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DATE: Sunday, May 12
SITE: Circuit de Catalunya -- Barcelona, Spain
TRACK: 4.655 km (2.892 miles), 16-turn road course
CAPACITY: 107,000
ANNUAL: 43rd
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
START TIME: 8 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, May 11/8 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Pastor Maldonado
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Pastor Maldonado (finished 1)
LAPS: 66
MILES: 190.825 (307.104 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Mark Webber, 2010 (1 min., 19.996 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Fernando Alonso, 2006 (1 hr., 26 mins., 21.759 secs.)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Pastor Maldonado16Sebastian Vettel7
2Fernando Alonso27Nico Rosberg6
3Kimi Raikkonen48Lewis Hamilton24
4Romain Grosjean39Jenson Button10
5Kamui Kobayashi910Nico Hulkenberg13
2012 Spanish Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 185.837 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 39 mins., 9.145 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.195 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 19
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 9
FASTEST LAP: Romain Grosjean, 1:26.250, Lap 53
POLE WINNER: Pastor Maldonado (1:22.285)
Past Spanish Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Pastor Maldonado (1) -- Williams Renault -- 185.837 kph/1:39:9.145
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (2) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 186.020 kph/1:39:3.301
2010 -- Mark Webber (1) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 192.471 kph/1:35:44.101
2009 -- Jenson Button (1) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 188.214 kph/1:37:19.202
2008 -- Kimi Raikkonen (1) -- Ferrari -- 186.365 kph/1:38:19.051
2007 -- Felipe Massa (1) -- Ferrari -- 198.102 kph/1:31.36.230
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (1) -- Renault -- 212.074 kph/1:26:21.759
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 209.844 kph/1:27:16.830
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 209.205 kph/1:27:32.841
2003 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 196.620 kph/1:33:46.933
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:30:29.981
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:31:03.305
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen (2) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:33:55.390
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:34:13.665
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:33:37.621
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve (1) -- Williams -- 1:30:35.896
1996 -- Michael Schumacher (3) -- Ferrari -- 1:59:49.307
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Benetton -- 1:34:20.507
1994 -- Damon Hill (2) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:36:14.374
1993 -- Alain Prost (1) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:32:27.685
1992 -- Nigel Mansell (1) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:56:10.674
1991 -- Nigel Mansell (2) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:38:41.541
1990 -- Alain Prost (2) -- Ferrari -- 1:48:01.461
1989 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:47:48.264
1988 -- Alain Prost (2) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:48:43.851
1987 -- Nigel Mansell (2) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:49:12.692
1986 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- Lotus-Renault -- 1:48:47.735
1985 -- Not held
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Not Held
1982 -- Not Held
1981 -- Gilles Villeneuve (7) -- Ferrari -- 1:46:35.01
1980 -- Not Held
1979 -- Patrick Depailler (2) -- Ligier-Ford -- 1:39:11.84
1978 -- Mario Andretti (1) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:41:47.06
1977 -- Mario Andretti (1) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:42:52.22
1976 -- James Hunt (1) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:42:20.43
1975 -- Jochen Mass (11) -- McLaren-Ford -- 42:53.7
1974 -- Niki Lauda (1) -- Ferrari -- 2:00:29.56
1973 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (7) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:48:18.7
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (3) -- Lotus-Ford -- 2:03:41.23
1971 -- Jackie Stewart (4) -- Tyrrell-Ford -- 1:49:03.4
1970 -- Jackie Stewart (3) -- March-Ford -- 2:10:58.2
1969 -- Jackie Stewart (4) -- Matra-Ford -- 2:16:54.0
1968 -- Graham Hill (6) -- Lotus-Ford -- 2:15:2.1
1967 -- Not Held
1966 -- Not Held
1965 -- Not Held
1964 -- Not Held
1963 -- Not Held
1962 -- Not Held
1961 -- Not Held
1960 -- Not Held
1959 -- Not Held
1958 -- Not Held
1957 -- Not Held
1956 -- Not Held
1955 -- Not Held
1954 -- Mike Hawthorn (3) -- Ferrari -- 3:13:52.1
1953 -- Not Held
1952 -- Not Held
1951 -- Juan Manual Fangio (2) -- Alfa Romeo -- 2:46:54.10
Past Spanish Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Pastor Maldonado -- 1
2011 -- Mark Webber -- 4
2010 -- Mark Webber -- 1
2009 -- Jenson Button -- 1
2008 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 1
2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 1
2006 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 1
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2003 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2002 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 5
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 1
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 13
1995 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 1
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1
1991 -- Gerhard Berger -- 20
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 14
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 4
1987 -- Nelson Piquet -- 4
1986 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1985 -- Not held
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Not Held
1982 -- Not Held
1981 -- Jacques Laffite -- 2
1980 -- Not Held
1979 -- Jacques Laffite -- 23
1978 -- Mario Andretti -- 1
1977 -- Mario Andretti -- 1
1976 -- James Hunt -- 1
1975 -- Niki Lauda -- 25
1974 -- Niki Lauda -- 1
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 15
1972 -- Jacky Ickx -- 2
1971 -- Jacky Ickx -- 2
1970 -- Jack Brabham -- 7
1969 -- Jochen Rindt -- 11
1968 -- Chris Amon -- 9
1967 -- Not Held
1966 -- Not Held
1965 -- Not Held
1964 -- Not Held
1963 -- Not Held
1962 -- Not Held
1961 -- Not Held
1960 -- Not Held
1959 -- Not Held
1958 -- Not Held
1957 -- Not Held
1956 -- Not Held
1955 -- Not Held
1954 -- Alberto Ascari -- 19
1953 -- Not Held
1952 -- Not Held
1951 -- Alberto Ascari -- 4
Last Race Results
RACE: Bahrain Grand Prix (April 21)
SITE: Bahrain International Circuit -- Sakhir, Bahrain
LAPS: 57
MILES: 182.115 (308.238 km)
WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen
THIRD: Romain Grosjean
FOURTH: Paul di Resta
FIFTH: Lewis Hamilton
POLE WINNER: Nico Rosberg (finished 9)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 36 mins., 0.498 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 192.632 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 9.111 secs.
Spanish Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
4Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
5Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
6Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
9Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
10Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
11Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Ferrari/Sauber
12Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
14Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
15Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
16 *Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
17Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Renault/Williams
18Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
19Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
20Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Renault/Caterham
21Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether.)Renault/Caterham
22Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Cosworth/Marussia
23Max Chilton (Reigate, England)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Pastor Maldonado---------------------15Won
Fernando Alonso42Won3155252
Kimi Raikkonen11Won519Won15------3
Romain Grosjean------------------------4
Sebastian Vettel------------2243Won6
Nico Rosberg------1161481377
Lewis Hamilton---------2391428
Jenson Button8---6126Won539
Mark Webber12692153Won411
Felipe Massa9114Won2662215
 
