Mark Webber takes a dominant victory in the Grand Prix of Spain.
Lewis Hamilton misses out on a podium with a puncture on lap 65
Vettel facing severe brake problems limps his car home in third.
Fernando Alonso wows the crowd with his second spot on the podium.
Mark Webber: Yeah, absolutely rapped. After qualifying yesterday it was certainly a great position for us to start the grand prix in. We knew it was a long run to the first corner here and we had some pretty quick cars behind us in terms of top speed, so that was the very important part of the race to unlock that and get out of turn one still in the lead. It was quite tight into turn one. We had a good battle going into there and then I just settled into a rhythm really into the first stint, looking after tyres, making sure we got the option through as everyone is still learning, venue to venue, about how the tyres might operate. We had a pretty good idea they would behave themselves but you never know. We just made sure they were in pretty good nick and finishing the stint in a good fashion which they did. Clean pit-stop. I had Seb with me at that stage and then after the pit stop I had Lewis (Hamilton) behind me and we just controlled the gap really. Looking after the car, engine, tyres as still the grands prix are pretty long and the cars are built for a distance and you need to get the cars home. The team have been incredible this week, getting the cars ready, long, long nights for the guys, an incredible amount of effort at the factory. Working on holidays, so collectively Renault and Red Bull have put a huge effort in. The driver did his little bit of work and in the end it was a fantastic result and I am absolutely thrilled.
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1h35:44.101
2. Alonso Ferrari + 24.065
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 51.338
4. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:02.195
5. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1:03.728
6. Massa Ferrari + 1:05.767
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1:12.941
8. Kubica Renault + 1:13.677
9. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
10. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
11. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
13. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
14. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 2 laps
15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps
16. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth + 2 laps
17. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth + 3 laps
18. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps
19. Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth + 4 laps
Reverse cage rattling at Red Bull with Webber grabbing pole in Barcelona.
Red Bull continue their streak of front row starts with a dominating 1-2
Mark Webber: “It is a good battle between both of us quite often, Seb has a great record, it is nice to get one the other way. It shows how well the team is working collectively as a group.
It is nice if you get it all together and get the result. We have a good long race tomorrow. I am happy with car in race situation. There are no points today so I am looking forward to tomorrow”
Sebastian Vettel: “Mark did a very good job today, a very smooth run through all the qualifying sessions,” said Vettel. “He always seemed to beat me too much in the final sector, we have to look at the data and see where I can improve.
I think we are enjoying ourselves,” he said. “Obviously Mark wants to beat me and I want to beat him, that is not a secret.
Even though the time looks comfortable, we have to keep our feet on the ground because tomorrow is the most important day.
So far we have been quick and done a good job. If we are here tomorrow and we can confirm that then I would be very pleased.”
Michael Schumacher Finally out qualifies his team mate Nico Rosberg.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.412 1:20.655 1:19.995
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:21.680 1:20.772 1:20.101
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.723 1:21.415 1:20.829
4. Alonso Ferrari 1:21.957 1:21.549 1:20.937
5. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.915 1:21.168 1:20.991
6. Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.528 1:21.557 1:21.294
7. Kubica Renault 1:22.488 1:21.599 1:21.353
8. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.419 1:21.867 1:21.408
9. Massa Ferrari 1:22.564 1:21.841 1:21.585
10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.577 1:21.725 1:21.984
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.628 1:21.985
12. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.211 1:22.026
13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.857 1:22.131
14. Petrov Renault 1:22.976 1:22.139
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.699 1:22.191
16. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.593 1:22.207
17. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.084 1:22.854
18. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.125
19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.674
20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.748
21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.475
22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.556
23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:26.750
24. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:27.122
Vettel on top of the time sheets in final practice.
Ferrari remove the controversial bar code from the F10.
Sebastien Vettel:”I am trying to show everyone how strong we are, and let’s see how we do. For this race it is the same for everyone – you try to bring new parts and try to bring a step forward. We have some new parts and we need to confirm it is the step we think it is, and then we go from there.”
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:20.528 15
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.232 + 0.704 11
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.348 + 0.820 14
4. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.376 + 0.848 16
5. Schumacher Mercedes 1:21.583 + 1.055 14
6. Massa Ferrari 1:21.749 + 1.221 16
7. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.013 + 1.485 14
8. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.091 + 1.563 15
9. Kubica Renault 1:22.242 + 1.714 20
10. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.377 + 1.849 12
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.400 + 1.872 18
12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.412 + 1.884 11
13. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.527 + 1.999 20
14. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.634 + 2.106 16
15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.926 + 2.398 20
16. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:22.953 + 2.425 16
17. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.597 + 3.069 12
18. Petrov Renault 1:23.896 + 3.368 5
19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.610 + 4.082 14
20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.745 + 4.217 11
21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.722 + 5.194 15
22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.855 + 5.327 14
23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:26.611 + 6.083 18
24. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:30.246 + 9.718 6
F1weekly Podcast number 423 Is on!
Back to Europe and Barcelona for what some say is the real start of the Championship.
The FIA give the OK to Ferrari engine upgrades.
“A lot of work was carried out on the test bench, completing several long runs and this work produced some solutions which it is felt will solve the reliability problems experienced in Bahrain and Malaysia. The team therefore requested and received authorisation from the FIA to make some changes within the framework of the current engine regulations and these modifications will be fitted to the engines to be used in Spain.
While since China, everyone in the Gestione Sportiva has been working hard as always on their various areas of activity, it is fair to say that over the past weeks, the staff in the engine department really produced a major effort, working night and day to analyse, evaluate and solve issues that have affected engine performance in past races.”
Listen to Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.
Jersey City looking to bring the Formula 1 circus back to US shores.
‘To maximize the dramatic effect, Jersey City could possibly follow in Singapore’s footsteps by holding the finals at night,’ an official press release reads. ‘Pictured is a generic circular circuit through Liberty State Park, which covers a distance of 3.6 miles; the area would provide the least impact to city functions and the greatest possible space to accommodate ticket holders.As the park has 1,212 acres, with a significant portion dedicated open space, amble viewing facilities can be erected, with the potential to hold the largest spectator audience on record. There are multiple ways to carve out the interior to make the course challenging with tight turns, great straights, plenty of options to place the pits, run-off zones, team facilities, media centre and of course the paddock area.’
LORENZO’S LAST LAP SPLASH
Jerez. Jorge Lorenzo took a dramatic last lap victory over fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, and then celebrated with a dive in the lake at the circuit.
“I saw the lake on Thursday and thought it would be funny to jump in and I think the fans liked it, but I didn’t really think about how heavy I’d be with wet leathers and for a minute I thought I’ve wasn’t going to get out,” the jubilant man from Mallorca was quoted on Motorsport.com
Pedrosa, on his Repsol Honda, started from pole position and led each and every lap of the race before running wide on the final lap, allowing Lorenzo to sneak by and steal victory in their home Grand Prix.
Lorenzo passed his FIAT Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi and relentlessly hunted down the race leader. After playing ‘let’s get physical’ with Pedrosa couple of times he seized the opportunity with only a handful of corners to go.
Last year at the Catalunya Grand Prix in Barcelona Lorenzo was at the receiving end of a last lap, last corner pass by Rossi, who today had the best view of the action in front from his third place in the race. The top three were covered by one second.
Jerez is also remembered for one of the greatest and closest finishes in Formula 1 history. The 1986 Tio Pepe Spanish Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna in a JPS Lotus-Renault and Nigel Mansell in a Williams-Honda made a dash for the finish line side by side.
Senna winning by a mere 0.014s