BARCELONA (AP) - Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix in front of his jubilant home fans on Sunday to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and get right back in the Formula One title race.
Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second for the third straight race, with Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa in third spot as most drivers chose a four-stop strategy due to ongoing problem with Pirelli's fast-degrading tyres. That issue remains a big concern as tyres still shred far too easily despite pre-race modifications.
Staring from fifth place, Alonso won his second race this season, showing that Ferrari can challenge Red Bull for pure speed.
Alonso was easily quicker than Vettel, with the three-time defending champion finishing fourth, ahead of team-mate Mark Webber.