Alonso takes home Spanish GP

2013-05-12 15:50

BARCELONA, Spain - In a somewhat 'mellow' race, a calm and cool Fernando Alonso took the 2013 Spanish GP victory on home ground for Ferrari as a sea of red cheered for their local hero. Team mate Felipe Massa joined him on the podium in third after Kimi Raikkonen in second.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was in fourth, followed by team mate Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg.

While Alonso seemed to keep his composure during the race he had trouble trying to keep his emotions from boiling over in the pre-podium room. His local fans, however, must have been channeling their best wishes all weekend. There's nothing better than seeing a local hero take a thrilling win on home ground.

It was Alonso's first win in Barcelona since 2006.


Ferrari pushed hard from the start and with both drivers on the podium the gap in points is becoming closer between driver and teams.

Mercedes's Nico Rosberg held onto his pole position down the straight at the start  the Spanish GP, while his team mate Lewis Hamilton had a lock up on turn one.

McLaren’s Jenson Button moaned about his tyres within the start of the race even at the back of the grid and only started to make up some ground by lap 10, but it was short lived.

Any chance on the podium vanished as Hamilton kept dropping back further into the pack. He just didn’t seem to get the same durability from the tyres as his Rosberg and finished 12th in the race.


The pit lane was extremely busy with traffic as most drivers stopped for their first tyre change to another set of hard tyres.

William’s hopeful Pastor Maldanado nearly stopped at the wrong garage ring his stop and was also given a penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Lotus’s Romain Grosjean had an early retirement thanks to a loose wheel on lap nine.

His team mate though, Kimi Raikkonen ensured some thrilling racing as he and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel were constantly battling for first position for quite some time.

Sauber’s rookie Esteban Gutierrez had a taste of leading the pack on lap 13, albeit momentarily, ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Vettel. By lap 62 he had the fastest lap of the race and still had a chance to be the youngest driver to score a point so quickly in his F1 career.

Jean-Eric Vergne was told he had to retire on lap 54 thanks to damage on his left tyre.

Felipe Massa, who had been racing hard from the word go for Ferrari, set fastest lap of the race on lap 57 while in third position.

By lap 60 it looked like the Spaniards would be celebrating with their local hero Alonso on the podium as he led the GP on his home ground.

Raikkonen fought very hard for podium, showing consistency throughout the race. When he was asked on podium about his lack of support from the crowds, in pure Iceman fashion he said "makes no difference to me."

Driver Standings after the F1 Spanish GP
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 Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 5
15. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1
16. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 0
17. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 0
18. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 0
19. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 0
20. Charles Pic (France) Caterham 0
21. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 0
22. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 0

Constructors Points
1. RedBull - Renault 131
2. Ferrari 117
3. Lotus - Renault 111
4. Mercedes 72
5. Force India - Mercedes 32
6. McLaren 29
7. Toro Rosso - Ferrari 8
8. Sauber - Ferrari 5
9. Marussia - Cosworth 0
9. Caterham - Renault 0
9. Williams - Renault 0

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  • Rudzani Mulaudzi Mulaudzi - 2013-05-12 15:56

    that's what i am talking about, home ground especially on F1, cause u grow up there u know all corners.

      Jono Qmann - 2013-05-12 16:53

      if u say so...im sure pre season testing and racing there for the last half a century doesnt even the playing fields at all?! anyway...well done Massa!

  • Kiss123 - 2013-05-12 16:34

    Really !

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-05-12 18:19

    Yes Iceman Kimi....right where you belong....almost there !!!

      Nico Basson - 2013-05-13 20:17

      I've always been a Ferrari man, but I like seeing Kimi up there!

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