Sebastian Vettel won on Circuit de Catalunya the Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1 2011 season obtaining in Barcelona the fourth win in five stages after a balanced fight against Lewis Hamilton. The podium was completed by Jenson Button.
The Spanish Grand Prix gave Formula 1 fans a new dose of entertainment, the fight for victory was given until the last lap, and the number of overtakes was much higher than in the previous races.
Even if it had a relatively modest start in which remained in second place after being overtaken by Fernando Alonso and outrun Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel had a spectacular comeback at the end of a four-stop in the pit strategy. Red Bull driver has overtake in one lap on Button, Massa and Rosberg after returning from the first pit-stop, and in round 20 overtake Alonso before returning on the track to the first position in front of Hamilton at the end of the last pit-stop in the lap 49.
Although remaining less than one second behind Vettel over the last 10-15 laps, Lewis Hamilton was unable to launch a decisive attack for victory and had to settle for 2nd place, but the performance is a step further for McLaren.
Jenson Button took the last position on the podium thanks of an inspired strategy with only three pit-stops, thus managing to forget the disappointing start in which he descended from 5 to 10th position. McLaren driver has recovered some positions after the first series of rivals pit-stops, and after the entry from lap 49 he has secured third place.
Starting from pole position, Mark Webber has completely failed the start and was overtaken by Vettel and Fernando Alonso, and on lap 10 lost a new position in front of Hamilton at the first entry to the pits. The Australian had a wheel the wheel duel with Alonso for fourth place on the line stands, which he won at the last entry to the pit-stops from lap 49. Fernando Alonso had to settle only with 5th place, despite the fact that he had an excellent start of the race.
Mercedes GP obtained 6 and 7th places through Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. Left from the start grid in 10th place, the seven times world champion has won four positions at the start and stayed permanently in front of his teammate, which he managed to beat for the first time this season, despite Rosberg’s efforts to overtake him.
Spain – Race Rankings and overall standings (Provisional Race Results)
The Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Catalunya, Spain;
58 laps; 4.655 km (2.875 mi); Weather: Sunny.
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton, 1:26.727, lap 52
|4||Webber||Red Bull-Renault||+ 47.966|
|5||Alonso||Ferrari||+ 1 lap|
|6||Schumacher||Mercedes GP||+ 1 lap|
|7||Rosberg||Mercedes GP||+ 1 lap|
|8||Heidfeld||Renault||+ 1 lap|
|9||Perez||Sauber-Ferrari||+ 1 lap|
|10||Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari||+ 1 lap|
|11||Petrov||Renault||+ 1 lap|
|12||Di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||+ 1 lap|
|13||Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||+ 1 lap|
|14||Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||+ 1 lap|
|15||Maldonado||Williams-Cosworth||+ 1 lap|
|16||Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||+ 2 lap|
|17||Barrichello||Williams-Cosworth||+ 2 lap|
|18||Trulli||Lotus-Renault||+ 2 lap|
|19||Glock||Virgin-Cosworth||+ 2 laps|
|20||D’Ambrosio||Virgin-Cosworth||+ 2 laps|
|21||Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||+ 2 laps|
Abandons: Driver / Team Vitantonio Liuzzi (Hispania) Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus) Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
World Championship standings, round 3:
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