Formula1 FanCast’s Manish Patel and Scratch Radio’s Paul Hadsley reflect on the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix for Formula1 FanCast.

Sebastian Vettel might have made it four wins out of five this season but the German was certainly made to work hard for his latest victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The 2010 World Champion was under constant pressure from Lewis Hamilton in the final stint of the race but Vettel managed to keep the Brit behind him to take his fourth win of the season.

Seb’s team-mate Mark Webber came home in fourth despite qualifying on pole on Saturday. Lewis put in a sterling performance to finish second and Jenson Button after a poor start to the race made his three stop strategy work and finish third.

Home favourite Fernando Alonso finished the race fifth for Ferrari but the Spaniard made a flying start to the race and gave the home fans something to cheer about. But Alonso was unable to stay out at the front for the rest of the race and the two times World Champion finished behind both Red Bull and McLaren drivers.

Mercedes had both of their drivers finishing in the points with Michael Schumacher finishing the race sixth ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg who finished seventh. It proved to be a better weekend for Schumacher and beating his team-mate will do his confidence the world of good.

Sauber are another team who appear to be making progress with Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi ending the race in ninth and tenth. Perez scored his first Formula One points and Sauber could be a team to keep an eye out for the rest of the season.

One team who have had a difficult start to 2011 are Williams. Both Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello finished outside the points yet again despite Maldonado qualifying in the top ten. Should Williams have kept hold onto Nico Hulkenburg?

After scoring points in the opening two races, Force India have failed to score points since and Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished Sunday’s race 12th and 13th. Paul once again finished the race ahead of his more experienced team-mate Adrian Sutil.

Team Lotus are making considerable progress and Heikki Kovalainen managed to outqualify both Force India’s. Even though Heikki retired from the race and Jarno Trulli finished lower down the order, Team Lotus will take encouragement from Heikki’s performance in qualifying.

At Virgin, Jerome d’Ambrosio also appears to be getting the better of his more experienced team-mate Timo Glock. Virgin’s aim at the start of the season was to get closer to Team Lotus and the other midfield teams but 2011 has been a struggle for Virgin.

And finally despite early season problems on and off the track, Hispania appear to have recovered the situation. HRT in recent times have been outperforming Virgin so there are signs Hispania are improving.

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