Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mercedes AMG F1 Petronas | posted May 11, 2015 08:20
Nico Rosberg wins in Barcelona with a 17.5 second lead against Hamilton
Mercedes AMG F1 Petronas has merited yet another win in this year’s Formula One season, but this time it was Nico Rosberg at the Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli 2015 in Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona.
With a commanding 17.5 second lead against fellow teammate and reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg’s first win of the season cuts him Hamilton’s overall points lead with the German racing driver securing 91 points to the Briton’s 111.
While Rosberg relatively remained untouchable in the duration of the race, Hamilton had to contend with Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who managed to pass him during the opening stages of the race. Faced with a left rear tire problem, the Briton had to enter the pits early which allowed Vettel to take second.
Hamilton then regained his original position after switching over to medium tires after running on hard compounds. Vettel tried to challenge but Hamilton kept enough of a gap between the two of them after the Brit's last stop. Ultimately, Vettel finished third and accumulated a total of 80 points.
Landing fourth and fifth place respectively were Williams’ Valterri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen while meriting sixth and seventh place were fellow Williams’ driver Felipe Massa and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Lotus’ Romain Grosjean was able to secure eighth place despite having gearbox problems and nearly plowing through his pit crew after overshooting his pit box. Fortunately, not one member of the pit crew was hurt. Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso was able to finish the race in ninth place after overtaking Red Bull’s Daniel Kyvat who finished tenth though Sainz’s pass is under investigation after the Spaniard and the Russian made contact at Turn One.
Young gun Max Verstappen from Toro Rosso finished in eleventh place while Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Sergio Perez of Force India ended the race in twelfth and thirteenth accordingly. Nasr’s teammate Marcus Ericsson crossed the finish line in fourteenth place while Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg secured fifteenth.
Jenson Button from McLaren completed the race in sixteenth while Marussia teammates Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi rounded out the field in seventeenth and eighteenth places respectively.
Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso both retired from the race due to technical problems. Maldonado made contact with fellow teammate Grosjean which resulted in a broken wing while Alonso experienced brake problems.
Over to the Constructors’ standing. Mercedes-Benz is still leading with 202 points while Ferrari and Williams follow suit with 132 and 81 points accordingly.