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LIVE COMMENTARY: 2008 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - RACEDAY AT THE CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA
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As it happened: Raceday at the Circuit de Catalunya
By Geoff Creighton and Emlyn Hughes
The live commentary has ended. No further updates will be posted.
08:00 Good morning everyone, and welcome to autosport.com Live for raceday at the Circuit de Catalunya, as we tick down towards the fourth round in this year's FIA Formula One World Championship - the Telefonica Spanish Grand Prix.

Today we will be bringing you updates and news from the circuit in the build-up to the race, reviewing yesterday's exciting battle for pole position in qualifying, and the race itself with live text commentary later this afternoon.

08:02 We'd like to hear from you on the prospects for today's race.

Will it be a display of Raikkonen dominance from the front? How much fuel does local favorite Alonso have in that Renault? Can Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen in the McLarens do anything to make progress up the order against Kubica's BMW and Massa's Ferrari?

Click on the live forum link in the red bar at the bottom of your screen to join in.

08:18 It is a bright and sunny morning at the circuit with a gentle breeze.

The track action is already underway to entertain the crowd as they file in to the venue.

Today's first race was the second of the weekend for the new Forumula BMW Europe championship, a Forumula One-supporting amalgamation of the UK and German series.

Adrien Tambay, son of French hero Patrick, took both wins in Barcelona for the Eifelland Racing team.

Today's race was slightly less dramatic than Saturday's season-opener, which featured terrifying gravel trap barrel rolls for Michael Christensen and Facundo Regalia. Both were unhurt in the incidents.

08:25 Down on the grid, the GP2 cars are being lined up for their sprint race.

A large and enthusiastic crowd is already on hand, buoyed by Fernando Alonso's spectacular run to second on the grid in yesterday's qualifying.

08:31 Yesterday's qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix was in keeping with the rest of the weekend so far. A slow start to the session soon became filled with talking points.

Here is Matt Beer's report on the session:
Raikkonen snatches Spain pole from Alonso

08:52 A typically action-packed GP2 sprint race is currently entertaining the large crowd packed into the Circuit de Catalunya.

Romain Grosjean leads the race after 10 laps, 5.7 seconds ahead of Kamui Kobayashi. These two are in a class of their own today with third placed Sebastien Buemi already over 13 seconds behind Grosjean.

Conditions at the circuit remain pleasant in the mid-morning sunshine.

09:20 Kamui Kobayashi took victory in the GP2 Sunday morning sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Romain Grosjean had been leading comfortably until just a handful of laps to go in the race, when Giacomo Ricci spun and stalled in the middle of the track. The safety car was deployed while the car was removed.

The pack were released for a final sprint to the flag, but Grosjean had a moment at the slow final complex of corners and slid off the road as the field were coming to the restart. Grosjean rejoined the track still ahead of Kobayashi, and the pair diced wildly down the start-finish straight and into turn one.

Grosjean was quickly sanctioned by the stewards for aggressive driving after the restart, and he was brought into the pitlane for a drive-through penalty - handing victory to Japan's Kobayashi.

Sebastien Buemi finished in second place, with Giorgio Pantano third and Bruno Senna coming home fourth.
Kobayashi inherits sprint race win

09:38 The Porshe Supercup cars are now lining up on the grid for the last of today's support races.

09:53 Toyota driver Jarno Trulli is making the most out of a difficult weekend so far at the Spanish Grand Prix. Unhappy with balance issues and a lack of grip, the Italian still managed a solid eighth position in qualifying yesterday.

"It was a big battle out there, played on a few hundredths," stated the Italian. "Our car is a little bit in trouble on this track in this windy condition, it seems lacking of grip and balance. Nevertheless we manage to get into Q3, and eighth place is not a bad position. It was quite a difficult task today for everyone. And the car balance changed quite a lot through the corners, but we got used to it."

Looking towards the race, Trulli was realistic, and already preparing himself for a long afternoon's work.

