Webber dominates as Hamilton crashes out of second

2010 Spanish Grand Prix review

Webber led the field at the start of the race and stayed there

Webber led the field at the start of the race and stayed there

Mark Webber was untouchable in the Spanish Grand Prix and claimed his first win of the season from pole position.

But Lewis Hamilton suffered cruel disappointment as a failure on his front-left wheel caused him to crash out of the race on the penultimate lap.

That elevated Fernando Alonso to second place in front of his home crowd with Sebastian Vettel third for Red Bull.

Vettel fell behind Hamilton at the first round of pit stops. He lost time being held in his pit box and when Hamilton came out the McLaren driver threaded between Vettel and Lucas di Grassi’s Virgin to stay ahead.

The German driver struggled to keep up with the McLaren as his adjustable front wing flap failed. Life got even more difficult for Vettel when he was forced to make an extra pit stop and nurse a brake problem to the end of the race. Not for the first time his RB6 lacked nothing in performance but needed better reliability.

Michael Schumacher scored the best result of his comeback with fourth place, spending much of the race defending his position from Jenson Button.

Button, who retained the championship lead by finishing fifth, criticised Schumacher’s driving, saying he was moving about too much on the straight: “You think with his experience he would know,” he said afterwards.

Felipe Massa took sixth for Ferrari despite damaging his front wing by clipping Karun Chandhok while lapping the HRT driver.

Adrian Sutil kept Robert Kubica behind him for seventh place and Rubens Barrichello was ninth for Williams.

A second home driver, Jaime Alguersuari, scored the final point of the day after an eventful race. He made an exceptional start, gaining six places to run ninth in the early stages. But he picked up a drive-through penalty after clipping Chandhok’s car, knocking the front wing off the HRT.

Vitaly Petrov climbed from 19th to finish 11th ahead of Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, who lost several places with a poor start.

But Nico Rosberg suffered a terrible race, finishing 13th and lapped after two pit stops – the first delayed when his right-front brake caught fire. He battled past Vitantonio Liuzzi and Nico H???lkenberg late in the race.

The revised Lotus and Virgin cars finished just 1.5 seconds apart after 200 miles of racing, Jarno Trulli leading home Timo Glock. Lucas di Grassi was 79 seconds behind his team mate in the old VR-01, suggesting the team have made a step forward with the new car raced only by Glock today.

Neither HRT made it to the finish – Chandhok retired shortly after changing his front wing and Bruno Senna crashed out on the first lap.

Sebastien Buemi and Pedro de la Rosa also failed to finish, retiring separately after colliding on the first lap. Heikki Kovalainen’s race never started, the Lotus driver being wheeled into the pits before the start of the race.

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  1. sumedh said on 9th May 2010, 15:21

    Jenson throwing tantrums after the race was the most exciting event of the race.

    • Sideshow bob said on 9th May 2010, 16:55

      Has anyone noticed that Vettel has gotten the short end of the reliability stick every time? It’s like these Red Bull reliability problems are confined to one side of the garage.

      Just saying…

      • Mike said on 9th May 2010, 17:05

        Don’t worry, I’m sure Schumacher is cheating because he didn’t like being the 2nd fastest German so he made a call to Todt who has paid money to corrupt people within the Red Bull garage to sabotage Vettel’s car.

        Actually It’s about time Webber had a bit of the good luck ^_^

        • Sideshow bob said on 9th May 2010, 17:24

          Webber better make hay while the sun shines, or else I think he could become like Barrichello, or maybe Pattrese – spends a couple years in a killer car but doesn’t convert it into a title, and is never a force again.

        • Skett said on 9th May 2010, 18:17

          Don’t you mean 3rd fastest german? Up until today Rosberg was beating him too!

          As for Vettel’s reliability, maybe hes just harder on the car? I know the commentators were saying he hits those curbs harder.

          Or maybe hes just unlucky

        • m0tion said on 10th May 2010, 7:17

          Webber doesnt hit the kerbs like Vettel.

        • Todfod said on 10th May 2010, 8:09

          Well actually he didn’t like being the fourth fastest German. Lets not forget Sebastian, Nico and Adrian have all been quicker than him.

