Williams' Pastor Maldonado held of Fernando Alonso to score his first every victory in F1 today at the Spanish Grand Prix. This brings team's first victory since Brazil 2004.
Maldonado who started the race from pole position went neck to neck at the main straight before losing first place to Alonso at turn 1. But he didn't let Alonso run away and kept the gap around 3 seconds as both pulled away from rest of the field.
Behind these two, Raikkonen and Rosberg jumped Grosjean while Sergio Perez ruined his race with a puncture. Hamilton moved upto 20 after starting from last place at the end of lap 1.
The top order remained the same at the first pitstop, Alonso was the first to pit on lap 11 followed by Maldonado and Raikkonen on lap 12. The following lap, Schumacher and Senna made contact at turn 1 when the 7 time world champion ran into Senna's back forcing both the drivers to retire from the race.
In the meantime, Hamilton pitted from 5th place but lost a few seconds as he ran over a wheel nut while exiting the box , that meant another pitstop error for McLaren. He pitted on lap 15 hoping to go complete 66 laps on a two stops strategy. 3 laps later, Webber pitted for fresh tyres and nose after securing damage from debris on track.
Maldonado pitted on lap 24 and followed it by two quick laps and managed to come out of Alonso after the latter pitted. The Venezuelan also benefited when Alonso lost valuable time lapping the Marussia of Charles Pic. Maldonado moved into race lead after Raikkonen's stop.
Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel were handed drive through penalty for failing to slow under yellow cars caused by Narain Karthikeyan whose HRT came into a standstill in front of the pit lane. This ended a tough day for the Indian who suffered problems on all three days of the race weekend. That allowed Hamilton to overtake Massa and have some fresh air.
Maldonado made his third and final pit stop on lap 41 but lost two seconds this time around due to a pit stop error; Alonso pitted three laps later. They both had to overtake Kimi Raikkonen who was yet to make his third stop. Once both drivers had overtaken the Finn, the gap between the two was down to two seconds. Alonso then launched a charge on Maldonado and stayed within a second of him but failed to overtake. Later his tyres started to lose and he finished the race in second place, 3 seconds behind the Williams driver.
Kimi Raikkonen stormed through the final laps reducing a 18 second lead to Fernando Alonso to less than a second as he completed the final place of the podium. Romain Grosjean later recovered and finished further 10 seconds behind his teammate.
While Perez had a troubled-full day, his Japanese team mate finished in 5th place after overtaking Rosberg in final stages of the races. Sebastian Vettel, whilacked general pace and lost further time in the drive through penalty finished in 6th place after overtaking Rosberg and Hamilton(both suffering from worn out tyres) in latter part of the race. Hamilton's excellent charge from 24th on the grid using a two stop strategy made him finish in 8th place, right behind the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
Button in the other McLaren finished in 9th as the British team failed to sort out the grip issues he suffered in qualifying yesterday. Nico Hulkenberg kept the charging Webber at the bay to take the final point as he finished the race in 10th place.
Vergne came out ahead of the fourway battle between him, Ricciardo, di Resta and Massa. Di Resta had a tough day as Force India's updates couldn't match the updates of other midfielders. Massa, who was once fighting for points after starting from P16 lost time due to the driver through penalty.
Both Caterhams finished the race, with Heikki Kovalainen in 16th and Vitaly Petrov in 17th place ahead of Marussia of Timo Glock and HRT of Pedro de la Rosa.
The race saw 5 retirements - Perez, Pic, Karthikeyan, Senna and Schumacher .
So, after first five races, we have seen five different drivers from five different teams at the top step of the podium. This means that Alonso and Vettel lead the championship with 61 points, 8 points clear of Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen is in 5th place with, one point ahead of Webber who has scored 48 points.
In constructors stake, Red Bull retain the championship lead with 109 points, 11 points clear of McLaren and further 25 points clear of Lotus. Ferrari is now 4th in the standings, ahead of Mercedes and Williams who are tied with 43 points.