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Sebastian Vettel takes a hard-fought victory in the Spanish Grand Prix // Mark Webber loses out on a win, with Vettel picking up his fourth

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Sebastian Vettel takes a hard-fought victory in the Spanish Grand Prix
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Hello and welcome to F1Minute, it’s the 22nd May 2011.

Mark Webber’s pole position was all for naught as the Spanish Grand Prix played out today, and teammate Sebastian Vettel secured his fourth win of five races. He was joined on the podium by McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, whilst Webber was left in fourth.

The Australian made a poor start to the race, overtaken by both Vettel and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, although Alonso couldn’t keep up the pace. Jenson Button had a worse start, though, falling to tenth on the first lap. Some good strategy calls helped him back up to the podium.

Further down the order, Nick Heidfeld made it into the top ten after starting last on the grid, whilst Sauber’s Sergio Pérez picked up his first points of the year. Williams endured another tough day, with Maldonado falling out of the top ten, and Barrichello unable to improve on his poor qualifying performance.

Tonio Liuzzi retired early on, Heikki Kovalainen crashed out in the barriers and Felipe Massa pulled off track with a mechanical issue. All bar four of the drivers were lapped.