In a race that lacked any serious drama until the closing laps, Red Bull Renault’s Mark Webber won the Spanish Grand Prix from the pole position. Webber was clearly fastest overall, and never had a serious challenge to his lead after the first corner. Lewis Hamilton held the second position for much of the race, until his left front wheel failed with two laps remaining, putting the McLaren Mercedes driver hard into the tire wall. With Hamilton out, local hero Fernando Alonso, driving for Ferrari, assumed the second place position. Mark Webber’s Red Bull Renault teammate, Sebastian Vettel, nursed his car home to a third place finish with no brakes remaining.
Michael Schumacher finished fourth, and while his new Mercedes chassis was an improvement, it still wasn’t competitive against the Red Bull Renaults and Ferraris. Schumacher was able to hold off repeated attempts from Jenson Button to claim a position, as Schumacher’s Mecedes clearly had better acceleration off the corners than Button’s McLaren Mercedes.
Button maintains a slim three point lead over Fernando Alonso in the driver’s standings, heading into next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.