2013 Spanish Grand Prix summary
Fernando Alonso scored his second win of the year in the Spanish Grand Prix.
A rapid start by Ferrari driver moved him past Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton in the opening stint. He made his first pit stop one lap before Sebastian Vettel to jump ahead of the Red Bull driver, then passed Nico Rosberg for the lead shortly afterwards.
Raikkonen got ahead of Vettel as he stretched his tyres out for a three-stop strategy. Massa jumped ahead of the Lotus during the pit stops earlier in the race Raikkonen took the position back when Massa made his final visit to the pits.
Vettel slipped back from the lead group and had to settle for fourth place but retains his lead in the drivers’ championship by four points over Raikkonen. Mark Webber recovered from a poor first lap to take sixth.
Having started from the front row of the grid the Mercedes drivers slipped backwards. Rosberg was quickly passed by Vettel and Raikkonen, and Lewis Hamilton had lost a string of places earlier in the race.
Rosberg successfully held Paul di Resta off for sixth place but Hamilton plummeted out of the points, coming home 12th after seemingly spending most of the race being overtaken.
Jenson Button climbed from 14th to take eighth with team mate Sergio Perez behind him. Daniel Ricciardo resisted Esteban Gutierrez for tenth place and the final point.
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