|Date: 5/11/2010 11:37:51 PM|
Webber Scores Spanish F1GP
By Walter Elliott
BARCELONA, Spain -- Mark Webber scored his third career FIA F1 race in flag-to-
flag fashion while his 23 rivals found the 68-lap Telefonical Spanish Grand
Prix found tougher going here on Circuit de Catalunya Sunday afternoon.
Webber used his pole position to pull away from opening lap and early race
mishaps. The Red Bull Racing-Renault pilot kept pace ahead of McLaren Mercedes
driver Lewis Hamilton and eventual second place finisher Fernando Alonso.
Alonso gave his hometown fans something to cheer when he passed Red Bull
driver Sebastian Vettel and an off-course Hamilton in the last laps. The Ferrari
driver made an easy pass on Vettel, who had been nursing his front brakes since
the race's start.
The partisan crowd cheered twice F1 World Driving Champion Alonso when Lewis
suffered a left front tire failure that sent him into the turn four barrier on the
penultimate lap. Hamilton's team will be examining the damaged car's corner to
determine whether the cause was mechanical - or from a stone like those
that other pilots had spilled onto the hard-to-pass, 16-turn, 2.892-mile course.
Former F1 king Michael Schumacher held fourth in a revised Mercedes car for his
best finish since retiring from Ferrari in 2006. The new Mercedes has a longer
wheelbase to compensate this year's narrower front tires. Fifth place finisher
and reigning world champ Jenson Button, however, complained that Schumacher
was blocking his McLaren-Mercedes.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Force India-Mercedes' Adrian Sutil and Renault's Robert
Kubica completed the lead lap finishers. Rubens Barrichello's Williams-Cosworth and
Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari's Jaime Alguersuari cl;osed out the top 10 and points-
The F1 circus heads for Monaco May 14-16.
FINISH (Running Unless Otherwise Noted): MARK WEBBER, Fernando Alonso,
Sebastial Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Adrian Sutil,
Robert Kubica, Rubens Barrichello, Jaime Alguersuari, Vitaly Petrov, Kamui
Kobayashi, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton (lap 64 - crash), Vitantonio Liuzzi, Nico
Hulkenberg, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Lucas di Grassi; (DNF) Sebastien Bruemi (lap
42 - hydraulics), Karun Chandhok (lap 27 - collision damage), Pedro de la Rosa
(lap 18 - collision damage), Bruno Senna (lap 1 - collision); (DNS) Heikki
DRIVER POINTS: BUTTON-70; Alonso-67; Vettel-60; Webber-53; Rosberg and
Hamilton (tie)-49; Kubica-44; Schumacher-22; Sutil-16.
CONSTRUCTOR POINTS: McLAREN-MERCEDES-119; Ferrari-116; Red Bull-Renault-
113; Mercedes-72; Renault-50; Force India-Mercedes-24; Williams-Cosworth-8;
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