Räikkönen second in Spain
Fifth on the grid, Alonso overtook Hamilton at the start before getting past Sebastian Vettel ten laps later. On the thirteenth lap, with assistance from his DRS (drag reduction system – adjustable rear wing) he overtook Nico Rosberg, who had started on pole. From then on, he remained in control of the race right to the chequered flag. Räikkönen, the only one of the best performers to run a three-stop strategy, finished second, nine seconds later.
82. The total number of pit stops made by competitors during the Spanish Grand Prix, a particularly high figure, due to tyre wear.
"Today was too much. We made a mistake. We were too aggressive. We are going to make changes.” Paul Hembery, the boss of Pirelli, commenting on the deterioration of tyre rubber on Sunday.
There is little resemblance between successive Grand Prix for Romain Grosjean. After taking a place on the podium in Bahrain, the Lotus driver didn't make it to the Montmelo finishing line. He fell victim to a broken right rear suspension after a mere eight laps. “A part that had never broken previously,” the Frenchman regretfully remarked.
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