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Alonso wins F1 race in Spain

Fernando Alonso of Spain, flanked by his parents, enjoys his second victory at his home race.

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Fernando Alonso of Spain, flanked by his parents, enjoys his second victory at his home race.

BARCELONA, Spain — Fernando Alonso gave the home fans exactly the kind of daring and dominant drive they came to see. Keeping them celebrating at the end of the season might be a bit more difficult.

Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix with a commanding drive Sunday, but said Ferrari still needs more pace to beat three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel in the race for the Formula One title.

Alonso was fifth on the grid but used an aggressive start to take control and beat Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus by nearly 10 seconds, with teammate Felipe Massa 26 seconds behind. Vettel, of Red Bull, was 38.2 seconds back in fourth. Alonso is third in points, 17 behind Vettel and 13 behind Raikkonen.

"Last year we didn't win (the championship). We were one second off (the pace), but we managed to fight until the Brazil race," said Alonso, a two-time series champion who also won his home race for the second time. "This year we have a package that is still not the fastest but we are working on it."

The race was once again heavily affected by Pirelli's fast-degrading tires, which forced teams into four pit stops when they had planned for three.

IndyCar: Rookie Carlos Munoz had the fastest practice lap for the Indianapolis 500 with a lap of 223.023 mph on a cold, windy day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti Autosport claimed four of the top six spots on the 2.5-mile oval, where qualifying takes place next weekend for the May 26 race.

.Fast facts

Sprint Cup points

After 11 of 36 races. The top 10 in points plus two wild cards after 26 races make the Chase for the Championship.

Driver Pts. Back

Jimmie Johnson 423—

Carl Edwards 379 44

Matt Kenseth 364 59

D. Earnhardt Jr. 359 64

Clint Bowyer 349 74

Kasey Kahne 326 97

Brad Keselowski 326 97

Kyle Busch 325 98

Aric Almirola 317 106

Kevin Harvick 315 108

Up next: Sprint All-Star Race, Charlotte, 7:30 Saturday, Speed

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