"I think the race for us will be a little bit more difficult compared to what we showed in qualifying. During this weekend we never really shine, so I'm not so optimistic, but nevertheless things can change from one day to another, so I'm just looking forward to the race and see our real competitiveness tomorrow. Lets hope that we can again score some points."

10:16 It continues to be a warm and sunny morning at the circuit with no realistic chance of that changing during the day.

Jan Seyffarth has dominated the Porshe Supercup race in Barcelona, with a lights to flag victory for the Konrad Motorsport team.

The ever-consistent Jeroen Bleekemolen finished second, and he retains the championship lead having finished in the same position in all of the season's three rounds.

Martin Ragginger came home third after a spirited battle with young German Rene Rast, who took fifth at the line after losing out to Nicolas Armindo in the closing stages.

10:30 The Forumula One truck is now lined up on the grid for the traditional drivers' parade. The packed grandstands look poised to react on sight of their hero, Fernando Alonso.

10:37 The drivers' parade truck makes its way around the 2.89 mile circuit. The 22 drivers all wave happily to the crowd and the truck now comes up the hill through turns seven and eight towards Campsa corner, where the cheers are usually the loudest.

10:44 The truck driver takes to the old track round the outside at New Holland corner, saving him the job of making it through the new twisty section of track, which in turn gives the spectators a better view of the drivers.

The parade comes to an end and the drivers now return to their motorhomes to get ready for the race.

"It's very special - not only for me, but for the Formula One in general to have a Grand Prix like this. It is something very special for all the drivers the support and the passion that the Spanish people have now. I am very happy, very proud of my country."
Fernando Alonso, Renault

11:00 The passion is building at the Circuit de Catalunya as we get to within an hour to go before the race.

11:05 Niki Lauda said twenty years ago that when you win in Formula One you have 100 friends, if you are doing OK you have 50 friends, but that they only stay with you incase you win again, and when you don't win, you have no friends.

Yesterday afternoon, Renault boss Flavio Briatore knew just how it felt to be in demand again by the world's media, as they descended upon the Renault motorhome to speak with the flambuoyant Italian after qualifying.

Flavio was obviously happy with Fernando Alonso's front row effort, but the 58-year-old was keen to stress that his driver’s spectacular run wasn't just a one-off.

"I think so we are very competitive in Q2 as well, when everybody had the same fuel. We are competitive all weekend. Fernando done a super job and everybody thinks so in the team. I need to congratulate the team because the team was, in the last two months, working day and night to put everything together. I think everybody is pleased about that."

Other drivers were less than convinced about this view on Saturday afternoon.

"Fernando is in Spain and he's giving for sure 110 percent, but I think in the race we can beat him," said BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica.

"He's light for sure," stated Lewis Hamilton with a cheeky smile.

"We don't know if he has the car to follow us, we will see tomorrow. For sure they have improved but we wait and see in the race," said today's polesitter Kimi Raikkonen.

Nobody outside the Renault team knows just how much fuel Fernando Alonso has aboard for the first stint today. Clearly, the concencus is that the double World Champion is light. That may well be true, and he may drop down the order slightly as the race develops. But consider this: Alonso is playing to the home crowd today, will be quick and holding his own in the opening stint until he makes his first pitstop, and also he lost out to a Ferrari at the first corner of this race last year.

The openeing lap this afternoon promises to be very exciting.

11:15 With 15 minutes to go before the pit lane opens to release the cars, the mechanics and grid girls are beginning to assemble in front of the main grandstand.

11:30 Under cloudless skies and with a light breeze, the pit lane opens at the Circuit de Catalunya with 30 minutes to go before the formation lap.

11:30 Fernando Alonso is clear to leave the garage and the home hero rolls into the pitlane, and out onto the racetrack for his reconaissance lap to the grid.

11:33 The cars are making their way round the track towards the grid.

11:34 The softer of Bridgestone's two available compounds is proving popular for these reconnaissance laps.

11:34 Feliipe Massa and Takuma Sato are the only two drivers yet to leave the pitlane.

