The Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2013 kicks off Formula One racing’s European season, and signals a gathering of the clans that always fills the Spanish paddock with familiar racing faces from across the world. Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo made one of his rare visits, as did Daimler’s Dieter Zetsche. Former world champions Alain Prost, Alan Jones, Sir Jackie Stewart and Jacques Villeneuve, joined Carlos Sainz, Sebastien Loeb, Adrian Fernandes, Allan McNish, Luis Perez-Sala, Oliver
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
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