• BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 13: Fernando Alonso (L) of Spain and Ferrari takes the lead from Pastor Maldonado (R) of Venezuela and Williams into the first corner at the start of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver, Fernando Alonso, from Spain, bottom right, leads the pack during Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona, Sunday May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Sebastian Vettel, from Germany, drives his Red Bull car during the Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
  • Race track stewards remove the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher, from Germany, during the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona, Sunday May 13, 2012.AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives during qualifying for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 13: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Williams drives on his way to winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 13: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Williams crosses the finishing line to win the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Williams Formula One driver, Pastor Maldonado, from Venezuela, drivers his car and celebrates beside his team mechanics after winning the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona, Sunday May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 13: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Williams celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 13: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Williams celebrates after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
  • Williams Formula One driver, Pastor Maldonado, from Venezuela, celebrates after winning the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona, Sunday May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • Williams Formula One driver, Pastor Maldonado, from Venezuela, center, is holds up by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso from Spain, left, and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, from Finland, right, after winning the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona, Sunday May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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