Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012

Top ten pictures from the Spanish Grand Prix

2012 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

A selection of ten of the best pictures from the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

Fernando Alonso, Friday practice

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012

All eyes were on Ferrari at the beginning of the weekend as their updated F2012 took to the track.

The initial signs were good: Fernando Alonso was quickest in first practice by almost four-tenths of a second having been eight-tenths or more off the pace in every previous FP1 session this year.

Alexander Rossi, Friday practice

Alexander Rossi, Caterham, Barcelona, 2012

Two drivers made their first appearances at an F1 race weekend: Caterham’s Alexander Rossi and HRT’s Dani Clos.

The American logged 25 laps in the CT01 on Friday morning. The weekend before he had raced for Caterham’s Formula Renault 3.5 team at another Spanish track, Motorland Aragon, taking a best finish of fifth.

Lewis Hamilton, qualifying

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Barcelona, 2012

McLaren paid the price for instructing Lewis Hamilton to stop on the track after qualifying after he had low on fuel – the stewards sent him to the back of the grid.

After the race McLaren revealed they had become aware of Hamilton’s fuel situation after he had begun his qualifying lap. Team principal Martin Whitmarsh conceded the correct course of action would have been to tell Hamilton to abandon his qualifying effort.

Spanish Grand Prix start

Start, Barcelona, 2012

Hamilton’s penalty handed pole position to Pastor Maldonado. But for the second year in a row it was Alonso who led into the first corner.

Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton, race

Heikki Kovalainen, Lewis Hamilton, Barcelona, 2012

Former McLaren team mates Heikki Kovalainen and Hamilton scrapped for 16th place early on. The battle didn’t last long – Hamilton eventually finished eighth.

Kimi Raikkonen, race

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen finished on the podium for the second race in a row.

Although the crowd on the bank in the foreground looks substantial, the dearer grandstand seats in the background have only a smattering of spectators. Attendance continued to fall at the race due to Spain’s economic troubles.

Mark Webber, race

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2012

Both Red Bull drivers had to change their front wings during the race due to damage. Mark Webber finished out of the points for the first time this year in 11th.

Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso, race

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012

An early second pit stop for Maldonado allowed him to claim the lead back from Alonso. The Ferrari driver gave chase, but it was in vain, Maldonado edging clear in the final stint to win by three seconds.

Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, race

Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Barcelona, 2012

The Mercedes gave its tyres a hard time in the final stint and Rosberg fell back into the clutch of Vettel, who demoted him for sixth place. Rosberg held on to seventh place, chased across the line by Hamilton.

Podium

Fernando Alonso, Pastor Maldonado, Kimi Raikkonen, Barcelona, 2012

The man of the hour is raised aloft by two world champions at the end of the race.

More Spanish Grand Prix pictures

2012 Spanish Grand Prix

Browse all 2012 Spanish Grand Prix articles

Images ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, Caterham/LAT, McLaren/Hoch Zwei, Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, Caterham/LAT, Lotus F1 Team/LAT, Red Bull/Getty images, Williams/LAT, Mercedes/Hoch Zwei, Pireli/LAT