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  • That really was stuff legends from Maldonado and the rest. Thank you for your company today and do join us again in two weeks for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  • Rosberg holds on for P7. Here's the top 10 for you. Maldonado, Alonso, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Kobayashi, Vettel, Rosberg, Hamilton, Button, Hulkenberg.

  • Alonso manages to hold off the charging Raikkkonen. Grosjean finishes P4. There is still a battle for P7 as Rosberg and Hamilton are involved in a right old scrap.

  • Maldonado takes the chequered flag!!!!!!!!!

  • Maldonado is in cruise control. He has some traffic though, but it's under control for Williams driver.

    Lap 66
  • Final lap and Maldonado is in control. It looks like it's all about P2 now as Raikkkonen is making two seconds per lap on Alonso.

    Lap 66
  • Maldonado is three seconds ahead of Alonso, but Raikkonen is now just 4.4s behind the Ferrari driver. This will be tight with only a couple of laps to go.

    Lap 65
  • Maldonado and Alonso are about to reach some backmarkers, but Jean-Eric Vergne allows the Williams driver to pass him. Alonso tyres look like they are gone. The lead is now three seconds.

    Lap 65
  • Vettel finally takes P7 from Hamilton. Not much that the McLaren driver could do in the DRS zone.

    Lap 64
  • Maldonado is looking good for the win as he now has a 2.3s lead over Alonso.

    Lap 64
  • Vettel in P8 after his move on Button earlier, is now less than one second behind Hamilton. He has a look, but doesn't get past.

    Lap 63
  • Folks, it is heating up at the front. Maldonado leads Alonso by two seconds, but Raikkonen is now just nine seconds behind the Ferrari driver.

    Lap 63
  • Webber has a sniff at Hulkenberg in P10, but the Force India driver holds firm.

    Lap 62
  • Kobayashi has a look on the inside of Rosberg, but the Mercedes driver closes the door. Rosberg locks up at the next turn and that allows the Sauber driver to take the position.

    Lap 61
  • Maldonado has once again opened a one-second lead over Alonso while Raikkonen has closed the gap on the Ferrari driver to 11.2s.

    Lap 61
  • Vettel has managed to close the gap to Button and he takes the McLaren driver on the inside. Next up for the Red Bull man is Lewis Hamilton in P7.

    Lap 60
  • Raikkonen is told that he 'may' catch the leaders before the end of the race.

    Lap 60
  • We will get some action very soon as Alonso is right behind the Williams car now.

    Lap 59
  • Some nervous faces in the Williams garage. Alonso is once again less than one second behind him. Meanwhile a bit further down, Kobayashi is also right behind Rosberg in P5.

    Lap 58
  • Raikkonen is still on the charge and he is now just 17s behind Alonso.

    Lap 57
  • Cat and mouse stuff between Maldonado and Alonso at the front. One moment the Williams driver is getting slightly away then the Spaniard suddenly makes up the time.

    Lap 56
  • Grosjean is flying in P5 and he his 1:26:520 is the best time of the afternoon so far.

    Lap 55
  • Alonso has slightly dropped back from Maldonado and the gap is just over one second now.

    Lap 55
  • A look at the top 10 quickly. Maldonado, Alonso, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Rosberg, Kobayashi, Hamilton, Button, Vettel and Hulkenberg.

    Lap 54
  • Massa and Di Resta get out of the way of the Maldonado-Alonso scrap.

    Lap 53
  • The gap between Maldonado and Raikkonen is just over 20s. If the Williams driver and Alonso still have to stop, then the Lotus man is looking good for the victory.

    Lap 52
  • Alonso is still stuck behind Maldonado and they will soon catch up behind some backmarkers - one of which is Massa's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa.

    Lap 52
  • Kimi Raikkonen sets a new fastest lap in P4, but he is more than 21 seconds behind the top two drivers.

    Lap 51
  • Raikkonen has been told that Maldonado and Alonso still have to stop again. Interesting tactics. Alonso is now less than one second behind the Williams driver.

    Lap 50
  • Maldonado has already been told to manage his tyres and he has Alonso on the charge behind him.

    Lap 50
  • Right with the Lotus left behind in P3, Maldonado finds himself just 1.4s ahead of the Ferrari of Alonso. Raikkonen pits from P3. It's a clean stop and he comes out in P4.

    Lap 50
  • Alonso is now stuck behind Raikkonen and that gives Maldonado a bit of breathing space. Alonso overtakes the Lotus in the DRS zone. There wasn't much that Raikkonen could do.

