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GP Week : Issue 117
32 Team-By-Team: Spanish Gr and Prix, Barcelona Having been a full second behind in qualifying, McLaren and Lewis Hamilton were delighted to come away with second place, less than a second behind Vettel. Although Hamilton was clearly quicker than the German throughout the final half of the race he was unable to get by and wasn’t aggressive enough on his strategy. Team- mate Button opted for a three-stop strategy, but was on the back foot from the start when he fell to 10th. A double overtake on Webber and Alonso on lap 36 cleared his way to secure third place at the finish. Webber’s great work in qualifying on Saturday to secure his first pole of the year was immediately undone at lights-out on Sunday as he dropped from first to third by the first corner. Having kept second off the line, team- mate Vettel was hounding Alonso for the lead and adopted an aggressive pitstop strategy to pit early for his first two stops, eventually securing the lead second time around. But he would spend the rest of the race fending off Lewis Hamilton’s intense challenge, before taking the chequered flag 0.6 seconds clear. Webber had to settle for fourth after getting hampered by staying behind Alonso until lap 39, costing him a place on the podium. Nick Heidfeld made great use of a full compliment of new tyres to secure eighth place in Spain, but could well have finished sixth had the race been one lap longer after closing to within 1.2 seconds of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher on the last lap. He started the race on the hard and immediately made up 7 places from last on the grid, before reeling off impressive laptimes on the soft tyre to climb into the points. Team- mate Petrov went in the other direction after starting sixth. He also three-stopped but struggled with a long stint on the soft at the end of the race. A DRS failure on Nico Rosberg’s car allowed Michael Schumacher to get one up on his younger team-mate, as the Silver Arrows crossed the line in formation in sixth and seventh. Rosberg lost radio communication early in the race, having previously had a request for team orders to let him get by Schumacher turned down by team principal Ross Brawn. The pair were fighting among themselves for almost the entire race, and the race ended just in time for them not to be caught by Renault’s Nick Heidfeld. The W02 car was a clear third-best during the race however, having finished 18 seconds behind Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Williams insist they are improving, even if they again failed to score points despite Maldonado starting in ninth place on the grid. The Venezuelan lost four places off the line and wasn’t happy with his four-stop strategy which limited him to 15th place. Team-mate Barrichello also four-stopped but had trouble with KERS and a very slow first pitstop which lost him 10 seconds. A gearbox problem in qualifying had put him 19th on the grid and he managed to gain just two places to finish 17th. A short stint on the soft tyre at the end of the race allowed him to set the second fastest lap of the race, a mere consolation prize. Barcelona’s demand for maximum aerodynamic efficiency hurt Ferrari badly in Spain, as they struggled to get the hard tyre to work and were unable to keep pace with Red Bull and McLaren ahead. Their impressive straightline speed allowed Alonso to keep the lead once he jumped Webber, Vettel and Hamilton at turn 1, but he had no answer when they jumped him at the second round of stops. He eventually finished a lap down after struggling badly on the hard in the final half of the race. Team-mate Massa retired with 8 laps to go after a gearbox failure. He had been running 8th at the time.