          But as long as Vettel is around.. Schumi will remain the second fastest German. He will run out to strings to pull sooner or later

      • Ed said on 9th May 2010, 17:46

        Webber had brakes at Singapore last year – that’s the only one I can think of.

        However, Webber seems to have had a lot more operational problems – like bad pitstops, bad strategy or unsafe pit exits etc.

        • TommyC said on 10th May 2010, 1:27

          i think it’s the first race this year where webber hasn’t had a problem in hs pitstop, thank goodness. what a fantastic drive. absolute dominance. keep it going Mark!

    • nik said on 9th May 2010, 19:02

      is there a video anywhere of the button tantrum?

      also – what is going on at Williams? I was expecting to find a story about it online but nobody has mentioned it. Apparently there was some bickering prior to the race – and Sam Michael inspecting the pit stop during the race makes it more intriguing.

      • damonsmedley said on 10th May 2010, 8:22

        Yes… What is all this about a Jenson Button tantrum? Can somebody catch me up?

        • Mr. T said on 10th May 2010, 23:41

          At the end of the race, Button got out of his car, threw his steering wheel onto the ground and kicked the sidepods to pieces in fury.

          Only joking – check out the iPlayer where he just complains about Shumacher’s driving under his breath in an interview with BBC.

  2. Harry D said on 9th May 2010, 15:21

    Webber was class…..Lewis well I have no words……

    Gutted

    • Any thoughts for driver of the day. I’d say Webber or Hamilton…

      • Sandman said on 9th May 2010, 16:01

        How, in the name of God, does name “Hamilton” come up when considering “Driver of the Day”. Unless we’re talking “the most reckless” one.

        • Because it was a “foregone conclusion” that the Red Bull’s were getting a 1-2 and Hamilton split them until the failure at the end while his team mate was 55 seconds down the road.

          • BeenDun said on 9th May 2010, 16:31

            That’s far from “Driver of the Day” material. Doing a fastest lap at the end of the race was all about ego for LH. He paid for it when hos tire went. All he had to do was chill out and cruise to the podium. What was he thinking? Button is cleaning his clock this season.

          • Mike said on 9th May 2010, 17:02

            I suspect his tyre would have gone even if he had gone at the slowest possible pace, And seeing as it wasn’t a driver error issue I think it’s a bit harsh to blame him for it.

            I do dislike the little annoying egotist, but he is faster than Button and it’s only incidents like this or lucky calls that are making button look good.

        • Chris said on 9th May 2010, 16:03

          I’m confused: what part of Hamilton’s drive today was reckless? I’m guesing we have a Hamilton hater on hand…

        • Vishy said on 9th May 2010, 16:32

          Wow what an unbiased opinion! Are you another Alonso fanatic?

        • sato113 said on 9th May 2010, 16:53

          how was HAM reckless?

          • SD said on 9th May 2010, 17:32

            towards the end of the race, Alonse backed off and slowed down.
            Hamilton kept pushing, knowing very well he could not catch webber.
            I guess that extra bit of pushing led to that accident (McLaren seem to have a diff theory)

        • Gazz. said on 9th May 2010, 19:02

          In reply to Sandman’s Comment.
          What a load of nonsense, I am a huge Lewis Fan but I am not being biased when I say he deserved Driver of the Day.
          He has been by far the best driver in the field this season. he has been the only driver that has produced consistent exciting and inspired drives throughout all weekends this season.
          In Bahrain he Picked up A well deserved Podium.
          In Melbourne He Drove his heart out and was on for a good result until Webber took him out.
          In Malaysia he drove from 20th to 6th.
          In China he could have won if he had not been brought in for Intermediates, and still managed to drive to second after being at the near back of the grid.
          And now he could have had a brilliant second place, splitting the two fastest cars on the grid by almost a second, had his Tyre not have failed.
          Enough Said.

          • delendaEst said on 9th May 2010, 19:12

            OK but being the most exciting racer doesn’t score WDC points for you. Usually the WDC title goes to pretty unexciting drivers who just manage to be all the time on top of things (Just like Mark did today) and not having to overtake everybody trying to recover from catastrophic mistakes, or forcing their stuff beyond reason.

