Grand Prix of Spain 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 11, 2013

MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 11:  Mark Webber of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 11, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Some of the world's best drivers will be looking to earn a win in Barcelona this Sunday at the 2013 Grand Prix of Spain.

Following a three-week break, Formula One action returns this weekend as three-time champion Sebastian Vettel looks to edge rival Fernando Alonso and a talented field of drivers to maintain his lead in the standings and add yet another victory to his impressive resume.

Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber will also be in action on the Circuit de Catalunya, a 16-turn track that will feature plenty of opportunities for the drivers to showcase their skills.

What's more, the NBC Sports Network will broadcast the race live on Sunday.

Here we'll get you set for the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.

Where: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

When: Sunday, May 12 at 8 a.m. ET

Watch: NBC Sports Network

Starting Lineup

Pos No Driver Team
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
5 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari
7 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
8 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
14 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
15 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth
22 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault

*Information courtesy of Formula1.com.

Drivers to Watch

Sebastian Vettel

Fans will want to keep a close eye on reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel on Sunday. The German star is hands-down the most dominant driver in the sport right now and won this race as recently as 2011.

On Friday, the 25-year-old Vettel recorded the fastest time in the second practice session according to TSN.ca, affirming what we already know: He's good.

Vettel, who will drive the No. 1 Red Bull Renault, has picked up two wins already this season, having won in Bahrain and Malaysia. Even when he hasn't won this year, Vettel has been remarkably competitive and consistent, recording top-five finishes in Australia and China.

If there's a favorite to win on Sunday, it has to be Vettel.

Fernando Alonso

Spain's Fernando Alonso will be arguably the most popular competitor in Sunday's race in Barcelona. 

A two-time champion, Alonso will be the hometown hero as the Formula One scene shifts to the Iberian Peninsula. Although Vettel has dominated over the past three years, Alonso has an opportunity to match him in victories this season after winning the Grand Prix of China last month.

The 31-year-old is a force behind the wheel of his No. 3 Ferrari, but he will be under immense pressure this weekend as he's not won on his home track since 2006, the year he won his last Formula One title.

After finishing second here a season ago, is this the year Alonso joins the elite list of drivers with multiple Spanish Grand Prix victories?

Kimi Raikkonen

If there's a driver capable of upending both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso on Sunday, it's Kimi Raikkonen, who kicked off the season in style, winning the Australian Grand Prix back in March.

Like the other two stars, Finland's Raikkonen is a past Formula One champion and Spanish Grand Prix winner. Even better, he is just one of 10 drivers who have won this race at least twice, winning in 2005 and 2008.

Raikkonen, who will drive the No. 7 Lotus-Renault on Sunday, is currently second behind Vettel in the season standings coming into the weekend, sitting just 10 points back.

Based on Raikkonen's history of success here (he was third last year) and his solid practice run on Friday, it's safe to say he'll be in the mix along with the other favorites in Barcelona on Sunday.

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