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Vettel fends off Hamilton for Spanish success

Such was the pace of the race that the top four were the only drivers to finish on the lead lap with Alonso dropping back dramatically when he swapped over the harder compound tyre. By the finish, the Spaniard was lapping more than three seconds off the pace of the leaders and ended up being lapped en-route to fifth place.

Michael Schumacher enjoyed a more successful race than a fortnight ago in Turkey as he took sixth place for Mercedes after a heated battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg, who settled for seventh – less than half a second further back. Such was the fight between the pair that Nick Heidfeld was able to close in during the final laps as the Renault driver made the most of the fresh tyres available after he missed qualifying to come through the field to finish eighth.

A strong drive from Sergio Perez saw him take the chequered flag in ninth place for Sauber, scoring his first points in the process, while team-mate Kamui Kobayashi bounced back from a puncture on the opening lap to round out the scorers in tenth.

While Heidfeld's charge up the field was a plus for Renault, the performance of team-mate Vitaly Petrov was less impressive as he lost speed and places as the race wore on. Having run fifth through the opening stages, the Russian would end up outside the points in eleventh, ahead of the Force India pairing Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

Although the tyre gamble taken by the team in qualifying did allow the pair to make up places in the race, the pair failed to have the ultimate pace to break into the points.

Sebastien Buemi took 14th for Toro Rosso ahead of Pastor Maldonado, who lacked the pace to keep his Williams anywhere near the points, while Jaime Alguersuari and Rubens Barrichello were lapped twice en-route to 16th and 17th.

Jarno Trulli was best of the new teams in 18th place, with team-mate Heikki Kovalainen unable to build on his qualifying performance as he crashed out at turn four on lap 49. Timo Glock, Jerome D'Ambrosio and Narain Karthikeyan rounded out the finishers.

Aside from Kovalainen, Tonio Liuzzi stopped on track early in the race while Felipe Massa endured a wretched race in his Ferrari which included a spin at turn ten before he eventually pulled off the track with six laps to go.

To see the full result, CLICK HERE while updated championship standings can be found HERE.



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21.05.2011- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
21.05.2011- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
21.05.2011- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
22.05.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
22.05.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
22.05.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia leads Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
22.05.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 race winner
22.05.2011- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 2nd position
22.05.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 race winner
22.05.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 race winner

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Trouser Chili - Unregistered

May 22, 2011 5:04 PM

First of all great job by Vettel to drive around the Kers problems and hold off another late race charge of Hamilton. Hamilton still popping off about the RedBull down-force advantage though, getting a little tedious. Feel bad for Alonso after the start he had. But coughing up a second a lap to your rivals in a 66 lap race is not going to be fun and it cost him a full lap. Now about the tire "situation", the thing you have to remember is that Pirelli were specifically asked to create the tires they have by the FIA and honestly how do you argue with all the passing and lead changes? F1 is much more entertaining now that all of them have to make multiple pit stops, deal with varying fuel load, KERS and DRS. The rules are the same for everyone.

pitstop - Unregistered

May 22, 2011 6:09 PM

Well done to Seb for managing to hold off Lewis,well done to Lewis for driving such a brilliant race and making it so exciting to watch and well done to Jenson for driving what i think was one of his best races and for getting past Alonso and Webber,just great stuff!



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