          • Dane said on 9th May 2010, 23:44

            Hamilton Driver of the Day??
            He started 3rd, got up to 2nd, then crashed. That is not driver of the day material

        • Achilles said on 10th May 2010, 6:45

          Very Bitchy……

      • steph said on 9th May 2010, 16:03

        If Jaime hadn’t have been occassionally thick due to lack of experience or whatever he could have been a contender. I would say Webber though

        • delendaEst said on 9th May 2010, 19:16

          Jaime is extremely young and unexperienced, and drives an uncompetitive car. But I’d say he’s pretty good for a rookie. I do expect a lot from him in upcoming seasons, especially if he gets his hands on a better car.

      • Yeah I’d say Webber or Hamilton. Has to be Webber though, he didn’t put a foot wrong.

        • Salty said on 9th May 2010, 17:43

          Webber has to get driver of the day. Led from start to finish – did exactly what was required, including out driving and out pacing his teammate. Outstanding job by a driver generally overlooked as a WDC contender.

          Alonso shone in the latter stages when his car seemed to come back to him, but the Ferrari looked rather lumbering in the early stages when the Bully boys and Hamilton streaked off into the distance. Rather lucked into his podium after the wheels came off for for Seb and Lewis. Good result from an average day at the office then.

          Vettel seemed to struggle all day somehow. Indecision when confronted with Hamilton and a backmarker cost him the position. And his light footed RBR6 still seems a little too fragile for his quite punchy driving style. Lucky to make the podium in the end when we were all expecting a 1-2 for that famous Austrian town of Milton Keynes’ finest.

          Well done Michael. Smart defence from a much racier McLaren earned him a good result and much needed points to silence the nay-sayers. Just hope they can get some performance into the Merc soon. Schumi was noted as a great and smart racer, but following China and today, he might find himself re-christened as the new Jarno Trulli.

          Button and Massa both disappointed, though at least Jenson was driving the car on his own. These Massa-baby radio transmissions really are quite incredible. Has there ever been such a symbiotic relationship between a driver and his race engineer?

          Hamilton again provided some of the most exciting moments of the race, having a nibble at Vettel and Webber at the first corner whilst defending Alonso, then nailing Vettel after the pitstops with a very decisive move, then finally by losing it 2 laps from home. Shame for the poor guy, but there’s still that niggly feeling that his aggressive driving style, whilst great for us to watch, doesn’t help with his tyre reliability.

          The race had it moments, but definately not a classic. Finally, sincerly hope the report of the crowd reaction to Hamilton after his retirement is incorrect. Any question of race belongs on the track.

      • delendaEst said on 9th May 2010, 19:22

        No driver of the day today, i’d say. Mark and Fernando won, made no mistakes, but their race was uninspiring. MSC was better than in previous races this year, but still nothing to write home about.

        Jenson once again showed why he is the defending WDC and once again outscored HAM without any fanfare.

      • Ben said on 10th May 2010, 1:13

        Webber would be hard to go past for drvier of the day. But Rubens would also be a contender, 17th to 9th with some serious team issues, good result.

    • massa said on 9th May 2010, 16:49

      michael shumacher did a solid drive today and kept jenson behind very well
      alonzo got lucky yet again
      massa found the good ballance of his car bye braking his front wing chandok should hav been penilized for that.
      vettel should hav retired because if his tyre came of or his breaks didnt work at all then that could of caused danger to the other cars and drivers

      abosulty no overtaking
      and it was the most boring f1 race i have ever seen

      even in 2008 behind the saftey car in a wet race was more exting than today

      monaco gp will be carnige because u cant over take there

      i wish the specticle could be changed immediatly bye removing double diffusers

      • Chandhok tried to get out of the way. He gave Massa space but Felipe locked up and ran into Chandhok. Not Karun’s fault…

      • steph said on 9th May 2010, 17:21

        Chandhok didn’t do anything wrong,. he tried to get out of the way and stay there but Massa arrived too quickly and was out of control so hit Karun.

