Maldonado takes maiden victory

By on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pastor Maldonado has become the first Venezuelan to win a Grand Prix after he emerged victorious in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Maldonado started from pole but lost out to Fernando Alonso at the start.

From there, Williams decided to pit Maldonado earlier for his third stop and despite a slow wheel change, he leapt ahead of Alonso.

Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium.

Sebastian Vettel could only finish 6th, but crucially ahead of Lewis Hamilton (8th) and Jenson Button (9th). Mark Webber failed to score.

The result means Williams pick up their first victory since Brazil 2004.

A full race review will follow.

 P    Name            Gap  Int Time     Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3 Ps Lap  66   
 1 18 P. MALDONADO    LAP   66 1:29.735 24.5     33.7     31.4      3           
 2  5 F. ALONSO       3.1  3.1 1:29.598 24.7     33.8     31.0      3           
 3  9 K. RAIKKONEN    3.8  0.6 1:27.943 24.3     33.1     30.4      3           
 4 10 R. GROSJEAN    14.7 10.9 1:27.852 23.8     33.6     30.3      3           
 5 14 K. KOBAYASHI   64.6 49.8 1:30.126 24.7     34.0     31.2      3           
 6  1 S. VETTEL      67.5  2.9 1:28.468 24.3     33.6     30.5      4           
 7  8 N. ROSBERG     77.9 10.3 1:32.740 25.2     35.0     32.3      3           
 8  4 L. HAMILTON    78.1  0.2 1:32.438 25.0     35.1     32.2      2           
 9  3 J. BUTTON      85.2  7.1 1:32.052 25.2     34.8     31.9      3           
10 12 N. HULKENBERG    1L   1L 1:31.606 24.8     34.2     32.5      3           
11  2 M. WEBBER        1L  0.2 1:31.322 25.8     33.8     31.5      3           
12 17 J. VERGNE        1L  6.1 1:32.114 25.8     34.9     31.3      3           
13 16 D. RICCIARDO     1L  4.8 1:30.172 24.8     34.1     31.2      3           
14 11 P. DI RESTA      1L  4.6 1:31.291 25.1     35.0     31.0      3           
15  6 F. MASSA         1L  1.3 1:31.233 25.3     34.2     31.7      4           
16 20 H. KOVALAINEN    1L 24.0 1:31.352 25.0     34.5     31.7      3           
17 21 V. PETROV        1L 15.1 1:31.618 24.9     34.5     32.0      3           
18 24 T. GLOCK         2L   1L 1:31.070 24.9     34.3     31.7      3           
19 22 P. DE LA ROSA    3L   1L 1:31.887 25.4     34.8     31.6      4           
   15 S. PEREZ        29L  26L          50.3     33.5     STOP      3           
   25 C. PIC          31L   2L RETIRED  20.9 L15 21.3 L27           3           
   23 N. KARTHIKEYAN  44L  13L          STOP     21.5 L11 22.5 L22  2           
   19 B. SENNA        54L  10L          58.4     STOP                           
    7 M. SCHUMACHER   54L  0.5          STOP                        1       0

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