After pushing hard throughout the 2015 Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg ended the weekend with a decisive victory. His teammate Lewis Hamilton was second, but the current 2015 Drivers’ Championship points leader finished more than 17 seconds back. Hamilton, who started next to pole-sitter Rosberg, suffered a bad start and was never really in contention for the win as his teammate’s run was near faultless.
Rounding out the top three was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished more than 45 seconds behind the leader. The German managed to run second in the first half the race but had to give best to Hamilton after the second pit stop. Behind him were Williams’ Valtteri Bottas who finished fourth and then his Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen who finished fifth.
Outside the top five, the midfielders awarded fans plenty of action. Williams’ Felipe Massa was the last driver not to be lapped, ending the race in sixth position. Then came Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo who was followed by Lotus’s Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman was lucky to survive a brush with his Lotus teammate Pastor Maldonado, though the Venezuelan didn’t fare so well as he had to retire from a damaged win.
Position nine, meanwhile, went to local hero Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, while rounding out the top ten was Red Bull’s other driver Daniil Kvyat. Sadly for the other Spaniard racing yesterday, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, he had to retire due to faulty brakes. The issue caused the two-time world champion to overshoot his pit stop mark and almost run down a crew member.
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Despite losing out to Rosberg, Hamilton still leads the Drivers’ Championship with 111 points. Rosberg is second with 91 points and Vettel is third with 80 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes leads with 202 points followed by Ferrari with 132 points and Williams with 81 points.
In less than a fortnight, the F1 circus sets up camp for the most prestigious round of the championship, the Monaco Grand Prix.
Below are the full results for the 2015 Formula One Spanish Grand Prix:
1) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG
3) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
4) Valtteri Bottas, Williams
5) Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari
6) Felipe Massa, Williams
7) Daniel Ricciardo, Infiniti Red Bull Racing
8) Romain Grosjean, Lotus
9) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso
10) Daniil Kvyat, Infiniti Red Bull Racing
11) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso
12) Felipe Nasr, Sauber
13) Sergio Perez, Force India
14) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber
15) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India
16) Jenson Button, McLaren
17) Will Stevens, Marussia
18) Roberto Merhi, Marussia
Ret) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus
Ret) Fernando Alonso, McLaren