An action packed race in Spain means there are plenty of contenders for Driver of the Day, but who do you think deserves the accolade?
Saw his run of five consecutive pole positions come to an end when teammate Webber pipped him by 2/10ths in qualifying. Jumped the Australian at the start but lost the lead to a fast starting Alonso. But a superior strategy got him ahead of race leader Alonso at the second stops. Despite no KERS he held off a late charge from Hamilton to secure his fourth victory in five races this season.
Started third but lost out to Alonso at the start. Couldn’t get past Webber so McLaren decided to try a different strategy which saw Hamilton stay out until lap 22 while Alonso and Webber pitted. It proved inspired as the Brit got past them both to run second. Pulled away with Vettel in front and got very close to the German in the closing laps but Vettel was able to hold on.
Delighted the home crowd when he accelerated from fourth to first at the start. Led the first two stints of the race as the Ferrari had a great exit out of the final corner and into the straight, preventing the chasing pack from utilising their DRS. Lost out on strategy and then struggled badly with lack of grip on the hard tyres and faded in the final part of the race, eventually finishing one lap down in fifth.
Had a terrible start, dropping from fifth to 10th on the first lap. But while his rivals went for a four-stop strategy, Button gambled on just three-stops and this time he was able to build enough of a cushion so it paid off. He was able to utilise the soft tyres for longer and managed to pass both Webber and Alonso who were struggling for pace on the hards. That lifted him up into third place – his second podium of the season.
Didn’t use a set of soft tyres in Q3 and started 10th. Made a lightening start, leapfrogging Button, Rosberg, Massa and Maldonado to run sixth. Mercedes race pace was well short of McLaren and Red Bull. Struggled to keep up with the leaders and was passed by Button. However, he leapt ahead of Petrov and managed to hold off teammate Rosberg to finish sixth and score his best result of the season.
Didn’t set a time in qualifying because of a car fire earlier in the day and started the race dead last. A reverse strategy, starting on hard tyres and then running softs plus the advantage of all new sets of tyres he saved from qualifying allowed him to cut through the field. He caught the two Mercedes drivers in the closing stages before settling for eighth place – three places higher than teammate Petrov who started sixth.
Had a strong qualifying session to finish 12th fastest, two spots ahead of his more experienced teammate Kobayashi. Made a clean getaway and showed good race pace to finish ninth, one place ahead of his teammate, and score his first points finish in Formula 1.