Rosberg wins Spanish Grand Prix from pole

FIA F1 | 2015 Formula 1 World Championship – Spanish Grand Prix (Race)

Written and Images by - Jarrod Moore

With temperatures in the mid-twenties and the sun shining over Circuit de Barcelona, Nico Rosberg topped off a strong weekend proving he has what it takes, crossing the line in first place to win the Spanish Grand Prix.

In front of 86,700 Spanish F1 fans, Rosberg dominated the race from the start to put a significant gap between him and the rest of the field.

When asked about his first win of the season Rosberg said “It was a perfect weekend, great to be on pole and to win the race, I’m very very happy!”

“Thanks to the team, the car has been perfect all weekend.” Rosberg continued.

A bad start for Lewis Hamilton saw him drop back to third position on the first lap after spinning his tyres; this resulted in Mercedes switching Hamilton to a three stop strategy, one which paid off at the end of the race, leaping Sebastian Vettel before the chequered flag.

Vettel’s Ferrari crossed the line 45.3 seconds behind the Mercedes of Rosberg with Vettel opting for a two pit stop strategy, similar to that of Rosberg.

Vettel explained, “We had a good start, passing Lewis [Hamilton] and covering him at the first stop but when they switched to the three-stop we couldn’t keep up, they were too quick today.”

“We tried everything we could. Going through traffic is never easy, sometimes you’re lucky and sometime you lose.” continued Vettel.

With six cars finishing the race on the lead lap, Daniel Ricciardo was the best finisher using a Renault engine.

Suffering engine issues all weekend, Ricciardo put the past few days behind him to finish the race in front of his team mate and deliver some much needed points to Red Bull Racing.

Images by Jarrod Moore

Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas had the most exciting racing of the weekend, only a few tenths of a second separated the two drivers for most of the race. Just 8 tenths of a second was the difference at the chequered flag.

Early in the race Pastor Maldonado’s car suffered some damage to the rear wing after contact with team mate Romain Grosjean which resulted in Maldonado pitting earlier for repair before retiring from the race.

Lotus misfortunes continued with Grosjean sending his front jack man into the air after failing to stop inside his pit box. The mechanic was reported to be OK although was later seen holding a rather large bag of ice on his groin.

Not the only team with brake issues, McLaren’s reliability woes continued with Fernando Alonso not having any brakes on Lap 28. Coming into the pits, complete brake failure caused his mechanics to dive out of the way after the car failed to stop in his pit box.

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