclaiming that he had been overtaken by a Williams - driven by 2012's winner Pastor Maldonado - as a measure of how much he was struggling.

Former champion Williams has failed to score a point in five races with a car lacking aerodynamic performance and Venezuelan Maldonado, who finished 14th after a drive-through penalty, had started way back in 17th.

In a race dictated by quick-wearing tyres, Alonso pitted four times - the same as Vettel and Massa - while Raikkonen made only three trips to the pits lane.


Rosberg, who was also on pole at the previous race in Bahrain where he finished ninth, led for the first 10 laps before bowing to the inevitable. The German, sixth at the finish behind Red Bull's Mark Webber, was not to lead again as Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez took over at the front for two laps in a Sauber amid the pit stops before Alonso reasserted himself.

Britain's Paul di Resta was seventh for Force India with McLaren's Jenson Button eighth after starting 14th. His Mexican team mate Sergio Perez was ninth and Daniel Ricciardo 10th for Toro Rosso.

Result from the 2013 Spanish Formula 1 GP at Catalunya

1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1hr39min16.596
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus +9.338sec
3 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 26.049
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 38.273
5 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 47.963
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min08.020
7 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min08.988
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min19.506
9 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1min21.738
10 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1 lap
11 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 1 lap
12 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1 lap
13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1 lap
14 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1 lap
15 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Sauber 1 lap
16 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1 lap
17 Charles Pic (France) Caterham 1 lap
18 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 2 laps
19 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 2 laps

Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 14 laps
Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 45 laps
Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 58 laps

Fastest lap: Esteban Gutierrez, 1min26.217, lap 56.

Drivers' and Constructors’ standings

1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 89
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - 85
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 72
4 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 50
5 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari - 45
6 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull - 42
7 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 26
8 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - 26
9 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 22
10 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 17
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren - 12
12 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - 7
13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - 6
14 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Sauber - 5
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 1
16= Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber, Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams, Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams, Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia, Charles Pic (France) Caterham, Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham, Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0

1 Red Bull - 131
2 Ferrari - 117
3 Lotus - 111
4 Mercedes 72
5 Force India - 32
6 McLaren - 29
7 Toro Rosso - 8
8 Sauber - 5
9= Marussia, Caterham, Williams - 0

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