    Lap 49
  • Alonso makes his move and sets a new fastest lap of 1:27:390.

    Lap 48
  • Maldonado is stuck behind Raikkonen in P1. The Lotus driver still has to stop, but this is not good news for the Williams driver as the dirty air is not good for his tyres. Alonso has managed to close the gap. Maldonado, though, decides to go for the pass and it's a clean one.

    Lap 48
  • Webber, down in P12, sets a new fastest lap of 1:27.857.

    Lap 47
  • Looks like Williams feel that Maldonado will be able to finish the race on his current set of tyres. That's more than 20 laps.

    Lap 46
  • The Ferrari pit crew have come out and they are ready for race leader Alonso. Another excellent stop from Ferrari - 20.1s - but the Spaniard comes out behind Maldonado.

    Lap 45
  • Maldondo is in P3, but Alonso and Raikkkonen still have to stop. Just going back to his stop, there was a problem with his left-rear tyre.

    Lap 44
  • The Red Bull mechanics are once again out and they have new nose ready for Vettel. The old one was a little slow in coming off and he will lose some valuable time. He returns in P10, behind Lewis Hamilton.

    Lap 43
  • Maldonado pits from the front and there's a slight hold-up. Not quite sure what the problem was. He was in the pits for 22.8s. That could cost him dearly.

    Lap 42
  • Hamilton is up to P9 now as Hulkenberg pits. Button, meanwhile, is involved in a scrap for P12 with Massa and Di Resta. Massa manages to get past Di Resta, as does Button. Now it's the McLaren's driver to have a look at the Ferrari and he makes it a clean stop.

    Lap 41
  • Hamilton overtakes the Toro Rossos of Vergne and Ricciardo in the space of a couple of corners. The two STR drivers are battling for P10 and Hamilton spots his chance and first he splits the two team-mates and then eases past Vergne to take the place.

    Lap 40
  • Kobayashi still hasn't managed to get past Rosberg in P5. Button, meanwhile, heads to the pits after being passed by Vettel. He changes to the harder tyres and comes out behind Massa in P14.

    Lap 40
  • Vettel sweeps past Button in P7 in the DRS zone.

    Lap 39
  • Charles Pic won't have time to take his drive-through penalty as he has pulled his car into the Marussia garage.

    Lap 38
  • Hamilton passes Di Resta and he is told that the Force India 'will stop again' while 'we are not sure yet if we will stop again'.

    Lap 37
  • Marussia's Charles Pic is handed a drive-through penalty for ignoring the blue flags earlier.

    Lap 37
  • Hamilton pits as he was falling away quite badly in the previous lap. He returns to the track in P14, just behind Paul di Resta.

    Lap 36
  • Kobayashi continues his charge and he is very close to the Mercedes of Rosberg in P6. The German, though, holds firm. They are also catching Hamilton in P5.

    Lap 36
  • Mark Webber is right behind Nico Hulkenberg, who is in the final points position. He tries to have a go, but he is not quite close enough.

    Lap 35
  • Hamilton tells his race engineer that his tyres - which are 19 laps old - are going off.

    Lap 34
  • Alonso seems to have found another gear as he has managed to reduce the gap to Maldonado to 6.7s.

    Lap 34
  • The battle for sixth place is very tight as Rosberg, Button and Kobayashi are separated by less than two seconds. The Sauber driver finds the inside line on Button and he moves up to P7.

    Lap 33
  • Race leader Maldonado is told to look after his rear tyres. He is looking very good for the race victory at the moment. Have to say I am starting to feel nervous for the Venezuelan. Let's hope he shows nerves of steel in the latter stages of the race.

    Lap 32
  • Vettel finally takes his penalty and that little misdemeanour sees him drop to P9.

    Lap 31
  • What is happening at the front? Maldonado has opened a seven-second lead over Alonso. Raikkonen is in P3 and another 12.3s back.

    Lap 30
  • Massa immediately takes his penalty and that gives Hamilton some space to attack. He is up to P5.

    Lap 29
  • Vettel gets a drive-through penalty for failing to slow down under the yellow flags. Massa has also received a drive-through penalty for the same penalty. Good news for Hamilton surely.

    Lap 28
  • Raikkonen pits from P3 and Vettel from P4. The Lotus driver keeps his place while Vettel drops to P5.

    Lap 28
  • Alonso pits from the lead. It's a clean stop from Ferrari, but that little hiccup with the backmarker has cost him dearly as Maldonado takes over at the front. I'm sure the Ferrari driver will be furious.