        • Salty said on 9th May 2010, 18:02

          Totally agree – Chandhok, poor devil, is on a hiding to nothing. He left space for all 3 lapping cars, Massa mis-read and locked up. To add insult to injury, Algi then completely trashed his front wing in what should of been a simple lapping. God knows that HRT is a demoralising dog of enough to drive without faster cars actually gunning for you.

      • Icthyes said on 9th May 2010, 17:40

        and it was the most boring f1 race i have ever seen

        With respect, not the most contributory of comments anyway, but I’m seeing this echoed a lot as the day goes by.

        I’ve followed 10 F1 seasons all the way through and can safely say the Barcelona race we saw today has been pretty much the average standard of quality of an F1 race over that time.

        If F1 is boring to crisis levels because of the race we’ve had today, how come it hasn’t imploded by now?

        • How was this boring were you watching Bahrain. Results were changing till the final lap!

          I think just because of the last 3 races peoples expectations were too high on a circuit that always produces poor racing.

      • Metallion said on 9th May 2010, 18:03

        Why should Vettel have retired? Can you really imagine any driver in 4th place or any other point scoring position retiring because of such issues with so few laps left? He could afford to slow down enough to bring it back safely for those last few laps.
        I can imagine if he had had brake problems from lap 1 it would have been pointless to continue but as long as you have a chance to score points you’ll try as hard as you can to do so.

        Also, removing double diffusers won’t magically change everything.

  3. Indian said on 9th May 2010, 15:22

    Adrian Sutil once again proved the level of Force India. Nice and consistent racing in the recent days from him and his team.

    • Mike said on 9th May 2010, 16:00

      Sutil has his fair share of bad luck, but when things go his way he can get some pretty impressive results.

    • It’s a really solid car again. I’m hopeful if circumstances allow they can get a break near the front again this season.

    • Salty said on 9th May 2010, 18:05

      Sooty did well again indeed. Do wonder if some of the other teams arn’t casting another eye over this very sharp driver. Good job.

  4. nemo said on 9th May 2010, 15:22

    ..I almost cried for Lewis

    • Macca said on 9th May 2010, 15:38

      ..I almost laughed

      • I was sleeping during the race, only woke up when the commentators were shouting about Lewis’ accident.

        • David A said on 9th May 2010, 17:09

          Same here, but I hadn’t really got any sleep over last night.

          • Mr. T said on 10th May 2010, 23:49

            Glad to see I’m not the only one who occasionally drifts off in the middle of TV coverage!

      • Younger Hamilton said on 9th May 2010, 17:19

        I was laughing at Vettel’s problems calling the Red Bull ‘sick’ then Lewis’s accident came up,then i stopped laughing and started crying because i knew God punished me and Lewis.Its a utter shame i hate Vettel and Alonso even more Alonso and Vettel didnt deserve 2nd and 3rd respectively Button didnt deserve 5th either after his problems but at least he finished there.This has costed Lewis Horribly, in the Title Race

        • polishboy808 said on 9th May 2010, 19:21

          Well maybe Lewis didn’t deserve to crash, but as was posted above he was pushing far too hard for nothing. It was clear nobody could catchup to Webber, yet he went right along pushing harder then ever at the end. I wouldn’t say this was a rim failure as they say it is, but just a matter of the tires being used up so badly that they just let go. The same thing happened to him in Monza last year. Why push so hard if your not going to go any further anyway? Preserve the engine, and your position. I was saddened by Vettle’s problem and then hearing that Ham had crashed I broke out into hysterical laughter, knowing that he must be hating himself for pushing so hard.

          • Scribe said on 9th May 2010, 21:33

            Hamilton was not pushing to much for nothing, his tyres where busted by debris on track. He was pushing for a damn good reason, what if the problem on Vettles car popped up on Webbers?

            So really when you say “no good reason” what you mean is possible race victory.

          • m0tion said on 10th May 2010, 7:21

            Yep that late purple lap was all ego and no brains

          • damonsmedley said on 10th May 2010, 8:51

            [quote] “Its a utter shame i hate Vettel and Alonso” [/quote]

            Um… If I am not mistaken, Sebastian is one of the most likeable drivers on the grid!

