It was yet another good outing for Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel as he drove home to the chequered flag at the Spanish Grand Prix which pushes him further up the standings in defend of his world championship title. This goes to show that his victory last year was no fluke as he is now the favourite to defend the title.
Vettel was as cool as he could be in the race where he managed to defend off any offensive put up by McLaren driver and former world champion Lewis Hamilton to win the race. He won the race by a six tenth time over Hamilton while the latter’s team mate Jenson Button came in third.
The race started with Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber on pole but at the flag off could not overcome the attacks by those behind him and had to settle for fourth after Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took over the lead. Alonso, racing in his ‘home race’ overtook Webber and Vettel to lead but he eventually lost out after the second pit stop and had to end the race on fifth place.
The race saw 7 time world champion finishing among the highest since his return to the sport with a sixth place record while Nico Rosberg his team mate was seventh while Nick Heidfeld settled for eighth. Coming in ninth and to round up the top ten were the Sauber drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi.
With 4 out of 5 wins, Vettel is firmly on the driver seat to end the season as champion again where he now holds 118 points over 77 points by Hamilton. Webber has 67 while Button has 6 points less. Ferrari’s Alonso is losing ground with only 51 points with Nico Rosberg and Renault’s Heidfeld coming in sixth and seventh on the rankings. Felipe Massa is in a miserable 24 points. The cars will now head out to Monte Carlo next week in the street circuit known to be grueling, tight and very hard to overtake. It would be a test of skills and experience and whoever keeps his head will win. But with the current standings, it is no surprise that Vettel would do good there.