Eleven to watch – Spain 2011

A mixture of good and bad for the eleven drivers this week. Some had fantastic drives, and others just faded away.

11 – Jerome d’Ambrosio A poorer weekend than usual for the Virgin rookie. Could not compete with his teammate although he got ahead of Karthikeyan early on.

10 – Jaime Alguersuari Nothing spectacular. Started behind Buemi and finished behind him.

9 – Felipe Massa An unlucky weekend and the Ferrari man had gearbox problems to put him out of the race. Again he failed to come anywhere close to his teammate’s performance. More talk about his future at the team, as ever.

8 – Vitaly Petrov Started in the top 10, but couldn’t stay there. At the end he was overtaken by his teammate who had started from P24 and had more new tyres available to him.

7 – Pastor Maldonado He made it into Q3, but the Williams couldn’t stay there and he went backwards from the start. But he was ahead of a frustrated Barrichello for all but one lap – though they finished much closer than they started.

6 – Paul di Resta Unlike his teammate, he got ahead of Kovalainen (and a fast Trulli) from the start. Stayed ahead of Sutil for every lap, but didn’t manage to get any points out of it.

5 – Jarno Trulli Got ahead of a Force India and his teammate from the start despite being back in 19th. Stayed ahead of Kovalainen though his team ran a poor pit stop strategy which caused him to fall backwards. His best race of 2011 so far.

4 – Mark Webber Started the weekend on pole, just like Mitch Evans in his GP3 team. While Evans managed to get a win and a sixth place out of the weekend, Webber managed fourth just behind Button. No podium, but he wasn’t lapped.

3 – Michael Schumacher Got ahead of Rosberg and stayed there. Beating his teammate is a definite improvement from Schumacher, whose performance has been driving journalists crazy for over a year.

2 – Kamui Kobayashi Had a puncture on lap 1 but went on to finish in P10 – last to tenth just like in Turkey. Brilliant!

1 – Lewis Hamilton – Qualified third, and after being stuck behind the Red Bulls and Alonso got ahead of them. Battled with Vettel for the win, and would have got it on a different track.


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