Who could ever imagine what today happened: Maldonado making Venezuela and his team, Williams, which had suffered a lot last year, happy and extremely proud; a Ferrari battling for the victory and the other top teams behind, struggling with the tyres and slower than other mid-field teams. Lotus could’ve won pretty easily this race, but adopted a wrong strategy which relegated Raikkonen to third and Grosjean to fourth. A good fifth place for Kobayashi, and, most of all, a great “remuntada” for Lewis Hamilton, who arrived eight in front of his teammate Button.
A bad race for the two Red Bulls: both cars had changed the front wing, as Horner says, for “debris on the track”; Vettel got a drive-through penalty because he ignored yellow flags and he arrived sixth; Webber instead didn’t get any points by closing the race in 11th. The other Ferrari driver, Massa, got the chequered flag in 15th position; he has never had the pace and suffered a penalty for the same reason as Vettel.
At the start Fernando Alonso overtook Pastor and led the race until the second pit-stop, when Maldonado pitted few laps before him and did some amazing laps. Neither a relatively slow pit-stop stopped him, even if in the last laps Fernando was very close to him and tried to attack him. That was the first win for a Williams since 2004, and everything was perfect this day except for an explosion on Bruno Senna’s KERS after the race; the Brazilian retired because of a contact with Schumacher, who accused a DNF too and will have a 5-grid penalty in Montecarlo.
Here’s the press realise from Williams and the video:
“After today’s Spanish Grand Prix a fire occurred in the team’s garage which originated from the fuel area. Four team personnel were injured in the incident and subsequently taken to the medical centre. Three are now receiving treatment at local hospitals for their injuries, while the fourth has been released.
The team will monitor their condition and ensure they rec…eive the best possible care. The team, the fire services and the police are working together to determine the root cause of the fire and an update statement will be released in due course.
The Williams F1 Team would like to thank all of the teams and the FIA for their support in today’s incident.”