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F1 European GP Race Result

Alonso wins the European GP

Valencia played host to the European Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel started from pole position in round eight of the Formula 1 World Championship.

On the Spanish street circuit it was the German that left the rest of the grid in his wake as he opened up nearly a two second gap by the end of the first lap. With a track temperature of 45C, he was lapping two seconds faster than the following Lewis Hamilton who was battling with Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi.

Meanwhile the other Red Bull of Mark Webber was continuing his disastrous weekend and after qualifying in 19th, had only moved up a few places. Jenson Button dropped down to 13th at the start, but eventually passed Michael Schumacher and started to hunt down the German’s team mate, Nico Rosberg for 11th position.

Lap 10 saw Frenchman Grosjean finally get past Hamilton at Turn 12 as Vettel opened up over a 10 second lead.

Kimi Raikkonen in the other Lotus was having a good battle with Pastor Maldonado and sticking his car on the outside at Turn 13, he refused to lift and going into Turn 14 was in the perfect position to get past the Venezuelan.

After the first round of pitstops, Vettel on soft tyres regained his lead with Paul Di Resta over 16 seconds behind in 2nd, having not stopped. Grosjean was back down to 3rd, but Fernando Alonso was on a flyer and on lap 18 got past Webber, then around the outside of Bruno Senna at Turn 12 before hunting down Schumacher for 6th.

Senna then got tapped by Kobyashi, spinning him off the circuit and luckily avoiding the walls to head back to the pits with a rear puncture. Unfortunately the Brazilian also picked up a drive-through penalty for causing a collision.

Lap 25 saw Vettel maintaining his 20-second lead over Grosjean and Hamilton. But then an incident between Jean-Eric Vergne and Heikki Kovalainen, which caused punctures for both drivers, brought out the safety car because of debris on the track. Lap 29 saw drivers heading into the pits and Hamilton had another disastrous pitstop with front jack issues helping Alonso to take advantage.

With racing again on lap 34 it was Alonso that got the jump on second placed Grosjean and made a beautiful pass on the Frenchman into Turn Two. Massa then got a puncture after being driven into by Kobayashi to bring out a yellow flag.

The drama of Valencia continued as leader from the start, Vettel, slowed to a stop as the crowd cheered to see Alonso lead the race on lap 35.

Hamilton, despite getting up to 3rd, was then under investigation for over-taking under yellow flags. But with under two seconds covering the top three, would there be an eighth different winner of the season?

On lap 41 Grosjean had an alternator failure on his Lotus-Renault, putting an end to his possible victory in Valencia and giving Alonso a 3.753 second advantage over Hamilton. With Raikkonen looking to take the final step of the podium, there was also a big possibility that leader Alonso would have to pit again.

Another yellow flag on lap 48 saw a possible finish in the top 10 for the Caterham of Vitaly Petrov come to nothing, as contact with Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo left him needing a front wing after launching the Australian into the air.

With two laps remaining, Raikkonen took advantage of a Hamilton error and got past for 2nd, while the McLaren driver then had to hold off Maldonado. Struggling with his rear tyres Hamilton came off worse, and t-boned by the Williams driver ended up in the wall.

Fernando Alonso won eventful European Grand Prix, as two more former champions, Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher joined him on the podium.

Fernando Alonso
Kimi Raikkonen
Michael Schumacher
Mark Webber
Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Rosberg
Paul Di Resta
Jenson Button
Sergio Perez
Pastor Maldonado
Bruno Senna
Daniel Ricciardo
Vitaly Petrov
Heikki Kovalainen
Charles Pic
Felipe Massa
Pedro de la Rosa
Narain Karthikeyan