What a race the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Barcelona turned out to be. After the drama of Hamilton being demoted from pole position to last on the grid due to a lack of fuel on board after the qualifying, the race started with Pastor Maldonado, driving for Williams, in pole position. A novelty for F1 and for him. At the start Ferrari driver and Spain’s Great Hope, Fernando Alonso took the lead, but after 66 laps it was that same Maldonado who crossed the finish line in first place. What a season this is turning out to be and it is off to Monaco next. [35 photos total]

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain takes pictures of himself and his fans on the pit line ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at Montmelo race track near Barcelona (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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McLaren Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton poses with fans on the pit line ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at Montmelo race track near Barcelona (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean stands in his team's garage during the first practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Raikkonen drives during the first practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Toro Rosso Formula One driver Ricciardo drives in front of Red Bull's Webber during the first practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso talks to a crew member in his team's garage during the first practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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People watch as McLaren Formula One driver Button drives during the second practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Marussia Formula One driver Pic of France drives during the second practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Caterham Formula One driver Kovalainen drives during the second practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Button performs a pit stop during the second practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Button enters the pit lane during the second practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel looks at a monitor before the third practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean drives during the qualifying session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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HRT Formula One driver de la Rosa drives during the qualifying session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives during the qualifying session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton waves after taking pole position next to second qualified Williams' Maldonado and third qualified Ferrari's Alonso after the qualifying session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Grid girls stand in the paddock area during the qualifying session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso leads next to Williams Formula One driver Maldonado at the start of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso leads during the first lap of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso leads during the first lap of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Maldonado drives ahead of Lotus F1 Formula One driver Raikkonen during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives ahead of Williams Formula One driver Maldonado during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher and Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean collide during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher and Williams Formula One driver Senna drive out of the track after colliding during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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The car of Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher is removed after colliding during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean brakes in front of Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton drives followed by Marussia and HRT cars during the first lap of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Maldonado drives ahead of Lotus F1 Formula One driver Raikkonen during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Maldonado drives after winning the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Maldonado celebrates after crossing the finish line during Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Maldonado celebrates winning the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Maldonado celebrates winning the Spanish F1 Grand Prix during the podium ceremony at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Maldonado celebrates winning the Spanish F1 Grand Prix during the podium ceremony at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Maldonado is sprayed with champagne by Lotus' Raikkonen as he celebrates winning the Spanish F1 Grand Prix during the podium ceremony at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso and Lotus' Raikkonen lift up Williams Formula One driver Maldonado after he won the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #

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