Lewis Hamilton was the big loser as Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya hosted the Spanish grand prix on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton was the big loser as Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya hosted the Spanish grand prix on Sunday.

The McLaren driver was running second behind dominant winner Mark Webber when a tyre failure pitched him into the barrier on the penultimate lap.

It means he is now just seventh in the drivers' championship, 21 points behind his teammate and title leader Jenson Button, who had a bad race in Spain stuck behind Michael Schumacher.

If Hamilton's tyre had held on for another two laps, the Briton would now be just three points off the lead.

"It could have been (caused by) debris caught in the rim," McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh speculated.

Webber aside, the big winner on Sunday was the local hero Fernando Alonso, who not only benefitted from Hamilton's failure but also Sebastian Vettel's brake problem.

Alonso is just 3 points behind championship leader Button, with Vettel and Webber driving a dominant car but just third and fourth respectively in the standings.

"Overall the weekend has been so-so for us but in terms of results it's fantastic," said Ferrari's Alonso.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 66 1:35:44.101 1 25
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 66 +24.0 secs 4 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 66 +51.3 secs 2 15
4 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 66 +62.1 secs 6 12
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 66 +63.7 secs 5 10
6 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 66 +65.7 secs 9 8
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 66 +72.9 secs 11 6
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 66 +73.6 secs 7 4
9 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 17 2
10 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 15 1
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 65 +1 Lap 19  
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 10  
13 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 65 +1 Lap 8  
14 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 64 Accident 3  
15 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 64 Technical 16  
16 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 64 +2 Laps 13  
17 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 63 +3 Laps 18  
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 63 +3 Laps 22  
19 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 62 +4 Laps 23  
Ret 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 42 Hydraulics 14  
Ret 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 27 +39 Laps 24  
Ret 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 18 Puncture damage 12  
Ret 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 0 Accident 21  
Ret 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 0 Gearbox 20  

 

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