    Lap 27
  • Oh dear Alonso. You don't really help yourself, do you? He passes a backmarker, but has a wave at the Marussia driver as he passes him.

    Lap 27
  • The McLaren pit crew are out and Button makes a stop. Will it be a clean stop? Yes, he switches to the softer tyres and comes out in P10.

    Lap 26
  • Nico Rosberg is warned to look after his tyres. Maldonado, meanwhile, pits from P2 and returns to the track in third place. Schumacher reveals he is 'very frustrated' after driving into the back of Senna. He has a moan about it's not the first time Senna has been involved in an incident like that.

    Lap 25
  • Vergne ducks into the pits and that means it's a straight Massa v Hamilton fight. The McLaren driver looks to go on the outside, but Massa holds firm. The Ferrari driver initially gave him a lot of space, but then closed the door.

    Lap 24
  • An incident involving Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa will be investigated by the race stewards.

    Lap 23
  • Hamilton is down in P12, but Massa and Verge in P11 and P10 respectively are less than two seconds ahead of him. Looks like the McLaren driver will be challenging for some points at least today.

    Lap 22
  • Webber posts the fastest lap, a 1:29.140, following his second visit to the pits.

    Lap 21
  • Maldonado continues to lap faster than Alonso. He is just 1:7s behind the Ferrari drivers. They will soon be lapping the backmarkers so it could get interesting, especially for a 'rookie' like Maldonado.

    Lap 20
  • Interesting stuff at the front of the grid. The top three are separated by 7.8s, but Grosjean in fourth place is more than 12 seconds behind his team-mate Raikkonen in third place.

    Lap 19
  • The Red Bull mechanics are out and they have a new front wing ready for Webber. he pits and drops to P17. Will be a very difficult afternoon for the Australian from here on in.

    Lap 18
  • Di Resta passes Webber for P9. Something is wrong with Webber as Vergne and Massa also pass him. Hamilton also spots an opportunity and passes the Red Bull. It will be Massa v Hamilton round 22 very soon.

    Lap 17
  • Alonso still leads with Maldonado 2:8s behind the Spaniard.

    Lap 16
  • Rosberg is running P4, but Romain Grosjean makes a clean pass and takes the position.

    Lap 15
  • Oh dear! Hamilton finally pits and it looks like he's about to get away cleanly, but he runs over one of the wheels that were taken off at the back. Oh dear!! He came out behind Hulkenberg so he lost a bit of time as he had to stop.

    Lap 14
  • Schumacher just drove into the back of Senna and they both went off the track. Schumacher threw his steering wheel to the ground. His race is over, but Senna tries to nurture his car back to the pits. He doesn't succeed though and has to stop.

    Lap 14
  • Schumacher and Senna are both in the gravel at Turn 1. Shake of the head from the German as there was clearly contact between the two.

    Lap 13
  • Lewis Hamilton is told he is P4, but he still has to stop. He's also being told that they are using a different strategy.

    Lap 13
  • Grosjean found himself stuck behind Bruno Senna in P7 and he looks to overtake the Williams driver, but they touch and a piece of bodywork comes flying off.

    Lap 12
  • Maldonado and Raikkkonen both decide to pit. They both head out after switching to hard tyres. It's a case of as you were as they come out behind Alonso.

    Lap 11
  • Maldonado leads the race with Raikkonen 1.8s behind him. They both still have to stop.

    Lap 11
  • The gap between Alonso and Maldonado is still just over one second. Alonso pits from the lead. Another superb pit stop from Ferrari and Alonso comes out in P3. Grosjean and Schumacher also pit.

    Lap 11
  • Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta all pit. Clean stops for all of them and they switch to hard tyres.

    Lap 10
  • Hamilton is up to P12 and he is right behind Nico Hulkenberg. He also locks up a wheel. The Force India goes wide and that gives Hamilton an easy pass. The charge up the field continues. The McLaren pit crew are out. All eyes will be on them.

    Lap 10
  • Kobayashi is next to stop and everyone is opting for the harder tyres now. He comes out in P19, ahead of Mark Webber.

    Lap 9
  • Webber nearly runs into the back of the HRT as Karthikeyan breaks very early. The Red Bull driver locks as he has to break hard.

    Lap 9
  • Up the road, Vettel finds himself stuck behind Michael Schumacher. Red Bull decide to bring Vettel in for an early stop as well. He is also onto the hard tyres. He comes out P18.

