Alonso thrills home fans with Spanish GP win
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix in front of his home fans on Sunday to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and get back in the Formula One title race.
Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second for the third straight race, with Alonso’s Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa in third as most drivers chose a four-stop strategy due to ongoing problem with Pirelli’s fast-degrading tires. That issue remains a big concern as tires still shred far too easily despite pre-race modifications.
Staring from fifth place, Alonso won his second race this season, showing that Ferrari can challenge Red Bull for pure speed. Alonso was easily quicker than Vettel, with the three-time defending champion finishing fourth in front of teammate Mark Webber.