May 12th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - The Ferrari pair of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finished first and third in Spain, after a strong display from the Italian team. Kimi Raikkonen came second for Lotus, after looking like he might be able to challenge for the win in the middle part of he race.
For Mercedes, the race was a complete disaster. Rosberg and Hamilton started on the front row, but simply did not have the pace to compete. Hamilton was passed by a Williams at one stage, which did not amuse him, as he told the team on the radio. He was constantly asked to preserve his tyres, to the point that he protested "I can't drive any slower". Rosberg eventually salvaged sixth place, while Hamilton finished 12th, a lap down on winner Alonso.
Typically in the era of Pirelli tyres, the race was all about managing wear and making the right calls on pit stop strategy. Alonso and Massa made four stops to Raikkonen's three, the Lotus being kind enough to its tyres to manage without the extra stop. But ultimately, Alonso was just too quick for Raikkonen and came home 9.3 seconds ahead of the Lotus.
The Red Bull pair of Vettel and Webber finished fourth and fifth, followed by the leading Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. Paul Di Resta put in another strong drive to finish seventh, ahead of the McLaren pair of Button and Perez. Daniel Ricciardo completed the top ten, picking up a valuable point for Toro Rosso.
Sebastian Vettel's lead in the championship is now cut to four points from Kimi Raikkonen, with Fernando Alonso a further 13 points back in third.
Full race results:
|2||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||66||+9.3 secs||4||18|
|3||4||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||66||+26.0 secs||9||15|
|4||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||66||+38.2 secs||3||12|
|5||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||66||+47.9 secs||7||10|
|6||9||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||66||+68.0 secs||1||8|
|7||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||66||+68.9 secs||10||6|
|8||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||66||+79.5 secs||14||4|
|9||6||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes||66||+81.7 secs||8||2|
|10||19||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||65||+1 Lap||11||1|
|11||12||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||65||+1 Lap||19|
|12||10||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||65||+1 Lap||2|
|13||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||65||+1 Lap||13|
|14||16||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||65||+1 Lap||17|
|15||11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||65||+1 Lap||15|
|16||17||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||65||+1 Lap||16|
|17||20||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||65||+1 Lap||22|
|18||22||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth||64||+2 Laps||20|
|19||23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||64||+2 Laps||21|
|Ret||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||52||Accident damage||12|
|Ret||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||21||Wheel||18|