As has often been the case this year, the tires played a big part in the outcome of this Grand Prix. The Pirelli’s lasted well on some cars, but got ripped to shreds on others. The Mercedes cars, for example, know how to utilize the tires to maximum effect during qualifying, which resulted in them being on the front row of the grid. However, during the race the Mercs kept dropping back while the Ferraris, Lotus Renaults and Red Bulls came steaming by. In the end it was Fernando Alonso who got to raise his home flag for the win.

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

McLaren F1 mechanic places Pirellis's tyres in the paddock ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari F1 driver Felipe Massa of Brazil touches his eye in the paddock ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mechanic pushes a trolley with Pirelli tyres in the paddock ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 driver Webber examines his car during the first free training session at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 driver Vettel looks at a paper during the first free training session at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso of Spain sits in his box during the first free training session at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 driver Vettel drives during the first free training session at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari F1 driver Alonso drives during the first free training session at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

McLaren F1 driver Button of Britain drives during the first practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 driver Rosberg of Germany drives during the first practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 driver Webber and Ferrari driver Alonso stop in the pitlane during the first practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari F1 driver Alonso drives during the second practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo,. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 driver Webber drives during a practice session at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

McLaren F1 driver Perez of Mexico drives during the second practice session during the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari F1 driver Alonso of Spain during the second practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 driver Vettel drives during a practice session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 driver Rosberg drives during the qualifying session at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 driver Hamilton is pushed by his crew during the qualifying session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

A view from behind a board shows Ferrari F1 driver Alonso driving during the qualifying session at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Formula One supremo Ecclestone looks on at a paddock before the qualifying session at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain drives during the qualifying session at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg of Germany is followed by his compatriot Red Bull driver Vettel during the third practice session during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 driver Rosberg gives a thumbs-up next to team mate Hamilton after the qualifying session at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 driver Rosberg celebrates his pole position after the qualifying session of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany leads next to team mate Lewis Hamilton of Britain at the start of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg leads going into the first curve in the first lap during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany leads the race ahead of compatriot Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel during the first lap of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany leads the race ahead of compatriot Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel during the first lap of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany leads the race ahead of compatriot Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel during the first lap of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain races during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives ahead of Mercedes driver Hamilton in the first lap during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain makes a pit stop during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the race during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso overtakes Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain performs a pit stop during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

A Ferrari team member shows the pit board to Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain gestures as he wins the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain carries his national flag after winning the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates with his national flag after winning the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates on the podium after his victory in the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

The Ferrari Formula One team pose for photographers with their trophies after drivers Fernando Alonso of Spain and Felipe Massa of Brazil won first and third place respectively in the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2013: Spanish Grand Prix

The Ferrari Formula One team pose for photographers with their trophies after drivers Fernando Alonso of Spain and Felipe Massa of Brazil won first and third place respectively in the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. GUSTAU NACARINO/REUTERS