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Alonso takes popular home victory in Spain

Fernando Alonso has won his home Grand Prix in front of an ecstatic Spanish crowd
Sunday, May 12, 2013

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:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 66 1:39:16.596 5 25
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
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 8 Suspension 6

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