Spanish Grand Prix 2012: Vettel eyes second straight victory

Sebastian Vettel will be keen to build on his victory in Bahrain by repeating his heroics from 2011 at the Spanish Grand Prix

By Steven Oldham
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Sebastian Vettel won last year's Spanish Grand Prix Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of Red Bull Racing

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Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel will look to win in Barcelona for the second successive year as Formula 1 returns to Europe this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The closest start to the season in many years has produced four different winners in as many races and there is no indication that this weekend’s Grand Prix will have a clear-cut winner.

Red Bull will take heart from their first win of the season in Bahrain thanks to Vettel’s superb victory, where the German led home from the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikonnen and Romain Grosjean.

The double world champion leads the drivers’ standings from Lewis Hamilton by four points, despite the McLaren driver not yet winning a race this year.

Vettel’s victory helped propel Red Bull to the top of the constructor’s standings, with 101 points – nine ahead of McLaren, with Lotus surprisingly in third.

This is the first race since the three-day test in Mugello, which all teams except HRT took part in. Ferrari in particular saw an improvement in their performance, and there was continued quick pace shown by Lotus and Sauber.

Last year, Sebastian Vettel secured his first Spanish victory ahead of the McLarens of Hamilton and Jenson Button, after Mark Webber started on pole before finishing fourth.

The winners of every Spanish Grand Prix since 2001 will line up on this weekend’s grid with Webber (2010), Button (2009), Raikonnen (2005,2008), Felipe Massa (2007), Fernando Alonso (2006) and Michael Schumacher (2001-2004) all climbing to the top of the podium in recent years.

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