It seems the three weeks break has done wonders for Red Bull as Mark Webber gets his first win of the 2010 season. He started from pole position and steamed ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel at the start of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona. The race was basically pretty straightforward as there was no overtaking on the track whatsoever. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was second (to the delight of Spanish fans as he's Spanish) and third was Sebastian Vettel.
I'd have to say that the only pit stop was used by most of the front runners to strategize an overtaking maneuver and only those taking up the rear of the field were taking a crack at each other. Moments of action were when Sebastian Vettel lost out the Lewis Hamilton of McLaren in the pit stop but unfortunately for Mr. Hamilton, he suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap causing him to hit the tire barriers and be classified in 14th. Tough luck.
The other McLaren, driving by the reigning world champion Jenson Button lost out to the venerable Michael Schumacher. He spent 40 laps or so stuck behind Herr Schumacher, unable to overtake. It seems the Brawn Mercedes that Michael Schumacher was driving has a few updates. Particularly the longer wheelbase which seems to suit Schumacher's driving style (at the expense of Nico Rosberg's style, it seems) and the aero upgrades – particularly the double air intakes to the left and right of the driver's helmet instead of high up over the driver's head.
The final bit of supposedly suspense was when Sebastian Vettel had to pit for fresh tires and this had allowed Alonso driving the Ferrari through into third with Lewis Hamilton in front. However as stated above, Hamilton suffered a puncture and this caused Alonso to come in second, and Vettel third. Schumacher in fourth, Button fifth and Massa of Ferrari sixth.
It could have been more interesting, but after two very interesting races in Asia, this three week breather and a slightly tame race is okay by me. I do not know about you guys though. The next race is Sunday, 16th May in Monaco.
01. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1h35:44.101
02. Alonso Ferrari + 24.000
03. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 51.300
04. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:02.100
05. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1:03.700
06. Massa Ferrari + 1:05.700
07. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1:12.900
08. Kubica Renault + 1:13.600
09. 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
Did Not Finish
Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 43
Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 28
De la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 19
Senna HRT-Cosworth 1
Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1