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Webber secures his first win of F1 2010 in Spain

9 May 2010

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber came through to take a convincing win in the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya today, leading from start-to-finish to notch up his first victory of the F1 2010 season.

Webber eventually took P1 by 24 seconds and the Aussie was untouchable all afternoon. Following his fantastic pole lap on Saturday, the 28-year-old made the most of his qualifying efforts to head the pack into the first corner and after that he was never really troubled.

Indeed in the early stages of the grand prix he managed to pull out a gap on his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel and easily re-joined in the lead after his stop on lap 18.

He then pulled further ahead and by lap 50 was more than 15 seconds in front, something that allowed him to pace himself to the chequered flag.

The result moves him up to fourth in the drivers' championship, and leaves him 7 points behind his team-mate – and 17 behind Jenson Button, who remains top heading to the next event in Monaco.

Lewis Hamilton meanwhile looked all set to take the runners-up spot for McLaren after managing to get ahead of Vettel when the German had a bad pit stop. The Englishman was unable to challenge for the win however, and disaster struck on the penultimate lap when he had a suspected rim failure that sent him into the turn three tyre barrier.

His misfortune promoted local hero and crowd favourite, Fernando Alonso up to second. The Ferrari man also gaining in the closing stages when Vettel had a second precautionary pit stop. Vettel took third, limping home and forced to ease off due to brake problems.

Despite having to coast to the end though, Vettel still finished more than 10 seconds up on Michael Schumacher, who managed his best result since opting to come out of retirement and return to the sport with Mercedes.

Jenson Button and Felipe Massa trailed the record-breaking multiple F1 world champion, the former unable to find a way passed the German in his McLaren after a botched pit stop dropped him behind.

Massa also had problems and a damaged front wing hampered his efforts in his Ferrari F10, not that the Brazilian ever looked likely to match the kind of result his team-mate achieved.

Adrian Sutil secured more points for Force India and held off Robert Kubica's Renault to claim seventh, followed by Rubens Barrichello and Jaime Alguersuari, the latter ensuring two point-scorers for Spain.

Barrichello's efforts were especially noteworthy after he had a dire qualifying session on Saturday and was knocked out in Q1. He fought his way up from 18th though in his Williams, and was rewarded with two points.

Further down the order, Vitaly Petrov was just outside the points in eleventh, while Kamui Kobayashi and Nico Rosberg came in twelfth and thirteenth, neither having a very good afternoon.

Hamilton and Liuzzi were classified 14th and 15th and a lap down, despite both stopping late on, with Nico Hulkenberg, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi filling positions 16 to 19. Trulli was the top new team runner home for Lotus, ahead of the two Virgin cars.

In terms of retirements, five runners were not classified. Heikki Kovalainen was first out, failing to even start in his Lotus due to gearbox problems. Bruno Senna didn't last long either and spun out at turn 4 on the opening lap. He was later joined by his Hispania team-mate, Karun Chandhok as well as Sauber's Pedro de la Rosa and Sebastien Buemi's Toro Rosso.

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