Monday, May 14, 2012

Sensational victory of the Venezuelan Maldonado in Spain GP

The final Formula 1 plays crazy. The Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado was sensational on Sunday won his first Grand Prix. The Williams driver won in Spain ahead of local hero Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus returnees.

Alonso finished in the standings after points leader to Sebastian Vettel, who is in the Red Bull after a drive-through sixth different winner in the fifth rettete.Maldonado fifth race of the season, it has been recently 1983rd The pole position was the 27-year-old on the eve inherited by a punishment of McLaren star Lewis Hamilton, who is up from last place to eighth vorarbeitete - immediately in front of his team-mate Jenson Button. In the Third World as Hamilton missing eight points on the leading duo Vettel and Alonso.

Williams first win since 2004

The sensation, however, played entirely on the front, where the resurgent Alonso Maldonado kept in check. "It's a wonderful day. Not only for me but for the whole team, "said the Venezuelan. For Williams it was his first win since Juan Pablo Montoya in Brazil in October 2004. Since 2008, the team tradition, where the Austrian Christian 'Toto' Wolff is involved, not on the podium.
"We're back, I would say," said Wolff. "But we decry it. I would be happy if we can continue to compete. "Last year, Williams was brought in as ninth in the constructors' world championship in the season just five points. Maldonado also had five points after 23 races in the premier class to date on the credit side - a sum which he six times at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Alonso happy with second place

Alonso Maldonado had indeed overtaken at the start, the Venezuelans are pressed at the second pit stop but come back. A former tire changes had paid off. "It was tough, but the car was competitive from the start," said Maldonado, whose previous best placing was in eighth place in China. Alonso was also satisfied with second place. "The World Cup is for us an important step forward," said the Spaniard.
Raikkonen ended up behind the Lotus team mate Romain Grosjean, with over a minute behind followed Kamui Kobayashi in the Sauber, Vettel and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes. Vettel was punished for disobeying a Yellow Flag, more than fifth place but it had not already passed. "They were ahead faster," Vettel admitted, with a remarkable comeback in the finishing operation, at least limit the damage. "That was fun." Team-mate Mark Webber was in eleventh place with no points.

Red Bull weakened

For Red Bull, it was not only the weakest result of the season, but even the weakest performance since a double retirement in October 2010 in South Korea. In the constructors' championship, the Austro-British world champion team leads but still eleven points ahead of McLaren. "Right now, everything is top in F1," said Red Bull's motorsport director Helmut Marko. This is due to the difficult-to-understand Pirelli tires. Marko: "We must brace ourselves for surprises this season of any kind." Maldonado was just the beginning.

Final of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Spain

 First Pastor Maldonado (VEN) 01:39:09,145 Williams
 Second Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari +03.195
 Third Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus +03.884
 4th Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus +14.799
 5th Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber +01:04,641
 6th Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull +01:07,576
 7th Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes +01:17,919
 8th Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren +01:18,140
 9th Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren +01:25,246
10th Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India +1 lap
11th Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull +1 lap
12th Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso +1 lap
13th Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Toro Rosso +1 lap
14th Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India +1 lap
15th Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari +1 lap
16th Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham +1 lap
17th Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham +1 lap
18th Timo Glock (GER) Marussia +2 rounds
19th Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT +3 laps
Eliminated: Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia, Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes, Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams
Fastest lap: Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 01:26,250, average: 194.300 km / h


 First Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull 61
 Second Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 61
 Third Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 53
 4th Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus 49
 5th Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull 48
 6th Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren 45
 7th Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 41
 8th Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 35
 9th Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams 29
10th Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber 22
11th Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 19
12th Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India 15
13th Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams 14
14th Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso 4
15th Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India 3
16th Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Toro Rosso 2
17th Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 2
18th Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes 2


First Red Bull 109
Second McLaren 98
Third Lotus 84
4th Ferrari 63
5th Mercedes 43
6th Williams 43
7th Clean 41
8th Force India 18
9th Toro Rosso 6
Next race: GP of Monaco on 27 May (Pentecost Sunday) in Monte Carlo.


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