In one of the more dominant performances you’ll ever see in Formula 1, Spain’s own Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari stole the show Sunday by winning the 2013 Grand Prix of Spain in front of his home crowd.
Alonso finished 9.3 seconds ahead of eventual second-place finisher Kimi Raikkonen.
All stats and standings via ESPNF1.com.
Full 2013 Grand Prix of Spain Results
|4||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||+38.2||12|
|5.||Mark Webber||Red Bull||+47.9||10|
|7.||Paul di Resta||Force India||+68.9||6|
|10.||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||1|
|11.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber||+1 lap|
|12.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+1 lap|
|13.||Adrian Sutil||Force India||+1 lap|
|14.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams||+1 lap|
|15.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber||+1 lap|
|16.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams||+1 lap|
|17.||Charles Pic||Caterham||+1 lap|
|18.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia||+2 laps|
|19.||Max Chilton||Marussia||+2 laps|
|20.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso||Retired|
|21.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham||Retired|
Alonso is one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers in history, and after yet another dominating run in front of the Spanish crowd—he started fifth and climbed to the front early—it’s clear that the veteran driver is looking for an overall championship.
Using his car’s speed and their four-stop pit strategy, Alonso was able to hold on to the lead throughout the day and bring the field to the finish line as the winner.
The native of Spain took his victory lap with the nation’s flag and was showered with chants from the capacity crowd (h/t ESPN F1):
Alonso salutes the crowd and receives chants of "Alonso, Alonso, Alonso" in return #F1— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) May 12, 2013
As Oliver Brown from The Daily Telegraph reminds us, this victory couldn’t have come at a better time for the struggling nation of Spain:
Superb display by Alonso, all but locked-on to win home grand prix for second time (first in '06). Seldom has Spain needed such a lift more.— Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) May 12, 2013
While Alonso was dominating the field throughout the day, Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen was doing his best to make it a viable race, climbing into second place and splitting up the Team Ferrari domination Sunday.
Third place went to Alonso’s teammate Felipe Massa, giving Ferrari two drivers on the podium and proving why the team is viewed as one of the best in the sport.
Overall points leader Sebastian Vettel finished in a disappointing fourth place but still retains his spot as the top driver in the F1 Championship standings with 89 points.
2013 F1 Championship Standings
|8.||Paul di Resta||26|
Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber rounded out the top five, but the biggest negative note from this race had to be just how poor Team Mercedes performed at the Spanish GP. Not only did pole-sitter Nico Rosberg fall all the way to sixth place, fan-favorite Lewis Hamilton could do no better than 12th.
The talented driver took to Twitter to express his frustration and thank the fans for their unwavering support:
Incredibly tough day today but your comments really help. Thank you for all your support & for always believing in me. Much love— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) May 12, 2013
Force India had a solid showing with Paul di Resta finishing in seventh place, and Jenson Button and Sergio Perez finished eighth and ninth, respectively, for McLaren.
Daniel Ricciardo raced his way into a top-10 finish for Toro Rosso as well.
After a wild day on the beautiful Circuit de Catalunya, it’s clear that the 2013 Formula 1 season is shaping up to be one of the wildest in years, and the excitement over the rest of the races this season has even the most causal F1 fans excited about the sport.
With two weeks until the Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco (May 26), the excitement from Sunday’s amazing Spanish GP should be enough to get the Formula 1 fans through the downtime.