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Race Date: 12 May 2013
Circuit Name: Circuit de Catalunya
Number of Laps: 66
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Race Distance: 307.104 km
Lap Record: 1:21.670 - K Raikkonen (2008)
Formula One Betting Online: You may have to get up a little early on a Sunday, but if you like your breakfast with a pinch of exhaust fumes, the 8:00 AM ET start time on Sunday, May 12 should be perfect for a little Spanish Grand Prix in the morning. Starting this year, the Gran Premio de Espana will alternate between Catalunya and Barcelona every year. It begins in Catalunya, a place familiar to racing veterans, especially Kimi Raikkonen, the only current driver to have won this GP multiple times in his career.
Raikkonen also holds the track record, set in his most recent win back in 2008. Local residents surely do not appreciate that a foreign racer, especially one from as far north as Finland, holds the track record in Catalunya. Even more infuriating for Spanish fans is the 6-year drought since the last Spaniard won the Spain GP. Fernando Alonso is the last driver to do it back in 2006, though last year nearly saw Alonso reclaim the home Grand Prix for Spain, but he finished second to the Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado.
Of course, the legendary Michael Schumacher dominated this race like any other in his career. His 6 wins at the Spanish Grand Prix are double that of any other racer in history. Thankfully for the rest of the field, Schumacher no longer sits behind the wheel for races like this, meaning other men have a shot at glory.
The story here is whether Alonso can once again get over the hump and earn his second Spanish GP win, reclaiming the title for the home country. He would also become the first Spaniard to win the event more than once. Tune in early Sunday, May 12 for some Formula 1 betting online and dramatic racing action.
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2013 Spanish Grand Prix Winner - Fernando Alonso thrills home fans
Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix by nearly 10 seconds in a dominant performance in front of his jubilant home fans on Sunday to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and get right back in the Formula One title race.
Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second for the third straight race, with Alonso's Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa in third spot as most drivers chose a four-stop strategy due to ongoing problem with Pirelli's fast-degrading tires. That issue remains a big concern as tires still shred far too easily despite pre-race modifications.
Staring from fifth place, Alonso won his second race this season, showing that Ferrari can challenge Red Bull for pure speed. Alonso was easily quicker than Vettel, with the three-time defending champion finishing 38.2 seconds behind in fourth ahead of teammate Mark Webber.
It was Alonso's second win in Barcelona - the first coming in 2006 – and his seventh career podium on the Circuit de Catalunya.
2012 Spanish Grand Prix Winner - Maldonado’s Spanish Grand Prix win another great sign for F-1
In what is quickly turning out to be the most interesting, competitive season in a decade, Formula One got its fifth different race winner in five events on Sunday, with Pastor Maldonado winning the Spanish Grand Prix for Williams.
This is the same Maldonado who was pegged a “pay driver” — meaning he wasn’t deserving of the Williams ride on his own merits — by almost everyone in the sport at the start of the season.
But there was the 27-year-old Venezuelan at the Circuit de Catalunya holding off two-time world champion and hometown-favourite Fernando Alonso to become the first from his nation to win in F-1.
It marks a radical shift in the power balance in the world’s top open wheel series as Sebastian Vettel — who obliterated the gird over the past two championship seasons — struggled again in a sixth place finish for Red Bull Racing, allowing Alonso to get even in championship points.
And the best the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could do was eighth and ninth, respectively.
Maldonado’s feat was so unexpected that even in the final laps of the 66-lap race, television commentators were convinced that Alonso would eventually pass the Williams Renault because the Ferrari had fresher tires.
2011 Spanish Grand Prix Winner - Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel held off a determined challenge from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to win the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on Sunday 22 May 2011 by just 0.6 of a second. Jenson Button took his McLaren to third place ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber in fourth. Despite a good start, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso could only manage fifth place.
The Mercedes pair of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg came in sixth and seventh, respectively. A tremendous drive by Nick Heidfeld saw him take his Lotus Renault from the back of the grid at the start to finish eighth. The two Saubers of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi took the last two point-scoring places.
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