Pastor Maldonado Wins Spanish Grand Prix
Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado won his first ever F1 Grand Prix in Barcelona at the weekend, edging out Spain's Fernando Alonso to claim top place on the podium.
It was a significant victory for both Maldonado's team, Williams, celebrating their first win since 2004 and recovering from their worst ever season in 2011, and for Maldonado himself whose performance was the perfect riposte to critics who had labelled him a 'pay driver' since joining F1 last season.
"It's a wonderful day for the team which has been pushing so hard," the Venezuelen said after the race. "We have been trying to improve so much. It was a tough race with the strategy and the tyres. After a couple of laps we were struggling with the rear grip. Fernando did a better start than me, I was just following the pace."
However Williams' decision to take an earlier pit stop paid off and they took the lead from Ferrari on lap 44 and maintained it until the chequered flag.
Alonso's second place did allow him to go level on points with Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull-Renault in the standings, as Vettel managed only 6th place. If you're thinking of heading over to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013 then check our article for tips and tickets.