11:36 Rubens Barrichello comes back into the pitlane, drives through and goes round for another checking lap.

Jenson Button now does the same in the sister Honda.

11:36 Felipe Massa is the last of the front runners to head to the grid. The top ten in qualifying must try to save their race fuel, whereas the remainder of the field have the option of adding some extra fuel to allow them to make more than one lap to the grid.

11:39 Rubens Barrichello comes into the pitlane again, drives through, and goes for a third lap. The Brazilian is clearly checking something with his Honda.

Both Hondas go for a third lap around the track: Jenson Button in the pitlane and out again.

11:41 All 22 cars are now soaking up the heat of a sunny afternoon down on the grid.

"We take the advantage of not being in the top ten with fuel. No problems whatsoever."
Rubens Barrichello, Honda

11:44 The track temperature today is 38c, with 23c ambient. A relatively light breeze is blowing as a head wind up the main straight.

11:45 The pit lane is now closed with the formation lap just 15 minutes away.

11:46 Felipe Massa is shading under a umbrella to the side of the track. He is receiving instrauctions from his race engineer Rob Smedley.

11:50 The horn sounds on the grid to signal ten minutes to the off. Drivers are stepping aboard their cars.

"I'm sure they are both going to try and win the start, but we don't need to take any risks in the first corner, so hopefully he (Alonso) won't be close enough to do anything silly and we can have a nice clean start, and be in front."
Chris Dyer, Raikkonen's race engineer, Ferrari

11:52 Bernie Ecclestone is on the grid, leading round the VIP entourage, which is headed by Spain's King Juan Carlos.

11:55 Flavio Briatore and Ron Dennis are captured in conversation by the TV cameras.

11:55 King Juan Carlos arives at the front row of the grid, leans over to Fernando Alonso and warmly shakes his hand, wishing him luck for the race.

11:55 There are now five minutes to go until the formation lap.

11:57 The giant screens announce an attendance of 132,600 fervent fans at the Spanish Grand Prix.

11:58 Team radio at BMW.

On the grid Robert Kubica says he cannot hear his race engineer.

11:59 The engines begin to fire into life with one minute to go before the formation lap.

12:00 Almost all cars on the grid have chosen the soft tyre.

12:00 The formation lap for the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix begins. All cars leave the grid without problem.

12:00 Kimi Raikkonen leads the pack around the formation lap. They reach turn five.

12:01 Fernando Alonso is told on the radio that all of the top ten are on the softer option tyre.

12:01 The huge crowd at Campsa corner make plenty of noise as the field stream past them.

12:02 Raikkonen and Alonso lead the pack through the final complex of corners on the formation lap.

12:03 The five red lights go out and we're racing at the Circuit de Catalunya!

12:03 Kimi Raikkonen makes a good start and leads into turn one with teammate Massa slotting into second.

12:03 Raikkonen leads out of turn three from Massa, Alonso, Hamilton and Kubica.

12:04 Down the field we have a crash. Sebastian Vettel is involved.

12:04 The safety car has been deployed.

12:05 Adrian Sutil and Sebastian Vettel are out of the Grand Prix.

12:05 The Safety Car is out to clear the debris from Sutil's clash with Vettel.

12:06 Replay: Adrian Sutil sent a move up the inside of David Coulthard in turn four. The pair made light contact but Coulthard held the line. Sutil spun and collected the helpless Vettel.

12:06 The remaining 20 drivers continue to circulatre behind the safety car while the wreckage is cleared from the incident.

12:06 Replays show an aggressive getaway from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton as he diced right to the edge of the road with his team-mate and Robert Kubica.

12:07 The pits are now open.

12:08 Race control: Safety car in at end of this lap.

12:09 The safety car comes into the pitlane and we are racing once again.

12:09 Kimi Raikkonen gets a good restart and leads the field into turn one on lap four.

12:10 Kimi Raikkonen leads from team-mate Massa, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen and Nick Heidfeld.

