Fernando Alonso of Ferrari proved to be untouchable in Spain, as he succeeded by a clear margin on Sunday, May 12, 2013. He was quick right from the start of the race and no one managed to cause problems for him in the end. His team-mate Felipe Massa also did a decent job and finished third on the podium.
Alonso was aggressive on the opening lap and gained lead after the first round of pit stops. Once he was in front, he started pulling away from his rivals. His only concern would have been Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen, who was managing his tyres really well and stopped one time less than most of the top-10 cars.
However, the Finn was unable to gain any advantages because of that and had to settle for second position on the podium. He did manage to beat Massa though because of the fact that the Brazilian pitted a bit late in his final stint.
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was unable to fight for the podium and finished fourth overall ahead of team-mate Mark Webber.
Pole setter Nico Rosberg had to suffer the disappointment of losing positions due to tyre wear once again, as he ended in sixth place. He could have lost that position to Force-India’s Paul di Resta in the end, but the latter driver failed to overtake the Mercedes of Rosberg in the final couple of laps.
Eighth and ninth places went to the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez respectively. The pair had a mixed race and showed signs of improvement overall. However, they lacked the speed to finish in the top five and would have been pleased to score some useful points.
Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo managed to grab the final point from the race. He finished one place of rookie Esteban Gutierez, who came close to winning the first ever point of his career in Formula 1.
After the end of the Spanish GP, Vettel is still on top of the Driver’s Championship with 89 points whereas he is followed by the iceman, who is four points behind. Meanwhile, Alonso’s victory has put him in third place with 72 points overall.