        • David A said on 9th May 2010, 21:13

          Vettel and Alonso crossed the line, picled up the points, hence they deserved 2nd/3rd ;)

      • delendaEst said on 9th May 2010, 19:26

        I laughed my heart out, for Jenson actually.

        Jenson Button WDC!!!

      • Jay Menon said on 10th May 2010, 2:13

        I laughed…very hard. It was a good feeling.

        • damonsmedley said on 10th May 2010, 8:34

          It would be quite unusual if Button took out the title. But at this stage, you wouldn’t discount it…

  5. Filmon said on 9th May 2010, 15:24

    I hope the backward Spanish people did not plant nails on the track;as they were advocating before in order to crash Hamilton…

  6. f1yankee said on 9th May 2010, 15:26

    webster really needed this, not only a 1st class drive but taking ground from vettel.

    • BasCB said on 9th May 2010, 16:37

      And Vettel knows it, from the looks of him in the press conference.

    • Salty said on 9th May 2010, 18:09

      Well deserved to. Vettel’s hesitation when confronted with a backmarker and a charging Hamilton demostrated rather well the difference between a fast driver and a racer.

      Good on ya Mark.

      • robert said on 10th May 2010, 5:03

        haha.. don’t make me laugh salty. Vettel is outshining Webber in all aspects so far this season. Every ‘racer’ has a bad weekend every now and again.

  7. curedcat said on 9th May 2010, 15:28

    one thing mclaren can surely take from this race is that at the moment they match redbull in terms of race pace .Hamilton even set the fastest lap of the entire race .

    • BeenDun said on 9th May 2010, 16:33

      …and then he blew a tire. Did it ever occur to you that the fastest lap at that stage of the race on worn out tires may have been the reason he LOST? Think about it.

      • judo chop said on 9th May 2010, 16:59

        Okay. Are you suggesting that he got a puncture because he was really hard on his tires but still managed to do the fastest lap on these supposedly worn out tires?

        • BeenDun said on 9th May 2010, 18:27

          I’m suggesting that the fastest lap was a useless exercise done to assuage his own ego. Who cares who has the fastest lap? It’s worthless Finishing in the points is what matters. So YAY Hamilton…fastest lap!!!!! Lol, he’s now lsoing to Button by how much?

          • Vishy said on 9th May 2010, 19:03

            Listen more carefully to race commentry next time. Vettel had brake problems and McLaren/Hami decided to push in case Webber had similar problems.

          • Scribe said on 9th May 2010, 21:38

            BeenDun, your obviously wearing partisan blinkers, Hamilton was pushing at that point incase Webber’s brakes did what Vettles did so it was hardly an ego exercise, infact Hamilton hardly ever sets fastest lap, it doesn’t really interest him. He could though, look at his fastest laps in GP2.

            AND the tyres broke most likley due to debris, stop having a go because it makes you feel good, Hamilton is infact a damn good driver, not arogance agression an walking awful made man to drive racing cars.

      • lightsout said on 9th May 2010, 17:10

        If you recall, around the time of Vettel’s problem Alonso was setting several fastest laps. I’d just say bad luck.

    • cacarella said on 9th May 2010, 17:33

      I’d say that it would be quite easy for Mclaren and Ferrari to Trade fastest laps in the later stages of the race, especially if the leading Redbull turns down the revs and coasts home. (not saying that that for sure happened, but who really knows the truth anyway?)

  8. steph said on 9th May 2010, 15:28

    Webber was astounding today, all weekend in fact. Vettel lost some points but he was in Webber’s shadow today. Good on the Aussie.
    So happy with Alonso. It seems the Mclaren may be equal/just ahead of the Ferrari so it was great to pick up some extra points. Feel sympathetic towards Lewis but glad my team got some points.

  9. Prisoner Monkeys said on 9th May 2010, 15:29

    I have to say … Fernando Alonso is a little over-rated. He had a nothing drive today, and he never would have seen the podium if it weren’t for Hamilton’s puncture and Vettel’s botched stop. Alonso was completely anonymous throughout.