12:10 Kimi Raikkonen is flying off the restart as he pulls a gap of 1.3 seconds with a lap of 1:23.594.

12:11 In the early stages of the race the field are sorting themselves out. No immediate battles down the order.

12:12 Massa, Alonso and Hamilton run nose to tail on the road as the Renault is under severe pressure from behind.

12:12 Replay: Nelson Piquet has slid off the road at turn five. The Brazilian takes a trip through the gravel trap and rejoins in 18th position.

12:14 Nelson Piquet in 18th is climbing all over the back of Sebatien Bourdais. This is the closest batle on the circuit at the moment.

12:15 The front runners begin to string out as Raikkonen pulls a two second lead on his team-mate.

Alonso verses Hamilton looks like the best chance of a fight, with Lewis just 0.7 of a second down on his great adversary.

12:16 Nelson Piquet's race hasn't lasted long.

Replay: Piquet made a move up the inside of Bourdais going into turn ten. The French Toro Rosso driver claimed the corner and the pair made contact.

Piquet is out of the race.

12:16 Sebastien Bourdais pits, and the suspension is damaged after the collision. Bourdais retires from the race.

12:17 Anthony Davidson is in the pits.

There is a mechanical problem with the car, and the unfortunate Brition retires from the race.

12:17 Heikki Kovalainen has the BMW of Robert Kubica to fight with this afternoon. The Finn will be hoping he has a bit more fuel than his rival so he can run longer at the first stop.

12:18 Nelson Piquet is still on his way back to the pits, and now receives a lift.

Meantime Giancarlo Fisichella and David Coulthard are battling over 14th position.

12:19 Alonso, Hamilton, Kubica and Kovalainen are all within range for a shake up at the pit stops, although trading places on the track sadly looks like a remote possibility on this circuit.

12:22 Nick Heidfeld is currently three seconds behind Kovalainen, followed by Mark Webber in the Red Bull.

12:23 Battles down the field:

Giancarlo Fisichella continues to hold off the attentions of David Coulthard, as the pair battle for 14th position. There is 0.9 seconds between them.

Jenson Button in 12th and has Kazuki Nakajima behind him. Nakajima closes to within one second of the Honda.

12:23 Meanwhile up front, Kimi Raikkonen is steaming off into the distance for Ferrari. He sets the fastest lap of the race on lap 13 with a 1:22.178.

12:24 Massa has now fallen 3.2 seconds behind his team-mate in second. Fernando Alonso is slowly dropping away from Massa and into the hands of Lewis Hamilton.

12:25 Down the field the battles are static. The Circuit de Catalunya is serving up the usual problem of a lack of overtaking . The drivers are struggling to get close in the dirty air.

12:26 Lewis Hamilton corrects oversteer in his McLaren with a deft flick of the wheel. He may be looking for some adjustments at the pit stop to help the handling, although clearing Fernando Alonso would help by giving him some clean air.

12:27 We are now 15 laps in to the Grand Prix and the Renault team are already preparing to stop Fernando Alonso.

12:28 David Coulthard is losing ground to Giancarlo Fisichella. The pair are fighting over 14th position and are now separated by 1.4 seconds.

12:28 Alonso pits for fresh soft tyres. Lewis Hamilton has an excellent chance to leap-frog the Renault if he has several more laps of fuel available.

Alonso re-joins 11th, behind Barrichello.

12:29 Kimi Raikkonen continues to set the pace with a 1:21.827 as the fastest time of the race on lap 17.

12:29 Fernando Alonso rejoins in 11th position and is 1.9 seconds behind Rubens Barrichello.

12:30 Lewis Hamilton has picked up his pace to try and clear Fernando Alonso. Lewis clocked a 1:22.194, almost matching the pace of Felipe Massa.

12:30 Anthony Davidson reports that he had to retire after collecting a load of stones and gravel on the first lap, which punctured a radiator.

12:31 Felipe Massa pits his Ferrari on lap 20, taking soft rubber.

