Pastor Maldonado Wins Spain GP for Williams
Maldonado finally ended Williams’ 8 year-long absence from the top spot of the podium, while being the first Venezuelan in history to win an F1 race, finishing 3.1 seconds ahead of the home favorite, Fernando Alonso, followed in 3rd place by Kimi Raikkonen. The joy, enthusiasm and happiness over the win were so extreme, that the Williams paddock literally blew up, but unfortunately 9 people were reportedly injured in the incident.
Sebastian Vettel finished the race 6th, behind Kobayashi (5th) and Romain Grosjean (4th), with Nico Rosberg (7th), Lewis Hamilton (8th) and Jenson Button (9th) finishing behind him. Hamilton was forced to start at the back of the pack after having stopped on track during the qualifying session due him running low on fuel. However, thanks to a clever two-pit-stop strategy he managed to climb all the way to the 8th position.
Following the Spanish race, Vettel now leads the championship with 61 points, being followed by Fernando Alonso also with 61 points and Lewis Hamilton with 53 points. After Sunday’s win, Pastor Maldonado accumulates 29 points and climbs to the 9th place overall. As for the teams, Red Bull Racing-Renault leads the championship with 109 points, with McLaren Mercedes (98 points) and Lotus-Renault (84 points) behind them.