BARCELONA, May 12 (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso rewrote the Formula One form book and turned up the heat in the championship battle by winning his home Spanish Grand Prix for the second time on Sunday.
The double world champion’s second victory of the season, and 32nd of his career, made him the first driver in 23 years of racing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya to win from outside the top three grid positions.
For the record, the winner in Barcelona has started on pole 17 times in 22 years, not 18. The FIA forgot Damon Hill’s win from second in ’94
Alain Prost won in Spain with three different teams, but two of those victories were at Jerez.
I should rephrase that: Kimi would be first to win with three different teams in Barcelona. Others have won three times or more, of course.
If Kimi wins today, he’d be the first driver to win three times for three different teams in Barcelona.
A lot of pollen (or floaty stuff of some sort) blowing around in the air but otherwise looks like a fine day ahead.
BARCELONA (Reuters) – Germany’s Nico Rosberg put in a lightning lap to secure Mercedes’ third successive pole position on Saturday with team mate Lewis Hamilton sealing a front row lockout at the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.
The pole was Rosberg’s second in a row after Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, took pole in China last month.