12:32 Massa resumes behind Jarno Trulli in eighth.

12:32 Kimi Raikkonen brings his Ferrari down the pit lane one lap later than his team-mate.

12:33 World champion Raikkonen returns to the circuit with soft tyres on the Ferrari, easily ahead of team-mate Massa.

12:34 Lewis Hamilton leads the race but has yet to stop.

12:34 The lower half of the field go longer in this first stint of the race. The closest battle on the track is between Jenson Button and Kazuki Nakajima, who are one second apart and fighting for 12th place.

12:34 Lewis Hamilton pits with Robert Kubica right behind him. Hamilton must trundle all the way down the lane to McLaren's position.

12:35 Takuma Sato, Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber all pit this lap.

12:35 Hamilton keeps his advantage with a clean stop and the pair of them head out.

12:35 Heikki Kovalainen is off in a big way at the Campsa corner.

12:36 Heikki Kovalainen has crashed in the second sector of the lap. He is buried in the tyre barrier.

12:36 The safety car has been deployed.

12:37 Replay: Massive crash for Kovalainen. He lost the McLaren at high speed at Campsa corner and ploughed straight on into the tyre barrier.

12:37 Nico Rosberg pits his Williams just as the Safety Car was deployed. It is unclear if he was allowed to pit at that moment.

12:38 The safety car leads the pack through the scene of the accident. The safety crews are at the crash site and attending to Heikki Kovalainen.

12:38 The BMW mechanics are out in the pit lane and Nick Heidfeld may shortly run out of fuel while the pit lane is closed.

12:39 Working lap 24 now under safety car conditions. The safety car is struggling to pick up the leader of the race, who is Nick Heidfeld.

12:39 Team radio at Red Bull.

Mark Webber's race engineer tells him that this could be a long safety car, and that the medical car is at the scene.

12:40 Nick Heidfeld has pitted without the lane open. The BMW will be penalised under the current Safety Car rules.

12:41 The pits are now open.

12:41 Heikki Kovalainen's trainer and manager are making their way down to the medical centre.

Meantime at the scene of the accident the medical crews are still working.

12:42 Rubens Barrichello pits his Honda from sixth, as does Button, Nakajima, Fisichella, Coulthard and Glock all pit.

12:43 Nick Heidfeld asks on the radio to take his penalty quickly, but is told that he can not do so until we resume racing.

12:44 Incident: Rubens Barrichello rounds turn one with the nose of his Honda in bits. No replay as to what happened to Barrichello yet.

Rubens is making his way round the circuit slowly trying to sshake off the remains of the nose.

12:44 Replay: Barrichello's nose was ripped off in an incident in the pitlane when he came in to make his pitstop.

12:45 The nose finally comes off Barrichello's Honda in turn 14, and he makes it to the pitlane, where the Honda mechanics service him with a new front wing.

12:45 Kovalainen's McLaren is now being craned out of the gravel trap.

12:46 Heikki Kovalainen's car is now being recovered from Campsa corner.

Replay: We can see Heikki give the thumbs up to the crowd. He is concious and moving.

12:47 The nose box has been sheered off the McLaren after a massive impact with the tyre barrier.

12:47 Replay: On board showing what happened to Heikki Kovalainen. He approaches Campsa, a fast right hander which is taken at arouund 130 mph, and entering the corner the front left wheel exploded. The McLaren instantly understeered off the road rendering the driver no chance of controlling the car.

12:48 The safety car comes into the pitlane and we are racing once again.

12:49 Raikkonen leads from Massa, Hamilton, Kubica, Heidfeld, Alonso, Webber and Trulli.

12:49 Kazuki Nakajima would appear to be one of the main beneficiaries of the safety car. Battling with Jenson Button before the stops he is now in tenth position with Button down in 13th.

12:50 Nick Heidfeld will fall down the order when he takes a penalty for pitting under closed conditions behind the safety car.

