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Alonso records super win at home Grand Prix

Last updated on: May 12, 2013 22:24 IST
Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates on the podium after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso rewrote the Formula One form book by winning his home Spanish Grand Prix for the second time on Sunday.

Alonso, who won in Barcelona with Renault in 2006 and also in Valencia last year at the European Grand Prix, took the chequered flag 9.3 seconds ahead of 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen in a Lotus.

The Spaniard, who started in fifth place with the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton locking out the front row, seized third place through the third corner and had the crowd roaring him on as he led after 13 of the 66 laps.


'We know we have the car to fight with the top cars'

Last updated on: May 12, 2013 22:24 IST
Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates on the podium after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday

"It was fantastically emotional and the fans really helped because you feel the support from everyone," said Alonso after doing his slowing down lap with a Spanish flag handed to him by a marshal.

"We have only had five races and there have been some ups and downs but we know we have the car to fight with the top cars and if we do well we can compete for the championship."


Raikkonen, Massa shared the podium with Alonso

Last updated on: May 12, 2013 22:24 IST
Fernando Alonso of Spain (centre) celebrates on the podium with second-place Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland (left) and third-place Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil after the Spanish F1 Grand Prix on Sunday

Raikkonen, in the points for a 22nd successive race and now just two short of Michael Schumacher's all-time record, denied Ferrari a one-two finish with Brazilian Felipe Massa taking a distant third.

Red Bull's triple world champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth, 38.2 seconds behind Alonso, and saw his overall lead over Raikkonen cut to four points. After five of the 19 races, the German has 89 points to Raikkonen's 85 and Alonso's 72.


'We have got a lot of work to do'

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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP

Hamilton slipped to fourth overall with 50 points. The 2008 world champion ended up out of the points in 12th and was even heard exclaiming that he had been overtaken by a Williams -- driven by last year's winner Pastor Maldonado -- as a measure of how much he was struggling.

"It was way too tough," he told BBC.

"We have got a lot of work to do. We both went backwards, but I went back a long, long way and I don't know why. We will keep going back to the drawing board and see what we can do."

McLaren's Button finished behind Di Resta

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Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads the field through the first corner at the start of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday

Former champions Williams have failed to score a point in five races with a car lacking aerodynamic performance and Venezuelan Maldonado, who finished 14th after a drive-through penalty, had started way back in 17th place.

Rosberg, sixth at the finish behind Red Bull's Mark Webber, was not to lead again as Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez took over at the front for two laps in a Sauber amid the pitstops before Alonso asserted himself.

Britain's Paul Di Resta was seventh for Force India with McLaren's Jenson Button eighth after starting 14th. Mexican teammate Sergio Perez was ninth and Australian Daniel Ricciardo 10th for Toro Rosso.
Source: REUTERS
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