    • Alonso didn’t drive well today. Lewis was absolutely superb and was so unlucky with the failure at the end :(

      • HG said on 9th May 2010, 15:56

        how do you come to that conclusion though? the Mclaren and red bull are faster cars, he thrashed his team mate, and with a bit of luck, gained more points than he should have really.

        • Tim said on 9th May 2010, 21:37

          And, according to the BBC, Ferrari are so mystified by Massa’s lack of performance relative to his team mate that they’re launching an investigation.

          Is there any evidence that Alonso was lacklustre and the Ferrari was capable of any more than its drivers got from it? No, didn’t think so.

      • BeenDun said on 9th May 2010, 18:29

        Lewis has been superb all season. Superb in Friday practice, superb in passing all those cars, superb in fastest laps. Too bad his teammate is eve more superb in the only category that really matters. WDC points.

      • FelipeBaby said on 9th May 2010, 18:37

        Alonso made no mistakes and there’s no way he could outpace the RBs. He got a bit of luck with Vettel’s breakdown but we’ve seen plenty of Vettel’s breakdowns this season. An HAM, well he was asking for it, trying to make purples for no reason whatsoever

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th May 2010, 15:37

      He thrashed Massa though. 40 seconds ahead at the end of the race.

      • steph said on 9th May 2010, 15:40

        Alonso may not have been that great today but he did enough in quali to ensure when it did go wrong for those guys, he was there to pick up the pieces.
        He did blow Massa away today, I’d like to say it was because Massa was held up a bit but Massa hasn’t been as quick as Alonso all weekend

        • Saip said on 9th May 2010, 16:33

          Not impressed with Alonso though I am super happy with his result. Got lucky with the podium when he could have done something around the 43/44th lap to ensure a podium. Bad strategy from Ferrari. They got to take the risks. Cannot expect guys in front to have problems and make up races. They got to wake up!!! Else a Button will come up with a good call on some fine day and get a win..every win counts this season. I hope Alonso does make some awesome moves, both on the track and strategy wise too.

          WDC for Alonso. Yipeeee!!!

          • gopher said on 9th May 2010, 19:07

            Yuppers, me too. But I’m not sure that Ferrari should have taken more risks. Fernando could have pitted for new tyres without sacrificing a position, but he would have lost a lot of time to the RBs and Ham, it would have been quite unlikely for him to catch up AND then undertake them. On the other hand he was close enough to Seb and HAM that he could benefit from a minor mistake or failure. His strategy was good, and ultimately it paid him well.

          • At the time Ferrari were considering an extra pit stop for Alonso, Webber out front was still setting fastest laps in his Red Bull. That showed that the hard tyres were holding up, so there wouldn’t have been a huge advantage from a tyre change. Ferrari did the right thing in leaving Alonso out.

    • roser said on 9th May 2010, 15:52

      Alonso took care of the tires better than others ;-) and with a car not being that fast in this circuit he got valuable points…

    • Alistair said on 9th May 2010, 16:26

      Alonso is overrated. How people can say that he’s still the best driver in F1, when he was beaten by a rookie in 07, is incredible. But what we’re seeing from this year and from the last few years, at Ferrari, is that Kimi and Massa were very much more overrated. They had a clear car advantage in 07 and 08. And now Alonso is demonstrably faster than Massa (who, in turn, was slightly faster than the ever-motivated Kimi.)

      • BeenDun said on 9th May 2010, 16:36

        So everyone is overrated except LH? Interesting that they are all miles ahead of the boy blunder right now.

      • SD said on 9th May 2010, 17:42

        ever-motivated Kimi??
        he just came, drove and went back home!
        he was an amazing driver though!
        but Alonso, Lewis and Schumi r the 3 drivers who r a lot more than just drivers, they play an imp role in improving the car. i dont c any1 other than these 3 who can contribute so much. that was the reason Ferrari decided to bring in Alonso this season.

