Fernando Alonso made the perfect use of a blistering start and bold strategy to deliver an emphatic victory to his adoring fans at the Spanish Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. It was a race that was dictated by tyre strategy, with much of the field played it safe by adopting a four-stop strategy, whilst Raikkonen and Lotus were again able to make one less pit stop and he put himself in contention for the race win in the middle stages of the race.
Sadly, what seemed set to be a promising Spanish Grand Prix for Romain Grosjean proved to be shorter than it was sweet; we caught up with him to find out what happened Follow @Lotus_F1Team An early bath for you today; talk us through your race I made a poor start but after that I was on the pace and we know we’re able to produce good race strategies, so there was potential for a strong result today. The car was feeling pretty good until we had an issue with the rear suspension which meant (…) – News
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso secured a commanding and hugely-popular home win in Sunday’s Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2013 at Barcelona. The Spaniard executed a four-stop tyre strategy to perfection to soundly beat Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen into second. Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa came from ninth on the grid to finish third, as Red Bull could manage no better than fourth
A strong drive to P2 puts Kimi just 4 points off Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, whilst bad luck sees Romain retire in the early stages at the Circuit de Catalunya Follow @Lotus_F1Team Kimi Räikkönen, E21-03 Grid: P4 Race: P2 Fastest Lap: 1:26.757 [Lap 47] Pit Stops: 3 [Lap 10, 26, 46] Romain Grosjean, E21-02 Grid: P6 Race: DNF Fastest Lap: 1:31.136 [Lap 5] Pit Stops: N/A [View the story "2013 Spanish Grand Prix - The Race" on Storify]2013 Spanish Grand Prix – The RaceP4 and (…) – News
The ever-popular first European round of the season sees Formula 1 fanatics flocking from all corners of the continent; we had a wander round to see what they’ve been up to… Follow @Lotus_F1Team Hola fans! Sunday morning of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, and thousands of fans have come out in force at the circuit de Catalunya to see the race this afternoon.
Tyre conservation is still the name of the game in Spain, and many drivers were mindful of the need to save rubber for the race. Thus while Mercedes’ polesitter Nico Rosberg and the Ferrari and Lotus drivers made two runs, Lewis Hamilton, the Red Bull drivers, Sergio Perez and Paul di Resta made do with only one
Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen has been there or thereabouts at the top of the timesheets all weekend in Barcelona, but he ended qualifying on the second row of the grid in fourth position. After climbing out of the car the Finn spoke to reporters about his performance in qualifying and his prospects for the race tomorrow
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez have been handed three-place grid penalties by the Spanish stewards for impeding during Saturday’s qualifying session for the Barcelona race. After reviewing the evidence, the stewards decided Massa had blocked Red Bull’s Mark Webber during Q2 and Gutierrez had hindered the progress of Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen during Q1. The Brazilian had qualified in sixth but now drops to ninth, whilst the Mexican had been set to start the race from 16th but will now occupy P19 on the Spanish grid.
Nico Rosberg made it a hat-trick of pole positions for Mercedes GP as he produced two laps fast enough to take the top spot for the Spanish Grand Prix, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. After concentrating on longer fuel-laden runs in Free Practice, Mercedes went in to qualifying somewhat unknown as attentions were focused on Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus.
The Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton claimed a commanding one-two on the grid for tomorrow’s Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2013 after a dramatic Q3 qualifying session in Barcelona on Saturday. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was third, ahead of Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen and the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
A solid qualifying session for Kimi and Romain at the Circuit de Catalunya saw them take P4 / P7 ahead of tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix. Here’s how it happened… Follow @Lotus_F1Team Kimi Räikkönen, E21-03 Position: Q1 – P4 / Q2 – P4 / Q3 – P4 Best Time: Q1 – 1:22.210 / Q2 – 1:21.676 / Q3 – 1:21.177 Laps Completed: Q1 – 7 / Q2 – 4 / Q3 – 6 Romain Grosjean, E21-02 Position: Q1 – P8 / Q2 – P9 / Q3 – P7 Best Time: Q1 – 1:22.613 / Q2 – 1:21.998 / Q3 – 1:21.308 Laps Completed: Q1 – 7 / Q2 – 4 / (…) – News