Red Bull driver leads from start to finish; late puncture forces Hamilton out
10 May 2010

Mark Webber completed a dominant weekend for Red Bull at the Spanish GP by making victory in this afternoon's race look easy.

The Australian driver led the field away from pole position and was never headed; he frequently posted fastest laps, giving the indication that he had more pace in reserve, if it were needed.

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Briton Lewis Hamilton looked set for a strong second place - having passed Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel during the pit-stops - but a puncture forced the McLaren driver into the tyre wall with only a lap remaining.

By that point Vettel had already eased off due to concerns about his brakes, so Hamilton's demise allowed local hero Fernando Alonso to claim second spot for Ferrari. Vettel's early pace was enough to allow him to cruise into third, ahead of Michael Schumacher, who had spent much of the race fending off reigning world champion Jenson Button.

The result close up the top of the driver's and constructor's championship tables. Button still leads the driver's series, but he is now just three points clear of Alonso, with Vettel a further seven points adrift.

The teams situation is closer still; McLaren tops the standings, three points ahead of Ferrari, with Red Bull - widely acknowledged as the fastest team in the field - a further three points behind.

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9 May 2010

Lady Luck has a big say in these things , and doesn't seem to be doing Hamilton or Vettel many favours.

Alonso , in contrast , seems to be leading a charmed life , as does Button - though he could have done without being stuck behind Hauptmann Slow.

9 May 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]

Lady Luck has a big say in these things , and doesn't seem to be doing Hamilton or Vettel many favours.

Alonso , in contrast , seems to be leading a charmed life , as does Button - though he could have done without being stuck behind Hauptmann Slow.

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To be fair to Schumi, he's getting used to the much-modified car, and he's much quicker than he used to be. I'll say this, though, that race was boring as hell. They need to widen the track in quite a few places and get rid of that bloody chicane just before the pit straight.

9 May 2010

too much downforce.

9 May 2010

well if f1 is so boring, why do you muppets watch it. this morning i went for a walk, and in the afternoon watched a rather good film called 'the dancer upstairs', set in south america.

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9 May 2010

The F1 needs rain!

9 May 2010

[quote beachland2]

too much downforce.

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Very true. Let's just get 'em all driving Ariel Atoms instead!

9 May 2010

I enjoyed the race there were enough little twists happening to keep it interesting, Barcelona is rarely a classic so it was as good as can be expected.

As for too much downforce, its not the amount of downforce as such, its how it is generated.

The chicane was actually put in to aid overtaking, it isn't enough, but would be worse without it.

9 May 2010

Well while the borefest of a race was on, there was the 1000km of Spa. Multiclass racing is were the action is. It's just a shame people are so blinkered in thinking that Motorsport = F1. The press/media don't help by not mentioning other series.

9 May 2010

Good Grand Prix, (not entertaining) Good win for Webber.

Button has today proved that he is a sore loser, complaining that MS went past him on the outside of turn 1 as he (JB) exited the pits. If the positions had been reversed i'm sure he would have pulled off the same move as MS.

Alonso was lucky, Vettel was both unlucky (with mechanicals) but lucky to finish.

Hamilton might need to look at changing his driving style slightly so he doesn't kill the tyres.

But circuit design has to change to allow for more overtaking.

We now need a few years of the rules not changing to allow the smaller teams to develop their cars, so the racing is closer.

9 May 2010

[quote fast ed]Button has today proved that he is a sore loser, complaining that MS went past him on the outside of turn 1 as he (JB) exited the pits. If the positions had been reversed i'm sure he would have pulled off the same move as MS.[/quote]

Yeah, you are totally right, maybe he expects people to pull over and let him through, it was the same last year when the Red Bulls began to get good results he didn't hesitate to blame the car. Hamilton really put him in his place today and Schumacher did too, form is temporary, class is permanent, tell Stirling Moss that.

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