      • Metallion said on 9th May 2010, 18:13

        I think you need to remember that almost every year the driver who wins the championship also has the better car. In -07 when Kimi won I don’t think Ferrari was that much better though. Hamilton could have won without his errors at the end of the year. So calling it a “clear car advantage” isn’t really fair.
        And although Hamilton was a rookie in -07 he wasn’t just any rookie. And these days it’s easier for young guys to come in to F1 and be fast, at least with enough testing.

      • David A said on 9th May 2010, 21:09

        What “clear car advantage”? The Mclaren and Ferrari cars on 2007-08 were evenly matched in mine snd everyone else’s opinion. And the only excuse given as to why Fernando isn’t the best driver is “Alonso got beat by a rookie”, but it is not wise to judge a whole career based on one season.

    • monsol said on 9th May 2010, 16:29

      Yeah for sure, the guy can’t drive

    • Vishy said on 9th May 2010, 16:38

      Agreed he would not have seen the podium, but you have to admit Ferrari went back in development wrt both McLaren and Redbull and still Alson qualified and finished strong!

      Alonso himself said “I might not be the fastest but I am very consistent”. I think Alonso is a fantastic driver and he is showing his class.

      Really gutted for Hamilton, couldn’t watch the finish :-(

    • BasCB said on 9th May 2010, 16:39

      Maybe anonymous, but he is getting more out of the car then it has in it. Massa was way back in Qualifying and the race.

      Yes, lucky to pick up 2nd place, but not totally undeserved. He did say he was happy with the result bud not happy with what they learned during the weekend. I felt Vettel was more off topic after the race, complaining about not winning.

    • gopher said on 9th May 2010, 18:44

      Is this F1fanatics or ALOhaters.com?. Well Webber did nothing exciting today also, he just led all the way through. And won, quite deserverdly. Fernando nicely outpaced Massa, and didn’t committ a single mistake, particularly he didn’t needlessly punish his tyres and stuff like some other pilot did.

      Go Fernando!!!

    • MAKrifayee said on 10th May 2010, 4:02

      Yeah they both had problems and he just benefited from that.There is no denial in that,but to say him he is over rated jus because of this…i wouldn’t agree on that

  10. bobo said on 9th May 2010, 15:31

    and he’s always driven that way, as you well know.

  11. kowalsky said on 9th May 2010, 15:34

    webber was the driver of the day, without a doubt. But the one that came out best this weekend, was alonso. His car it’s the third best at the moment, but he played his cards well, and had the champions luck on his side. He is second in the championship, and the ones he most fears, hamilton and vettel, scored less points than him. Today was a copy cat race of many alain prost did in the past. Not very exciting, but very important points in the race to the world championship.

    • BasCB said on 9th May 2010, 16:43

      For Button it is somethink like it. Still on top, even if he was not the best. Keep the points going until an opportunity comes to cash in with a win.

  12. MPJ1994 said on 9th May 2010, 15:35

    Great to hear the Australian National Anthem once again :) Awesome drive by Mark.

    I’m not going to lie and say I was saddened by Hamiltons crash, but he did put in a great drive and he deserved second but Mark was just untouchable today.

    Bring on Monaco :)

    • Matt said on 10th May 2010, 2:40

      I never thought our national anthem was either good or bad, just middle of the road… but the Austrian anthem for Red Bull makes ours sound almost as upbeat as the Italian anthem

      • Mr. T said on 11th May 2010, 0:05

        I like the Brazilian and Italian anthems best. But the way Felipe was going, I’ve got more chance of hearing that combo if Italy face Brasil in the World Cup Final!

  13. Harry D said on 9th May 2010, 15:38

    Its always nice to hear Aussie anthem..Webber..Awesome…

  14. Ed said on 9th May 2010, 15:38

    Ferrari shouldn’t have brought Massa in on the same lap as Schumacher, it could have cost him 2 positions as it turned out.

  15. Ed said on 9th May 2010, 15:38

    Also, still no grand chelems (pole, win, lead every lap, fastest lap) since 2004!

    • Mike said on 9th May 2010, 15:49

      Ed, of course making a (pole, wind, lead every lap, fastest lap) is more important that winning two championships… of course..

      what the hell Alonso did against you in other life, man?

      Bad luck for Pedro :(

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