Australian Mark Webber won the Spanish Grand Prix for rampant Red Bull on Sunday after leading from start to finish at Formula One's most predictable circuit. For a record 10th year in succession at the Circuit de Catalunya, the driver who started on pole position took the chequered flag as winner in the Catalan sunshine.
“Fantastic, you were untouchable,” the team told Webber, the first driver to win from pole this year, after he crossed the line a massive 24 seconds clear of Ferrari's second placed Fernando Alonso. “It was a fantastic result and I'm absolutely thrilled,” said the Australian of his third career win. “We had a faultless grand prix weekend. Spaniard Alonso, celebrating his first home race for the Italian team, inherited a crowd-pleasing runner-up position when McLaren's Lewis Hamilton crashed out.
Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher was fourth, the best result so far of the 41-year-old's comeback season, with McLaren's Jenson Button unable to find a way past and forced to settle for fifth.
Button, Hamilton's team mate and reigning world champion, stayed top of the standings with 70 points to Alonso's 67 after five of the season's 19 races.
Adrian Sutil’s seventh place finish brought Force India back among the points again but Hispania driver Karun Chandhok's hopes of a third successive finish were dashed after a tangle with Toro Rosso's Jamie Alguersuari on Sunday.