The 2012 Grand Prix season continues to spring surprises, and the Spanish leg of the season proved no exception with Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado securing his first win.
The race was always going to be controversial after Lewis Hamilton secured pole position yesterday, only to be told he had to start at the back of the track as his McLaren didn’t have the regulatory litre of fuel left officials need for analysis.
But it wasn’t to be a complete waste of time for Hamilton as he managed to finish eighth with some excellent driving.
He’s still near to the top of the drivers’ championship, and seems to be in a better frame of mind following his move recently to live in Monaco, where he seems happier. Seeing what Monaco properties are available for sale can be done at http://www.monacoproperty.net
But it was Pastor Maldonado’s day, and it’s only his second season in Grand Prix, and in Spain he was helped by his Williams’ pit team, who seemed to have better tactics than Ferrari who were pushing Maldonado for the chequered flag.
He said after the race that it had been a wonderful day, and he thanked the Williams team for not just providing him with a world class car but also the team that ensured his first win.
And it’s good news for Williams as well. In recent years they have seemed to be a shadow of their previous selves, and have not looked like serious contenders in Grand Prix for quite a while.
Along with Ferrari upping their game at the same time, it’s proving a good combination to make F1 unpredictable, challenging and exciting.
The next race in the calendar is Monaco, a street circuit which really challenges the drivers around the streets of Monte Carlo, and it could be the most exciting Monaco Grand Prix for some years (the BBC will be covering the race live on BBC1 on Sunday May 27th).
Despite Williams first victory for a long time, their celebrations were cut short after the race, and after the official photograph of the winning team had been taken.
A fire broke out in their garage and four members of Williams staff were injured, with some being treated at the track’s medical unit and one being taken to hospital. It is also believed a team member of Force India suffered from smoke inhalation – an extraordinary end to what should have been a celebration.
All eyes now turn to the best race of the season and the most watched globally, when the teams travel to Monaco for Sunday May 27th, for what will hopefully be a race remembered for all the right reasons.
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