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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2012 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Race Recap

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Red Bull’s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel resisted a stiff challenge from Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen to win the 2012 Bahrain GP. Spread over 57 warm and tyre corroding laps of the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir, the race took every ounce of Vettel’s grit and consistency to defend from the dogged pursuit of the resurgent Lotus drivers. Romain Grosjean drove brilliantly through the field from seventh to finish third on the podium, overtaken on the way only by team-mate Raikkonen, who finished 3.3 seconds adrift of the winner.

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F1 2012 – Chinese Grand Prix Recap and Analysis

F1 - 2012 Chinese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg claimed his maiden F1 victory for Mercedes at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix with a perfectly controlled drive from pole position. The last time a works Mercedes entered car won a race was with Juan Manuel Fangio at the 1955 Italian GP. Back in F1 as a constructor after they bought out the 2009 championship winning Brawn GP team, their first victory was always going to be a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. Rosberg delivered in style on a hazy Sunday afternoon as he led home the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in second and third.

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