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Posted By: James Allen  |  13 May 2013   |  1:04 am GMT  |  228 comments

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso delighted his home fans and got his title challenge back on track with an impressive victory in a Spanish Grand Prix which saw battles all the way down the field.

Kimi Raikkonen scored his fourth podium in five races for Lotus to close the gap on Red Bull’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel while Felipe Massa made it onto the rostrum for the first time this season with an accomplished drive in his Ferrari.

Paul di Resta produced another strong drive to finish seventh for Force India while McLaren’s Jenson Button made up for a bad start to make up nine places and finish eighth.

And Sauber’s rookie Esteban Gutierrez produced his best performance in Formula 1, just missing out on his first point – but who was your Driver of the Day?

Fernando Alonso

Sent his home crowd wild with bold overtaking moves on Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen before maximising his strategy to take his second win of the season. Got away cleanly at the start, but stayed fifth going into Turn One. Passed both Raikkonen and Hamilton into Turn Three and then passed Vettel during the first set of stops. Overtook Nico Rosberg around the outside at Turn One to take the lead before building a gap big enough to make one stop than rival Raikkonen and still maintain position. Took his 32nd career victory, moving him ahead of Nigel Mansell and into fourth on the all-time winners’ list. Reduced the deficit to championship leader Vettel to 17 points.

Kimi Raikkonen

Cut the gap to championship leader Vettel to just four points with his fourth podium of the season. Dropped a place to Alonso on the first lap, but passed Hamilton to move back into fourth. Lost a place to Massa during the stops, but then passed Rosberg on track and Vettel during the stops to run third. Led the race in the penultimate stints, having managed to do three stops to Alonso and Massa’s four, but was overtaken by Alonso, who had fresher tyres, and ultimately had to settled for second.

Felipe Massa

Bounced back from a grid penalty to take his first podium of the season. Made a brilliant start from ninth, having been given a three-place penalty for blocking Mark Webber in qualifying, rising two places to seventh. Passed Hamilton on track and then used the undercut to overtake Raikkonen. Found himself in second for much of the race, but a four-stop strategy, compared to Raikkonen’s three-stopper, saw him drop to third. Wore out his tyres as he chased Raikkonen in the final stint and had to settle for third.

Paul di Resta

Continued Force India’s strong start to the season with a fourth points-finish in five races this season. Made a good start from 10th, rising to eighth after the first stops. Had a good battle with Mark Webber and ran as high as sixth, but a late fourth stop dropped him down the field. Used fresher tyres to hustle Rosberg in the closing stages before settling for seventh to leave him eighth in the drivers’ championship, ahead of the likes of Rosberg and Button.

Jenson Button

Described McLaren’s performance as embarrassing, but produced a strong drive to rise from 17th on the first lap to eighth. Blamed cold tyres for a lack of grip at the start, dropping three places from 14th on the grid. Found some pace when he moved to the harder compound tyre and conserved the rubber well to make a three-stop strategy work. Rose up the field to run eighth, holding off team-mate Sergio Perez late on to finish eighth for his fourth points finish of the season.

Esteban Gutierrez

Produced his best drive of the year in his debut season to finish 11th, just outside the points. Started 19th, having had a three-place grid penalty for blocking Raikkonen in qualifying, but looked after his tyres and ran a long first stint to lead the race for the first time in his career. Struggled with the tyres in the last two stints and made his fourth stop late on. Emerged 10 seconds behind Daniel Ricciardo in 10th but crossed the line just 0.3 seconds adrift.

So who was your Driver of the Day? Leave a comment at the bottom of this story. 

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1

Alonso obviously, but Kimi and Massa deserve praise.

I already know the ‘best driver of the day’ for Spa: the first to take Eau Rouge flat-out on worn Pirelli tyres………………

2

LH for his epic 2nd to 12th performance. LOL!

Nobody deserved it really but I will go for Massa for his determination inspite of no.2 treatment.

3

Gutierrez for a brilliant drive after a difficult start to his F1 career.

4

Would have say Bianchi is he didn’t have problem on lap 1, he was confortably fastest than his “Mini League” and could have gone for Bottas too. I sense something special will be coming from him, may be in Monaco ?

5

Comment of the race was Hamilton replying to his engineer telling him to preserve his left rear tyre. ” I can’t drive any slower. Just been overtaken by a Williams” Driver of the day of course was Alonso.

6

well here is the deal. yes it is true that the Ferrari was the package to have on sunday but that should not get in the way of why FA is the DOTD. simply put, it is what you do with the car that should dictate the choice. if say Fernando qualified on pole by a second, then maybe there is a argument for Kimi. but that was not the case. another example, the Ferrari is better than the Force India no question, but did Di Resta show us something more compelling than Alonso irrespective of the cars they were driving? no. and the tire issues aside, watching how fernando drove for most of the race, as the author of this blog so eloquently stated, “Alonso was on a different level.” this why Fernando rightly should be given the DOTD award.

7

Alonso because of the Kimi and Lewis move in Turn 3. And his overall race craft.

8

A-L-O-N-S-O 🙂

9

Alonso, he would get if just for the overtakes at turn 3 on lap 1, let alone anything else.

10

I thought I saw Kimi pass Vettel on the track…….?

11

ALONSO!!!

12

Alonso, drove the 4 pit stops strategy perfectly.

13

Alonso

14

Well this is pretty lat and no one will probably read it but here we go:

DOD was Alonso. Just like in Bahrain it was Vettel. I especially give Alonso and/or his team for making the right move and pitting earlier with his puncture. In the past few races I am sure they would have pressed for just one more lap, so maybe they have learned a little.

Co Driver of the day the Super Computer or Genius that thought an all out 4 stop was pushing hard on the tires was the way to go.

The pass against Hamilton was to me not nearly as impressive as it looked at the time. Let me be clear it required skill, but wouldn’t we expect that kind of skill out of most anyone on the grid? Passing a car that ended up in 12th and a lap down doesn’t really require that much skill, or do we want to applaud him for passing Charles Pic as well?

Best Pass of the day was of course Paul Hembry for the first time admitting the obvious. There is something wrong with these tires. While I would love them to be more compatable with RBR’s I doubt that is going to happen. They do have to be safe and with these delamination from the slightest puncture being very dangerous. Hopefully they get them fixed before some poor Fan-Marshal-Driver gets hurt or killed.

15

Fernando Alonso

16
Andrew Carter

Has to be Alonso.

17

Rosberg, got pole and in the race made the most out of a very bad race car. Hamilton been lapped and coming home in 12th shows just how bad the Mercedes car was in this race yet Rosberg held on to 6th.

How Schumacher put up with this team for 3 years I’ll never know.

18

Alonso for the best overtaking moves on turn 3 lap 1. And for charging all the way.

Massa gets my vote too.

19

it is difficult to make totally committed overtaking moves like that without a seriously good and respectful dancing partner. these guys are all really, really good at their craft…

20

Alonso

21

Fernando and Daniel. Massa had a good race too.

But I just get goosebumps watching the start with the onboard camera in Alonso’s car. NOBODY makes race starts like this!!!!

22
Nic Maennling

Well actually someone does !

23

Kimi…..

24

where do we vote and see the results, like in the past?

25

not having the poll is not a turn-off to me, but I would prefer to see it…

27

I’d say Rosberg deserves huge credit. Great pole lap and managed his race superbly despite the troublesome merc.

28

For me it was Alonso. He had the car and he delivered.

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