    Lap 8
  • Webber was getting frustrated behind Massa and he decides to pit. It's very early. He switches to the hard tyres and drops to 23rd place. He is behind an HRT and a Marussia.

    Lap 7
  • Hamilton is up to P16 after passing Heikki Kovalainen. At the front of the pack, Alonso is maintaining a one-second lead over Maldonado. He's not really getting away, is he? The Spaniard complains that he is struggling with his left-front and rear tyres.

    Lap 6
  • Webber joins the Vergne-Massa scrap for 10th position, but he locks up a wheel and has to back off.

    Lap 5
  • Felipe Massa is given the hurry up by his engineer as he has a couple of goes at Jean-Eric Vergne in P10. The Toro Rosso driver holds firm, for now at least.

    Lap 5
  • Perez is the fastest man out on the track after switching to prime tyres during his stop. He does a 1:29 while the front-runners are doing 1:30s.

    Lap 4
  • Here is the top 10 for you. Alonso, Maldonado, Raikkonen, Rosberg, Grosjean, Schumacher, Vettel, Button, Kobayashi and Vergne.

    Lap 3
  • Lewis Hamilton watch: he is up to P18 and he has a couple of looks at Bruno Senna. He has another look at the inside and he makes a good pass on the Williams driver.

    Lap 3
  • Alonso still leads, but he is not getting away from Maldonado. The Venezuelan sets the fastest lap, a 1:30.597.

    Lap 2
  • Lewis Hamilton watch for you: he is up to P20 and behind Bruno Senna while his 'mate' Felipe Massa is up to P11.

    Lap 2
  • Sergio Perez went sliding off the track on the opening lap and he is into the pits with a left-rear tyre problem after being clipped by someone.

    Lap 2
  • Alonso leads. Rosberg has managed to get ahead of Grosjean while Schumi is up to P6. Webber dropped a couple of places, but he makes up one and moves to P12 after passing Paul di Resta.

    Lap 1
  • Maldonado is away cleanly and he tries to squeeze Alonso to the other side, but Alonso holds firm and takes P1 at the first corner. Raikkonen and Grosjean are away cleanly.

    Lap 1
  • All the cars are on the option - or soft if you like - tyres for the start of the race.

  • All 24 drivers are making their way around the track. Oh for the days when some cars used to stall on the grid. Those were the days, eh?

  • Pastor Maldonado, yes Pastor Maldonado (I still can't get over that), leads the field around the Circuit de Catalunya for the formation lap.

  • If previous races are anything to go by, then it will be either a Lotus or a Williams that wins this race. Remember four different drivers from four different teams have won so far. Get to your bookie to put money on it. It is bound to happen.

  • Lotus for the win? Plenty of pundits believe one of Raikkonen and Grosjean will walk away with the victory this afternoon.

  • Anthem time as Spain's La Marcha Real or The Royal March rings out around the circuit.

  • Forecasts earlier in the week suggested that some rain was expected on race day, but it looks like we will have a dry one.

  • No sell-out crowd at the Circuit de Catalunya today. Only 80 000 people are expected at the 120 000 venue, according to some on Twitter. The economic situation in Spain is taking its toll.

  • Home town win? With Hamilton at the back of the grid, Vettel down in P8 and Jenson Button and Mark Webber P10 and P11 respectively many believe this will be Fernando Alonso's race. The Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen appear to be his biggest challengers.

  • The big surprise, besides the Hamilton's exclusion from qualifying, is the fact that Jenson Button and Mark Webber didn't make it into Q3. Button, of course, gets bumped into the top 10 following his team-mate's penalty while Webber starts in P11. Oh and Felipe Massa still hasn't made it into Q3 this year. The Ferrari driver is down in 16th position.

  • Here is the top 10 for you, just in case you didn't watch yesterday's qualifying or was living in a cage or something. Maldonado, Alonso, Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Kamui Kobayashi and Jenson Button.

  • PASTOR MALDONADO is on pole!!! Yes, I have to shout about that one. It's good to see Williams back at the front, but who saw that one coming? The season full of surprises just keeps on delivering. What next? An HRT in the top 10? Sorry, just got a bit ahead of myself there. Back to reality. It will be Maldonado and home town hero Fernando Alonso on the front row of the grid.

  • There is a massive change to today's grid since Saturday's qualifying as pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton was excluded from the qualifying results for failing to make it back to the pits with the required one litre of fuel for the FIA tests. The Brit will therefore start the grand prix from the very back of the grid.

  • Welcome to the Circuit de Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix, round five of the 2012 Formula One World Championship. All times are local.