AUSTRALIAN MARK WEBBER took his third Formula 1 victory over the weekend, leading from pole to flag as teammate Sebastian Vettel finished third behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was the big loser for the day, running second behind the dominant Webber when a tyre failure pitched him into the barrier on the penultimate lap.
It means he is now just seventh in the drivers' championship, 21 points behind his teammate and title leader Jenson Button, who had a bad race in Spain stuck behind Michael Schumacher. If Hamilton's tyre had held on for another two laps, the Briton would now be just three points off the lead.
The 2010 F1 Championship stands with Jenson Button leading, followed by Alonso in second and Vettel in third. Webber, with one victory to his name this year, is seventh.
"I'm absolutely rapt," Webber told the BBC after the race. "We knew it was a long run to the first corner here."
"It was a very important part of the race to get out of Turn One still in the lead, it was pretty tight, and then just settle into a rhythm. We just controlled the gap really."
Webber aside, the big winner on Sunday was the local hero Fernando Alonso, who not only benefitted from Hamilton's failure but also Sebastian Vettel's brake problem.
Alonso is just 3 points behind championship leader Button, with Vettel and Webber driving a dominant car but just third and fourth respectively in the standings.
"Overall the weekend has been so-so for us but in terms of results it's fantastic," said Ferrari's Alonso.
Mercedes 'Nowhere' Despite Spain Updates: Rosberg
Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes has made a backwards step with its updated car.
Although his teammate Michael Schumacher was faster than Rosberg all weekend in Spain, the seven time world champion was still a minute behind the winner at the chequered flag -- as he had been in China three weeks ago.
Rosberg, meanwhile, was a lap down, despite finishing twice on the podium in the first four races of 2010.
"Something is not quite right on the car," German reports quote the 24-year-old as saying after the Barcelona race.
"In the last race I was able to fight with Red Bull, now we're nowhere," lamented Rosberg. "We were very slow this weekend, especially me."
Meanwhile, although Lewis Hamilton ended his race in the barriers with a burst tyre, the McLaren driver was happy to have been outpaced on Sunday only by winner Mark Webber.
"It was nice to take a step forward and split the Red Bulls," said the 2008 world champion.