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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199 comments on Webber dominates as Hamilton crashes out of second

  1. Gusto said on 9th May 2010, 18:35

    When a tyre deflates due to a puncture the tyre will start to heat up due to the tyre rolling on its side walls, this reinflates the tyre till it blows off the rims, this you can see when He goes into turn 3, the tyre takes on a bloated rounded look before the inner rim blows and flies off, it has nothing too do with tyre wear. Not the most exciting race but Ive seen worse.

  2. sumedh said on 9th May 2010, 19:12

    Saw some interesting stats on the Planet-F1 website.

    “In qualifying, Red Bull were – wait for it – 21st and 22nd through the speed trap.

    And in the same qualifying, they were – wait for it – 20kmph faster any other car through Turn 9 / Campsa.”

    • polishboy808 said on 9th May 2010, 19:32

      Interesting, I saw many people back off on that turn. But wow! 14 mph is a big difference.

    • Umar Farooq Khawaja said on 9th May 2010, 21:37

      That really is pretty impressive. Can you imagine the lap times if they had most speed in the straights?


  3. Alex said on 9th May 2010, 20:12

    What’s up with everyone calling this race boring? I might not have been the most exiting race but it certainly wasn’t boring. And a bad habit this year as we have had loads of DNS’s. Both lotusses, de la rosa, glock….

  4. Umar Farooq Khawaja said on 9th May 2010, 21:35

    Keith, Button did say that Schumacher was moving about a lot on the straight, but he did not say that Schumacher would know better with his experience about his moving about on the straight. Button said that about Schumacher turning in on him in Turn 1 after Button’s first pit stop.

    Personally, I think Button was being less than gracious towards Schumacher in his after-race comments. I didn’t see anything unfair or dangerous from Schumacher. I did think that he did an outstanding job keeping a much slower car ahead.

    BTW, when did moving about on the straight become dangerous? I thought it was only moving about in the braking/turning zones that was considered bad form.

    For me, Schumacher was definitely driver of the day for keeping Button behind for almost an entire race distance.

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

      Schumacher was pleased with it too. Did you see his interviews after the race? He was nearly as stoked as Webber!

    • Mr. T said on 11th May 2010, 0:27

      > when did moving about on the straight become dangerous?

      Could be a reference to the outcome from Hamilton weaving in front of Petrov in China.

  5. rikadyn said on 9th May 2010, 23:21

    This track needs to be razed.

  6. simone said on 9th May 2010, 23:47

    Something actually broke on Lewis’s tyre, this is nothing to do with his ‘driving style’ – now I thought I saw something hit his tyre, but my other half (and we repeated this 3 times) just thought that something broke off. Martin Whitmarsh hinted after that it wasnt a straightforward puncture. – can anyone shed some light on what actually happened?

    Also, is it just me or has Massa been missing some mojo this weekend…

    • Re Massa – Massa for me has not seemed the same for the last two races, and with the rumour of kubica signing for next year, maybe it’s not just a rumour, and the fight has gone from him, or alternately maybe he’s been told to defer to Alonso so has no incentive anymore. ??

      You tube has a clip and if stopped at the right moment, looks like the inner wheel rim breaks. (Very tricky to stop in the right place).

    • Re Massa – Massa for me has not seemed the same for the last two races, and with the rumour of kubica signing for next year, maybe it’s not just a rumour, and the fight has gone from him, or alternately maybe he’s been told to defer to Alonso so has no incentive anymore. ??

      You tube has a clip and if stopped at the right moment,(Very tricky to stop in the right place)looks like the inner wheel rim breaks.

  7. Jake said on 10th May 2010, 2:19

    Hamilton is of a different color. Most will never admit he is the best. Its just to hard.

  8. Catalina ;) said on 10th May 2010, 2:43

    Someone explain me
    Did Hamilton got it wrong in the last lap? cos I think he didn’t.
    I’m pretty sure it was a car failure or something else.

    • dragon said on 10th May 2010, 3:17

      Nah, he didn’t get it wrong, although some will say he was going fast for no reason. Turn 3 is extremely hard on the left front tyre, but there’s no way to predict that it will just go on you like that. He was pushing hard because the team knew that if Webber was suffering the same brake problems as Vettel, then there was an outside chance for victory.

  9. dragon said on 10th May 2010, 7:30

    Naturally the RB6 will carry less speed through the speed trap – no F-duct, the slightly less powerful renault engine, and a hair more downforce than the rest. Vulnerable on straights, but untouchable through medium to high speed corners.

  10. PeterG said on 10th May 2010, 7:57

    It was a great race. Seeing Schumacher being attacked by Button for 45 laps! Shame for Hamilton because his failure cost me a lot of points in predicition game.
    But how about Kamui Kobayashi completing a full race?
    He must be naed driver of the day. He completed four times more laps in this race then all first four races combined. Shame he did not get a point for it.
    Will Schumacher be on podium in Monaco?
    Will Hamilton finally turn his speed into a win?
    It’s only one week.

  11. emil said on 10th May 2010, 9:57

    most of you thinking that is stupid thing to push to the end like Hamilton, but in the other hand every f1 fan like real racing to the end of the race and how to happen if every one thinking only scoring points no mater first second or third…..and for that reason FIA make this points system….and i cant understand that all of you like to watch overtaking and real racing and in the other hand when someone trying hard like Hamilton you make him stupid or that is to much aggressive and most be penalized…..just i don’t get it, Schumacher and Senna become legend with this kind of driving and now we have Hamilton and most of you just hate him even people from England ….i wonder reason behind this is because is black!

  12. Schumi_the_greatest said on 10th May 2010, 12:56

    Hamilton definatley had some sort of failure with his tyres sooner rather than later its going to come together for him. The fact hes only 21 points behind button (not a race wins worth of points) probably says more about the fact that apart from the 2 victories button has been quite poor. he cant overtake it seems and his moaning about shcumacher was rather stupid he needs to be more aggresssive he can do it we saw that at brazil last year. It seems to me that now hes won a world tittle hes got this chip on his shoulder scumacher did nothing wrong work harder next time jenson.

  13. wasiF1 said on 11th May 2010, 4:33

    A good race but with some drama’s.
    I get frustrated about the driving style of Hamilton. I think he is way to aggressive with the car, probably the most aggressive driver out there. He had many tyres failure in the past especially in Turkey in 2007 ( if I remember correctly) & due to the aggression the team decided to do 3 stops in 2008.Now I am not telling anything against that but if he needs to up his game then he needs to slow down a bit. Look at Button the moment he knew that he won’t make a pass Schumacher he backed off. The smooth & gentle style of Button is suiting the Mclaren more the the aggressive style of Hamilton.

    • wasiF1 said on 11th May 2010, 4:41

      Schumacher’s race was great he was defending Button just like in the old days.Massa needs to do something if he don’t want Ferrari ti think about Kubica.Again a Force India in the points that have to be one of the team that have came from nothing now a regular point finish. I won’t be surprise to see them on the podium sometime in the future. Both the Nico made 3 stops is that have anything to do with the strategy? The Red Bulls look that they are the car to beat only if they can beat the reliability

    • Patrickl said on 11th May 2010, 12:25

      This whole rant is based on the premise that Hamilton “destroyed” his tyre. Which makes no sense at all really.

      • wasiF1 said on 12th May 2010, 2:58

        Well I was not telling anything against Hamilton. But yes I was wrong about my theory as they found out that it was the rim that has made the problem.

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