2012 Spanish Grand Prix – Maldonado Surprises

2012 F1 Spanish GP - Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado put in the defining drive of his F1 career to claim his maiden victory from pole position in the Spanish Grand Prix. The 2.91 mile Circuit de Catalunya, F1’s most favoured testing destination, witnessed a surprising starting grid after Lewis Hamilton’s pole-sitting McLaren was found in breach of a technical regulation and demoted to the back. It was the Williams of Maldonado on pole with home hero Fernando Alonso lining up his Ferrari alongside.

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F1 2012: Final Pre-season Test at Barcelona

F1 teams wrapped up winter testing at Barcelona with the third and final pre-season test which took place March 1-4. In a session that saw 10 teams participate, all the competitors barring HRT and Marussia put the final touches on their 2012 cars in readiness for the season opener at Melbourne from March 16-18.

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F1 2012 Pre-season Test 2 at Barcelona Recap and Analysis

As the teams wrapped up testing in Jerez with effective shakedowns on their 2012 challengers, the testing season became more serious with all competitors proceeding to Barcelona for the second four day pre-season test from February 21 – 24. Mercedes GP launched their 2012 spec car, the F1 W03, hours before the opening day of testing got underway. The Circuit de Catalunya, which also holds Round Five of the 2012 F1 World Championship, pending confirmation that the Bahrain GP in April is on schedule, played host to 11 of the 12 competing teams this year. Hispania Racing (HRT) was the only team not in action following a failed crash test on their new chassis from a total of 18 FIA specified compulsory crash tests. Marussia F1 was the only team still running their 2011 spec car at Barcelona. While the first test was mostly about ironing out potential reliability issues on the new cars, the development programs to find pace gathered momentum.

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