Mover of the Week
Romain Grosjean - started 11 and finished 3
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kimi Raikkonen) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona is round 5 on the 2013 Formula One calendar.

This will be the 23rd time the Spanish GP has run at Circuit de Catalunya. The first race was held on Barcelona's Pedralbes street circuit in 1951. The event in Spain has also been held at Barcelona's Montjuich Park (four times), Jerez (five times) and Jarama (nine times). It has run at Circuit de Catalunya each year since 1991.

Michael Schumacher holds the record for most victories in the Spanish GP with six. Schumacher, who retired from F1 for good at the conclusion of the 2012 season, won this race in back-to-back years from 1995-96 and then scored four consecutive victories in it from 2001-04. All but one of his wins in this race came from the pole position.

Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus is the only active driver who has multiple victories in the Spanish GP. Raikkonen won it in 2005 and '08.

Six other current drivers have one win in the Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso (2006), Felipe Massa (2007), Jenson Button (2009), Mark Webber (2010), Sebastian Vettel (2011) and Pastor Maldonado (2012).

One year ago, Maldonado from Williams claimed his inaugural win in his early F1 career in Barcelona. He also became the first Venezuelan driver in the sport to win a grand prix. He qualified second for the Spanish GP but inherited the pole after Lewis Hamilton, who drove for McLaren at the time, was stripped of the position due to a fuel violation in qualifying. Maldonado and Williams became the fifth different driver and constructor to win in the first five grand prix last season.

Maldonado became the third driver in F1 history to score his maiden win in the Spanish GP. Niki Lauda's inaugural victory came in this race in 1974, and Jochen Mass won it for the first time the following year.

Alonso leads all active drivers with six podium appearances in the Spanish GP. This is the "home race" for the Spaniard.

All but one of the previous 22 Spanish GPs held at Circuit de Catalunya have been won from either the first or second starting positions. Schumacher started third when he won this race in 1996.

Round 6 in this year's F1 world championship is the May 26 Monaco Grand Prix. Mark Webber won last year's most prestigious race on the F1 circuit.

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