F1 2013 Spanish Grand Prix result: Hamilton 12th as Alonso wins
PUBLISHED: 14:50 12 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:33 12 May 2013
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton finished outside the points as Fernando Alonso won the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix in front of his home fans in Barcelona.
2013 Spanish Grand Prix
Provisional Spanish Grand Prix result
1 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
3 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
4 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
5 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
7 Paul di Resta (Force India)
8 Jenson Button (McLaren)
9 Sergio Perez (McLaren)
10 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)
11 Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber)
12 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
The 28-year-old Mercedes ace from Hertfordshire had a hugely disappointing race after starting second on the grid. Hamilton crossed the finish line 12th – more than 80 seconds behind Ferrari race winner Alonso.
Alonso took the chequered flag at the Circuit de Catalunya ahead of the Lotus of Kimi Rakkonen, with Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa claiming the third and final step on the podium after starting ninth on the grid.
Reigning F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth in Spain, with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber fifth home.
After starting from pole position, Nico Rosberg was sixth for Mercedes, while Silver Arrows colleague Hamilton didn’t even make the top 10.
"I can’t drive any slower."
Paul di Resta took seventh place for Force India, with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez both in the points for McLaren, in eighth and ninth places respectively.
Mercedes once again suffered from race pace and tyre management issues, with Rosberg and Hamilton both unable to convert front-row starts into podium positions.
At one point when told to protect his tyres mid-race, Hamilton replied over the Mercedes radio: “I can’t drive any slower.”
That summed up Hamilton’s race. He went backwards from the first corner and never recovered in a race dominated by tyre management and pitstop strategy.
"Now I’ve been overtaken by a Williams!"
Hamilton was forced to convert to a four-stop strategy during the race and finished outside the points. During his five race stints this afternoon, Lewis used option/prime/prime/option/prime tyres.
Taking to Twitter after the race, Hamilton tweeted his fans: “Incredibly tough day today but your comments really help. Thank you for all your support & for always believing in me. Much love”
Lining up on the front row alongside pole-sitter Rosberg, Stevenage-born Hamilton made a disappointing start on the long run to the first corner. He had a big lock-up into turn one and Sebastian Vettel overtook the Mercedes man on the outside.
The 2008 F1 world champion lost a further place as an attacking Fernando Alonso moved into third place around the outside at turn three, and Hamilton finished the opening lap down in fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen hot on his tail.
Raikkonen’s Lotus passed Hamilton on lap seven, relegating the Mercedes man down to fifth, and he was soon under pressure from Felipe Massa.
Already struggling with his tyres, Hamilton lost fifth place to Massa before the Ferrari driver entered the pits for new rubber at the end of lap eight.
Hamilton came in for tyres himself a lap later and found himself a lowly 11th after a slow stop.
Race leader Rosberg entered the pits ahead of second-placed Vettel on lap 10 and as the pair exited the pitlane Alonso jumped the Red Bull.
Alonso took the lead in his home race on lap 13, much to the delight of the passionate crowd, with Rosberg struggling for pace – and the Spaniard controlled the race from there.
Hamilton was also suffering further down the field and didn’t have the pace to challenge the front-runners as the grand prix developed into another strategic chess-like battle.
After his second stop Hamilton was languishing down in 14th place and he grumbled over the radio: “Now I’ve been overtaken by a Williams!”
He re-passed Pastor Maldonado, but when told to look after his tyres, Hamilton replied: “I can’t drive any slower.”
With 28 laps to go, Hamilton was lagging behind Jenson Button’s McLaren in 14th place, more than a minute off the lead.
After 42 laps of 66, Alonso had stretched his lead at the front over Raikkonen to seven seconds, with Massa running third and Vettel fourth.
The top four finished in that order after the final round of stops, with Hamilton having to fend off the likes of Force India’s Adrian Sutil to claim 12th place.
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