The Williams victory at the Spanish Grand Prix was truly well deserved. Pastor Maldonado’s win secured the first victory for the Williams team since 2004.
As if in celebration of Sir Frank Williams’ 70th birthday recently, the team managed to secure poll position at the Spanish Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren failed to return to the pits after a flying lap that was thought to have secured him poll position and was dually relegated to 24th on the grid.
It was Williams first win since Brazil in 2004, 123 races ago. It was also to be Maldonado’s first podium finish and made him the highest finishing Venezuelan in the history of F1.
Williams have seen a sharp decline in recent years and have struggled to maintain any consistency in the car, culminating in their worst year in 2011. The ever cool, collected and realistic Sir Frank was cautious in his responses to the press.
The great equalizer [Pirelli tyres] has levelled everything in team performance in this 2012 season and lead to one of the most exciting Grand Prix seasons that I have ever witnessed.
Many would argue however the the only one profiting from this years season is Pirelli themselves, with publicity far beyond what they had expected and that driving itself is suffering in a season dominated, not by Vettel, Hamilton or Alonso but by tires. Like the old Butline Special Pistol in the wild west cowboy days, Pirelli has become the great equalizer. The argument whether or not a tyres should dominate F1 will continue for the rest of the season, but one thing cannot be disputed and that is that it has lead to one of the most exciting F1 seasons for many years
Although tyres have played a big part in car performance this year and the fact that Maldonado took poll position by default cannot take away from a brilliant performance as Pastor fought and won the battle for first place against Fernando Alonso who so wanted to impress his home crowd by a win for Spain and for Ferrari.
Unfortunately, a fire in the Williams garage put the celebrations on hold. While I do not want to comment on the fire itself as team members are still being treated in hospital. It would seem nonsense to me that with the wealth and technology that surrounds F1 that professional fire-fighters are not employed at circuits around the world.
Spanish Grand Prix Top 10
1. Pastor Maldonado
2. Fernando Alonso
3. Kimi Raikkonen
4. Romain Grosjean
5. Kamui Kobayashi
6. Sebastian Vettel
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Lewis Hamilton
9. Jenson Button
10. Nico Hulkenberg
Author: Mandy Finch
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