12:51 Takuma Sato is another who made great use of the safety car intervention. The Japanese driver in the Super Aguri - the team that nearly never made it to Barcelona - is in 11th place.

12:51 Heidfeld has been handed his 10 second stop/go penalty by the stewards.

12:52 McLaren report that Heikki Kovalainen's condition is concious and stable.

12:53 Lewis Hamilton has a chance of fighting with the Ferrari of Massa, as the closing of the pack behind the safety car plays in the McLaren driver's favour.

Hamilton is just a second behind Massa and pitted later than the Ferrari at the first stop.

12:54 Lap 32 and we have a big battle developing down the field. Takuma Sato in 11th is holding off a group of cars. Fisichella, Button, Coulthard, Glock and Barrichello are 12th-16th and all closing up.

There could potentially be a five car train at the back of the field soon.

12:55 Kimi Raikkonen is now rebuilding his lead as he shows the field how to lap Barcelona this afternoon. The Finn leads by 2.1 seconds.

12:55 Takuma Sato is fighting as hard as he can, and setting personal best sector times in an effort to stay ahead of the chasing pack behind him.

12:56 Fernando Alonso moves up to fifth as Nick Heidfeld pits for an unlucky penalty as a result of the unpopular safety car regulations.

12:57 Heidfeld resumes in 16th and last position in a cruel blow to his previously consistent championship campaign.

12:57 Sato 1:24.837
Fisichella1:25.091

The Japanese driver is pulling away from the pack behind him. Amazing series of laps by Sato who is doing very well in 11th place, which now becomes 10th position as Heidfeld rejoined after his penalty.

12:58 Alonso is slowing in the Renault on lap 35. He is out of the race with steam and flames from the car.

12:58 It's a bitter disappointment for the Spanish hero after a dogged drive this weekend. He is applauded by his loyal fans.

12:59 The Alonso retirement promotes Takuma Sato up into ninth place. The Super Aguri driver is only 3.8 seconds away from the points.

13:01 Kimi Raikkonen continues to lead as Fernando Alonso is thanking the fans near the site of his retirement for their fervent support.

13:01 Recently retired Fernando Alonso makes a fabulous gesture to his army of fans by walking up the grass bank to wave very closely to them. The crowd goes wild in appreciation for his efforts this weekend.

13:02 Renault have confirmed that Alonso's engine has expired to put him out of the Spanish Grand Prix. His motor had previously powered him in Bahrain.

13:03 Takuma Sato and Giancarlo Fisichella are so evenly matched in this stint of the race that they both set a 1:24.716 on the last lap. Sato is now just under a second in front of the Force India driver, and remains in ninth place.

13:04 Takuma Sato pits at the end of lap 38 but the stop is agonisingly slow, 15.1 seconds before the Super Aguri moves again, having taken on fuel and tyres.

13:04 Hamilton's challenge on Massa for second has not materialised and he is falling away from the Ferrari. Lewis actually now has the BMW of Kubica homing in on his gearbox.

13:05 Kimi Raikkonen leads by 3.6 seconds after completing 40 laps in Spain.

13:06 Team radio at Super Aguri.

Takuma Sato's race engineer tells him that if he keeps pushing he can beat Fisichella and Button.

Sato rejoined in 14th and is last of the remaining runners.

13:07 Nico Rosberg has suffered a smoky demise on the pit straight. The Williams has fallen out of the race from seventh.

13:08 Out of the race so far are: Vettel, Sutil, Piquet, Bourdais, Davidson, Kovalainen, Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, and most recently as you've heard Nico Rosberg.

13:08 Smoke is pouring from the stricken Williams after an apparent engine failure.

13:10 Team radio at Force India.

Giancarlo Fisichella's race engineer tells him to push as hard as he can.

The Italian has now moved into eighth position after Sato's pitstop and the retuirement of Nico Rosberg.

13:11 Reports are emerging from the medical centre that Heikki Kovalainen has no significant injuries from his horrific crash, although he may be taken to hospital for further examination.

