Alonso wins the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix

2013 Spanish Grand Prix summary

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Cataunya, Barcelona, 2013Fernando 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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52 comments on Alonso wins the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix

  1. Gill (@gill) said on 12th May 2013, 16:40

    I dont know what you guys want ? Do you want the snoozefest again that was known as Belgian Gp 2007…. The tires are degrading fast but the good car/driver combination is winning. and its same for everyone. As f ans we should continuie supporting F1 because we love this sport. I dont care if its a 4 stop or 10 stop races, if the drivers have tires at their disposal, let them use them for their own sake. Its the start of the season and teams will get used to these tires asap. Stop criticising and celebrate that you have seen one more race however good or bad that is.

  2. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 12th May 2013, 17:09

    Apparently Alonso was called to see stewards for… receiving the Spanish flag after the race. Word “absurd” was given a completely new meaning.

  3. sic_j02 said on 12th May 2013, 17:39

    I understand the complaint about tyre degradation but it’s the same for everyone. Congrats to ferrari and Fernando including massa for doing a great job. This is what FIA have served them and ferrari managed to make it work.

  4. anon said on 12th May 2013, 22:04

    Vettel has to be happy with where he is in the championship despite having at best the third fastest car out there in the first five races. Red Bull was nowhere at this track last year and both Ferrari and Lotus were very strong.

    I’d like to see driver be able to push a little more, but the nature of the circuit made for a typically boring Barcelona race more than anything.

    • jre_f1 (@jre_f1) said on 12th May 2013, 22:08

      That car was not 3rd fastest in Bahrain, or Malaysia, clearly!!

      • anon said on 13th May 2013, 10:04

        Maybe second quickest in Malaysia. Bahrain third fastest. Kimi cracked under the pressure of qualifying and Alonso (who also cracked in qualifying) had the DRS problem, so Vettel was unchallenged out front.

        Definitely the third best car on the grid yet he’s still leading the championship and has driven the best. No mistakes and consistent.

  5. jre_f1 (@jre_f1) said on 12th May 2013, 22:07

    I don’t get the Merc degradation thing. Its the fastest thing over one lap so it has great grip and traction and mechanical grip. So why are the tyres wearing so thin with multiple laps? Is it overheating its tyres? Are the tyres slipping with more fuel onboard, is it a weight distribution thing, the car is good light but heavy, rubbish!

    Its plain weird, I’ve never known anything like it. Cannot understand why Nico was not so badly effected as Lewis either

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