Pastor Maldonado brings a victory for Williams at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 14, 2012

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado of Williams secured a victory against Fernando Alonso of Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona's Catalunya track. This first win for Maldonado ends the losing streak that Williams has been on since the 2004 season. Maldonado and Alonso were head to head until the final laps but Williams’ man was able to draw away and win.

To get second place, Alonso had to contend with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen. At the first corner of the race, Alonso quickly took the lead as he raced past Maldonado. Alonso then got a three-second lead in the first stint as both had a substantial lead over the others in the field. Maldonado had a brilliant out-lap while Alonso fell behind Charles Pic's Marussia on his in-lap, resulting to Williams getting the advantage over Ferrari at the second pitstops.

Maldonado sped away for some laps until he got a 7s lead. Alonso began to come back at Maldonado, raising the gap to 4.2s before Williams had a somewhat slow final pitstop with a left-rear incident.

Raikkonnen was a few laps behind the two leaders, who had to make sure that their tires stayed intact as they kept up with the other. There were a few moments when it seemed that Maldonado would give way to Alonso's pressure but it turned out to be Ferrari that began to lose pace in the final stages. The lead gap started to widen again. Eventually, Maldonado scored a win with a 3.1s lead.

Topics: formula 1

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