A first and a third, two podiums, another three trophies for the over-flowing cabinets in Milton Keynes. It was a decent haul for Red Bull Racing at this afternoon’s Spanish Grand Prix.
For the winner Mark Webber, there was only one small ‘moment’ in his charge to victory from pole and that was his team-mate desperate to push passed him before the first turn.
The Red Bull pair also had to tussle with Alonso and Hamilton down to the first corner of the first lap, but the starting order prevailed and Mark powered through to Turn 2 and 3, and on to the chequered flag.
Having pitted after Seb, Mark retained his lead and finished first. And finished by some way – he was 24 seconds ahead of his closest rival come the chequered flag. Twenty-four seconds.
However, that runner-up on this occasion was not his team-mate. Bad luck again blighted Sebastian after he was forced off-track when Hamilton rejoined the circuit after the McLaren driver’s pit stop. Vettel then suffered from problems with his brakes and was forced to slacken off his pace. Fortunately he was so far in front of Schumacher that he was able to bring the RB6 home in one piece. A Hamilton mechanical failure on the penultimate lap of the race pushed the Brit off track and out of the points and promoted Seb to third and on to the podium, behind Fernando Alonso. Behind Schumacher who was fourth was Jenson Button with Massa, Sutil, Kubica, Barichello behind him. Jaime Alguersuari of Toro Rosso also benefited from Hamilton’s misfortune as it pushed him into the final points place.
The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud has meant those who were due to fly home couldn’t – but since we fire up the RB6 again on Thursday for first practice in Monte Carlo it’s not as potentially problematic as our Chinese adventure.
The results moves Mark into fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship, just seven points behind Seb and the team now lie third in the Constructors, but importantly means we’re only six points behind the leaders McLaren.
Now, where’s that Mediterranean coast road atlas…