Fifty thousand Spanish fans roared for the driver in red. Double World Champion Fernando Alonso snatching 2nd place honors for the most successful F1 team to date, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, drove the fans into a frenzy.
His runner up finish, courtesy of a
brake problem and a Vettel steer off the sand trap promoted Alonso from 4th place to the podium. Hamilton
While Australian Mark Webber in the Red Bull was a sight to behold, his RB6 triple rear diffuser the most any competitor had ever seen of the 3-time Grand Prix winner all afternoon, Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari managed to get the most out of F10 when teammate Brazilian Felipe Massa struggled all afternoon.
Looks like the aggressive Spanish driver has taken the reins of team Ferrari at this point as he leads the Driver’s scoring, 3 points adrift to Jenson Button of McLaren.
On the other hand down the middle of the pack, spectators were treated to a highly competitive battle between 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes being hounded mercilessly by the McLaren of current World Champion Jenson Button in the battle for 4th.
Even though clearly outpaced by the quicker car in the McLaren, a spark of the old Schumi was evident this time as the German outwitted the British champion in a rush to the quick corners of the 4.7-km Circuit de Catalunya before retiring Jenson to just following the Silver Arrow to the 66th lap.
Indeed, Schumacher has woken up to 2010 and the competition has bunched up considerably.
We now move on the most prestigious street circuit in Formula 1, the Monaco Grand Prix.
Early reports have Alonso topping practice time sheets in the highly complex, low downforce but versatile street course.
Fireworks this weekend!