Mark Webber Wins a Dull Spanish Grand Prix

Patrick AllenAnalyst IMay 9, 2010

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 09:  Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads from team mate Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing and the rest of the field at the start of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 9, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Well, Mark Webber stated before the race that all he wanted was a dull one, and he got it. Despite the fact that he drove his ass off, and that we got a few crashes here and there, (including a very unlucky last lap incident for Hamilton), the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix was one of the dullest races so far this season.

We got our first retirement before the race even began, when Kovalainen was seen being wheeled back to the pits with a gear box issue. The team thought they could get their Lotus driver back out on track a few laps in, but it never happened.

As for the start, it was interesting to an extent, but largely uneventful. Webber held his own brilliantly, and behind him Hamilton, Vettel, and Alonso darted around a bit. This was pretty to watch, almost like synchronised driving, but no positions changed hands and from that very first corner the race was practically decided.

So lap two and here were the standings:

Webber, Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Button, Schumacher, Massa, Sutil, Alguersuari, (great start from him), Kubica, Rosberg, (who went off onto the grass and slipped back), Barrichello, (a great start for the Brazilian), Hulkenberg, Liuzzi, Trulli, Kobayashi, Glock, Petrov, Chandhok, Buemi, di Grassi, Senna.

Soon after copying down the positions on lap two, Bruno Senna was seen shooting off the track with a technical issue. Race over for the great man’s nephew.

By just lap 10 there was really nothing to report. Massa was dropping away from Schumacher, Alonso was dropping from Hamilton, and those Red Bulls were storming. I guess you might be interested to know that Buemi overtook Chandhok for P19 around this time after a terrible start for the Torro Rosso driver.

Our first stops came on lap 15 when Schumacher, Rosberg, and Massa stopped. The only drama here happened when poor old Rosberg’s front right wasn’t fitted properly and the young German lost a lot of time, virtually ruining his already poor weekend.

Two laps later, Vettel, Alonso and Button pitted. Vettel struggled with his right front and lost time, Button struggled with his right rear, and Alonso, had a trouble free stop!

Button’s pit stop woes materialised as he exited the pits and was easily passed by Schumacher. Vettel had to wait a lap for his troubles to come to life. Hamilton stopped on lap 18, (along with Webber), and the McLaren man was able to capitalise on Vettel’s stop by rejoining in P2.

It was close, and we almost got some nice action as Hamilton and Vettel were neck and neck into turn one, but a back marker was in the way and Vettel strangely chose to go wide off track.

Meanwhile, Button spent a good few laps trying to pass Schumacher, before resigning himself to the fact that it was over.

After most drivers had stopped, here are your positions at lap 20:

Webber, Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Schumacher, Button, Massa, Sutil, Kubica, Barrichello, Hulkenberg, Alguersuari, Petrov, Kobayashi, Liuzzi, Buemi, Rosberg, Trulli, Glock, Chandhok, Di Grassi, de la Rossa.

Soon after copying down these names I jinxed the last man again, when de la Rossa pulled off and out of the race.

I suppose we got some development in the form of a drive through for Buemi on lap 23 for, "re-joining the race un-safely." I think I should also make a quick mention of Alguersuari, who made a great pass on Hulkenberg stick around lap 23. That young Spaniard looks to be the real deal.

On the next lap their was a slight issue when Massa bumped into the back of back marker Chandhok, damaging the Ferrari’s front wing. The red team debated bringing their man in, but Massa actually went faster with the issue!

Chandhok was again in the middle of a collision on lap 29, when Alguersuari strangely passed the Indian driver rather aggressively and cost the Hispania driver his front wing. This effectively ended Chandhok’s race, (he stopped out on track), and when Alguersuari got a drive through for his part, his race also seemed to be over.

From the halfway point nothing really happened until lap 45, when Buemi was forced to retire with hydraulic issues.

Sixteen laps left and here were the positions:

Webber, Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Schumacher, Button, Massa, Sutil, Kubica, Barrichello, Alguersuari, Petrov, Kobayashi, Liuzzi, Rosberg, Hulkenberg, Trulli, Glock, di Grassi.

I must admit the race perked up a bit when Vettel was forced to pit after struggling with his front right tyre. This demoted the German to P4, raised Alonso to P3, (much to the excitement of the fans), and added some tenseness as we learnt that Vettel would have to nurse his brakes to the end of the race.

I was actually starting to nod off when, out of the blue, with just one lap left, Hamilton was off the track and stopped. This was such a shame as Hamilton had raced his socks off all weekend. The young Brit’s front left tyre just couldn’t go on and blew on the first corner of the 65th lap.

And that was it really. Webber, great bloke, got a great win. Alonso, fan favorite, got a popular P2, and finally, Vettel, with a broken car, got the final podium position.

My biggest regret of the race? Hamilton’s crash. I really wanted to see Hamilton and Alonso on the podium together to prove all these pain in the ass reporters wrong! All this rubbish about hatred between them really bugs me. Sure they aren’t best friends but I think they respect each other!

Anyway, for the tenth straight year the man on pole has won the Spanish GP. This was a dull GP, but I honestly didn’t expect much. Next week will be interesting in Monaco as I fear we will get another boring weekend. However, the great thing about Monaco is…you just never know!


Drivers’ Championship Top Three:

01 Jenson Button 70

02 Fernando Alonso 67

03 Sebastian Vettel 60


Constructors Top Three:

01 McLaren-Mercedes 119

02 Ferrari 116

03 RBR-Renault 113


Final Race Standings:

1 Mark Webber RBR-Renault

2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari

3 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault

4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP

5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes

6 Felipe Massa Ferrari

7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes

8 Robert Kubica Renault

9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth

10 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari

11 Vitaly Petrov Renault

12 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari

13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP

14 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes

16 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth

17 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth

18 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth

19 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth

Ret Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari

Ret Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth

Ret Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari

Ret Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth

Ret Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth