2011 Spanish GP – Race Results


Sebastian Vettel won an absolutely scintillating Spanish GP ahead of the hard charging McLaren of Lewis Hamilton as the Pirelli tyres, DRS and KERS combined together to produce a cliffhanger of a race at the Catalunya circuit. The two cars fought for the lead in the final stint, and were nose-to-tail every inch of the way till the chequered flag fell. Jenson Button, who started fifth, uniquely ran a three-stop strategy to finish third, while Mark Webber, starting on pole position, lost two places at the start when he spent too much time defending from Vettel and was stuck behind Alonso for a long time.

Alonso took the lead at the start, but the Ferrari was nowhere in the league of the Red Bulls and McLarens and could finish only fourth. Schumacher finally got the better of his team mate Rosberg, holding off his young compatriot for the whole race to finish 6th. Heidfeld came through the field on good strategy calls to 8th despite starting dead last. The last two points finishes went to the Sauber team, Perez finishing ahead of Kobayashi after the latter had to pit on lap 1 to replace a punctured tyre.

Vitaly Petrov was a disappointing 11th, followed by the two Force Indias who did better than what their practice pace indicated. Behind them came the Toro Rossos and Williamses, alternating between the drivers, Maldonado sliding down the order to 15th ahead of Alguersuari. Jarno Trulli crossed the line in 18th place in the sole surviving Lotus, after Kovalainen crashed out in the final stint. Both Virgins finished the race, but only one HRT managed that – Narain Karthikeyan was last of the classified runners, four laps down. Tonio Liuzzi was the first retirement, with an unspecified problem, on lap 29. Felipe Massa had a dreadful race, gradually slipping down to the tail of the top ten and dumping his Ferrari in the gravel with just 6 laps to run.

Full race analysis to follow. Here are the results :

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