2010 Spanish GP
Mark Webber won the 2010 Spanish GP ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton crashed out from 2nd position with two laps to go after puncturing his front tyre. Michael Schumacher resisted the pressure from Jenson Button and finished 4th ahead of Button and Felipe Massa. The final points scoring positions went to Sutil, Kubica, Barrichello and Alguersuari.
2010 Spanish GP Race Result
1. Mark Webber – Red Bull – 1:30.796
2. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari +24.0
3. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull +51.3
4. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes +62.1
5. Jenson Button – McLaren +63.7
6. Felipe Massa – Ferrari +65.7
7. Adrian Sutil – Force India +72.9
8. Robert Kubica – Renault +73.6
9. Rubens Barrichello – Williams +1 lap
10. Jaime Alguersuari – Toro Rosso +1 lap
Front row for Red Bull
Mark Webber won the qualifying battle of Red Bulls and claimed the pole position 1 tenth ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton took P3 further 7 tenths back. P4 belongs to Fernando Alonso, P5 to Jenson Button. Michael Schumacher outqualified Nico Rosberg for the first time and will start from P6.
1. Webber – Red Bull – 1:19.995
2. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:20.101
3. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:20.829
4. Alonso – Ferrari – 1:20.937
5. Button – McLaren – 1:21.991
6. Schumacher – Mercedes – 1:22.294
7. Kubica – Renault – 1:21.353
8. Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:21.408
9. Massa – Ferrari – 1:21.585
10. Kobayashi – Sauber – 1:21.984
Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull - 2010 Spanish GP practice
Sebastian Vettel dominated in the final practice for the 2010 Spanish GP finishing the session 7 tenths ahead of Mark Webber. McLaren drivers Hamilton and Button finished third and fourth just ahead of Michael Schumacher. Earlier in the session Petrov and Kobayashi crashed out after loosing grip on wet kerbs causing red flag. At the back of the field Lotus seems to have pulled away from Virgin by about one second judging from the practice times. During the practice it was announced that both Virgin drivers will get 5 place grid penalties after their team failed to notify the FIA about its intended gear ratios.
Updated and upgraded Lotus during practice for 2010 Spanish GP
The Spanish GP weekend begins today in Barcelona with two practice sessions. Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver in the morning practice, just over a half a second ahead of Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher.
Heikki Kovalainen was fastest of the new teams drivers in the upgraded Lotus, about a second ahead of his team mate Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock in Virgin Racing car.
Red Bull drivers were fastest in the second practice session. Sebastian Vettel became the first and so far the only driver to get to 1:19s with 1:19.965, two tenths ahead of Mark Webber. Michael Schumacher ended in 3rd place, about half a second faster than Nico Rosberg (P7). This was probably the best day in the office for Schumacher so far this season.
Earlier in the session Nico Hulkenberg crashed into the tyre barriers, damaging his car and causing the only red flag of the day.
The three weeks break is over 2010 Formula One season continues this weekend in Barcelona. It is time to make predictions for the Spanish GP round of our prediction game.
Here are the results of round 4 of our prediction game. There were several correct predictions for both fastest lap (Hamilton) and pole position (Vettel) but nobody predicted the win for Jenson Button. Still there were some impressive scores – The highest score of this round – 22 points – belongs to ncng. Fantoci scored 21, Enigma, DaniGo, Pgirish13 and james 20. Congratulations ! There were few predictions that arrived too late, after the qualifying session – sorry, could not count them …
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton celebrate on Shanghai podium
Jenson Button won the rain affected 2010 Chinese Grand ahead of his McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton. Button’s second win of the season means that the defending champion takes over the championship lead. Nico Rosberg finished third, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Vitaly Petrov, Mark Webber, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher.
All Red Bull front row in Shanghai
Sebastian Vettel secured the fourth pole position for Red Bull in as many races this year. Mark Webber will line up next to Vettel on the front row. Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg will start from the second row. Button, Hamilton, Massa, Kubica, Schumacher and Sutil complete the top ten.
1. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:34.558
2. Webber – Red Bull – 1:34.806
3. Alonso – Ferrari – 1:34.913
4. Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:34.923
5. Button – McLaren – 1:34.979
6. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:35.034
7. Massa – Ferrari – 1:35.180
8. Kubica – Renault – 1:35.364
9. Schumacher – Mercedes – 1:35.646
10. Sutil – Force India – 1:35.963
Empty F1 grandstands in Shanghai ...
Red Bull finally showed their pace in China. Mark Webber was the fastest driver on Saturday morning in Shanghai, Sebastian Vettel finished the final practice session in 3rd place. P2 and P4 went to McLaren drivers. Ferrari also unleashed their cars with Feranando Alonso finishing ahead of both Mercedes drivers. Felipe Massa would probably end the session with faster time if not for Karun Chandhok getting in his way on the last flying lap. Earlier the session was red flagged following Vitaly Petrov’s crash into to tyre barriers. He walked away OK but the car will need some serious repair job before qualifying …
Jenson Button posted the fastest time in the first practice session for the Chinese GP ahead of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Worry for Ferrari as the team suffered yet another engine failure (Fernando Alonso). The major talking point however will be the massive and scary crash of Sebastien Buemi. Both his front wheels came off his car at the same moment under braking at the end of the long back straight. No one was hurt …
The 2010 Formula One season continues this weekend in Shanghai. It is time to make predictions for the Chinese GP round of our prediction game. The weather in Shanghai is cold and rainy at the moment (single digits in Celsius). It is expected to get warmer in next two day. There is forecast for some sunshine for Friday and Saturday and rain for Sunday…
Helmet designs should help us to identify the drivers on the track. Sometimes however the drivers depart from their traditional designs and confuse us all. In the last two races (Australia and Malaysia) Rubens Barrichello dropped his traditional red (orange) and white design – design he used throughout his entire F1 career. In Melbourne and Sepang the red (orange) went missing… Here is the gallery featuring Rubens Barrichello and his blue-white helmet: