This year Formula 1 has been a bag full of shock and awe as so far up until the Spanish Grand Prix there has been a different winner from a different manufacturer for each race which was a nightmare for all the math geeks calculating points. The weekend of the Spanish Grand Prix had fans wondering if we would see yet another new winner or if one of the old pros would step up for a repeat win. For a while it looked like Lewis Hamilton was going to earn his first win of the season as he had a stellar performance during qualifying and earned the pole, for a few hours anyway. For some reason right after Q3 was over McLaren radioed into Lewis and had him stop his car while it was still on track. The reason why they did this is still unknown but leaving your car on track is a penalty so officials threw out Lewis’ fast lap and put him in the back of the field for the race.
With Lewis kicked off the front row, Williams driver Pastor Malonado inherited the pole which marked the first time a Venezuelan driver has ever held a pole position in Formula 1. While Pastor was happy with that I am sure he was worried when he came back to Earth and realized Fernando Alonso would be next to him! When the lights went out Pastor attempted to intimidate Fernando by nearly driving him off the track by defending his position going into turn 1. That turned out to be a rookie mistake since Fernando is not easily intimidated! The Spaniard held his ground and passed Pastor for the lead and immediately worked on building a sizable gap. Although, to everyone’s surprise Pastor did not fade away. The young Williams driver managed to stay with Fernando Alonso (granted at a distance) for the first half of the race.
Things took a turn during the close of the second stint as Fernando needed to come in for new tires and at first he had enough of a gap to swap rubber and still come out in front but those hopes were dashed when he got held up by lapped traffic, costing him valuable time. When Fernando came in for tires Pastor took over the lead but his tires were starting to go fast and he had Alonso’s hard-charging Ferrari right behind him on new tires. The crew at Williams pleaded with Pastor to do his best to maintain the lead but to also save the tires as coming in for new rubber would throw away all hopes of a win.
For about 15 torturous laps the Pastor held off the Spaniard with degrading tires and took the checkered flag, becoming the 5th different winner in 5 races and also becoming the first Venezuelan to win a Formula 1 race. Fernando Alonso took second place and Kimi Raikkonen nabbed third.
Everyone in the Williams camp was on top of the world but the celebration was literally burned out as their garage caught on fire! There were a few injuries to pit crew but nothing serious and everyone is ok. What a weekend huh?!
For a full race recap check out the SPEED trio talking it over.
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