13:12 Takuma Sato slowed down dramatically on the last lap, a 1:28 lap which has severely dented his chances of fighting with Fisichella and Button.

13:12 Giancarlo Fisichella pits from eighth place and ls away after 8.9 seconds.

13:12 Felipe Massa has set the fastest lap of the race in 1:21.801 as he is dropping third-placed Lewis Hamilton just before the second stops.

13:13 Nick Heidfeld pits from 11th, and emerges with hard tyres on his BMW Sauber.

13:14 Felipe Massa pits on lap 47, taking the harder tyre.

Mark Webber and Trulli pit from fifth and sixth.

13:14 It is a slow stop from the Toyota team, and Trulli has fallen away from Webber.

13:15 Leader Kimi Raikkonen pits his Ferrari for hard tyres as Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica also pit nose to tail.

13:16 Raikkonen does clear Massa to resume the lead, as Hamilton and Kubica re-join with the order unchanged.

The top four remain fairly close for the final stint.

13:16 Jarno Trulli emerges in tenth place after that slow stop.

"I'm very happy because we saw Massa stopping two laps after me, so the qualifying performance was good. The team will keep working and we've found a good direction to go. Step by step we can get there."
Fernando Alonso, Renault

13:19 On lap 49, the leaders have made their final stops. Raikkonen is 1.9 seconds ahead of Massa, with Lewis Hamilton three seconds further back.

13:19 The medical helicopter takes off carrying Heikki Kovalainen and is bound for a Barcelona hospital. The McLaren team say that he is talking, concious and stable after his frightning crash at Campsa earlier in the race.

13:21 Nick Heidfeld's attempt to climb back up through the field has brought him up to Fisichella, who is in 11th place. The pair are battling hard on the circuit.

13:21 McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh suggests that early indications show something may have caused the wheel rim to fail on Kovalainen's McLaren - perhaps a trapped stone that wore a hole in the rim.

13:22 Kazuki Nakajima pits from what was sixth position and rejoins the fray.

13:23 David Coulthard pits from seventh place and will resume the fight for the final point this afternoon.

13:24 Jenson Button has stopped only once in the Spanish Grand Prix, during the Kovalainen safety car.

He lies fifth and would be on for a surprise result if the team have filled him to the finish at that stop.

13:24 Nick Heidfeld moves out from Giancarlo Fisichella's slipstream and has a look into turn one. It wasn't a serious overtaking attempt. The German was just having a look to see if a move will be possible down into the medium speed right hander.

13:25 David Coulthard has a puncture after a spectacular dice with Timo Glock.

13:26 David Coulthard emerged from his pitstop with Timo Glock all over him. Glock tries a move up the inside of the Red Bull driver going into turn five ... the pair make contact and both have damage.

Coulthard's chances of scoring points this afternoon are in tatters - he has a left rear puncture.

13:26 Jenson Button did have to pit again and has done so. He resumes an impressive sixth in the Honda.

13:26 Meantime Glock has to pit for a new nosecone, and rejoins the race.

13:27 With ten laps to go in Spain it is Raikkonen from Massa, Hamilton, Kubica, Webber, Button, Nakajima and Trulli.

13:28 Nick Heidfeld passes Giancarlo Fisichella at turn one for ninth position. A very good move round the outside of the Force India car.

Fisichella was right to protect the inside, but Heidfeld was able to brake later and claim track position.

Replays show that Fisichella had a moment coming onto the main straight, which allowed Heidfeld the chance to pass.

13:28 David Coulthard has pitted to change his left rear puncture. He rejoins the action and is now last of the remaining runners, in 13th position.

13:30 David Coulthard is now charging up towards the Super Aguri of Takuma Sato, to the tune of two seconds per lap. The gap between the pair is 7.6 seconds.

13:31 Race control: Incident involving cars 9 and 12 will be investigated after the race.

The Coulthard versus Glock incident from a few laps ago.

13:31 The gaps remain static in the top five as only reliability problems would seem able to change the order in the closing laps.

