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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Williams | Maldonado | 5th Different Winner for 2012

Pastor Maldonado delighted the Williams garage with an impeccable victory in Barcelona.

He overhauled Fernando Alonso to take his fist win and the first for Williams since Juan Pablo Montoya took victory in Brazil 2004.

Kimi Raikkonen closed out the podium in third ahead of his Lotus team mate Romain Grosjean in fourth and Kamui Kobayashi in fifth.

Vettel and Rosberg were sixth and seventh, Hamilton and Button eighth and ninth, followed by Hulkenberg and Webber.

Lewis Hamilton gained most places moving up to eighth after he was demoted from pole to last on the grid for having insufficient fuel after qualifying.

The celebrations were severely blighted by a fire in the Williams garage.  One employee has been detained in hospital.  The team were overwhelmed by the support given by other teams to deal with the fire and offers of practical assistance.

Frank Williams attributed the win to the new team personnel structure for 2012, and felt his aero team in particular have excelled.  He described engine suppliers Renault as being charming and truly helpful.

Vettela and Alonso now tie the 2012 standings with 61 points followed by Hamilton on 53, Raikkonen on 49, Webber on 48 and Button on 45.  Pastor Maldonado has jumped to ninth behind Nico Rosberg in seventh and Romain Grosjean in eighth.

Five different drivers have now won in 2012 - Button, Alonso, Rosberg, Vettel and now Maldonado.  Try predicting the next race!

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