13:32 David Coulthard continues to close on 12th placed Takuma Sato. The gap is now 3.4 seconds.

13:32 Coulthard took just under three seconds out of Sato on the last lap and is now on the tail of the Super Aguri.

13:34 David Coulthard tries to pass Sato at turn 10 round the outside but cannot make the move stick. Sato defends his line well and holds the Red Bull at bay.

13:34 Lewis Hamilton seems to have some fight left in him and is not allowing the Ferraris to snooze at the conclusion. He is only 1.5 seconds behind Massa as they trade tenths in the lap times.

13:35 The gap between Sato and Coulthard was 0.2 seconds over the line the last time round. David continues to crawl all over the Japanese driver.

13:35 Five laps to go and Coulthard shapes up for another move on Sato into turn one, but again Sato defends well with some late braking and holds onto 12th.

13:37 David Coulthard slips past the Super Aguri entering turn ten. Takuma gives the British driver racing room, fair play and good racing between both drivers. Coulthard now 12th, Sato 13th.

13:37 Three laps to go in Spain as Kimi Raikkonen looks set for his second win of the season to extend his championship lead.

13:40 Into the final lap for Kimi Raikkonen.

13:41 Kimi Raikkonen has put in a perfect drive this afternoon. Pole on Saturday is converted into a win on Sunday. Raikkonen rounds the final corner, he can coast from here, and Kimi Raikkonen crosses the line to win the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix!

13:41 Massa takes a solid second place for Ferrari. Hamilton's McLaren comes in a fighting third to get the Briton's season back on track.

Robert Kubica takes a well-deserved fourth for BMW.

13:42 Mark Webber, after all the hard luck stories gets a great result with a fifth place finish for Red Bull.

13:43 Jenson Button brings his car home in sixth position after a gritty drive in the early stages when he was embroiled in midfield battles.

13:44 Kazuki Nakajima may have lost out to Button over the race distance, but the Japanese driver comes home seventh and nets two poiints for Williams.

13:44 ...and Jarno Trulli, who was aiming for points before the race, achieves his target and scores the final point in eighth.

13:45 As Kimi Raikkonen brings the winning Ferrari in to parc ferme, we continue to analyse what was the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix.

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13:46 Raikkonen, Massa and Hamilton congratulate each other as they are weighed in the FIA area.

13:48 The podium trio emerge to congratulatory noise from the crowd as the Finnish national anthem rings out in Spain.

13:48 The Italian national anthem is played for Ferrari's third win of the season.

"All the symptoms are that a stone got between the brake caliper and the wheel rim. It could be something on the suspension, but it's not a problem that we've had before, and the wheel was tight. So possibly, possibly a stone. We'll know when we get the parts back."
Ron Dennis, McLaren

13:50 Raikkonen, sporting a short haircut, accepts the applause and his trophy.

13:51 Ferrari's Massa holds his award aloft, before Lewis Hamilton waves to thank his team and takes his prize.

13:53 Massa's race engineer Rob Smedley takes a big swig of the champagne as the team celebrate a one-two finish.

13:54 Heikki Kovalainen's battered McLaren now arrives back in the pitlane, and is being pushed back to the garage by four of the team mechanics, where it will undergo careful analysis.

13:54 Here is autosport.com's report on the race and classification:
Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in Spain

"He drove a fantastic race. Not to be forgotten the lap he did yesterday. We lost a little bit of time in the safety car, and traffic in the pitlane. The car is working well, the team is working well. We have to make sure we get these good results when the car is good."
Chris Dyer, Raikkonen's race engineer, Ferrari

13:59 So Kimi Raikkonen takes the win and is beginning to take control of the championship, on another excellent team day for Ferrari.

Further news and reaction to today's race will come throughout the rest of the day here on autosport.com.

This was the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix weekend on autosport.com Live. We hope you have enjoyed the coverage throughout the weekend, and we'll do it again in two weeks' time for the fifth round of the championship - the Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix.

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