Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the European Grand Prix on Sunday,dominating from pole,while team mate Mark Webber survived a spectacular crash. It was Vettels second win of the season,completing the 57 laps of the Valencia street circuit ahead of McLarens Lewis Hamilton in second.
Its good to get a lot of points,its good for the championship and Im very pleased with today. The guys can be extremely proud, Vettel said. Jenson Button was third for McLaren.
Webber crashes out
Webber emerged unhurt after a collision with Heikki Kovalainens Lotus flipped his car. The most important fact is that Mark is fine, Vettel said. On days like this you get reminded that still the speeds are extremely high and,if something goes wrong,it can go terribly wrong so I think the most important thing is that hes fine.
It was Hamiltons third second-place finish in Valencia as he overcame a drive-through penalty for overtaking the safety car. Hamilton leads the overall standings with 127 points,ahead of world champion Button on 121. Vettel jumps two places to third on 115. The result consolidates McLarens lead at the top of the constructors championship with 248 points,ahead of Red Bull on 218. Its very,very positive to be leading both championships,for myself and Jenson, Hamilton said. The results clearly show the effort that weve been putting in. Its great that were now getting the results that we deserved.
Hamilton had warned it could be a spectacular race and the forecast looked correct as he touched Vettels car while making an early bid to pass the German. Vettel held firm and Ferraris Alonso and Felipe Massa tucked in behind Hamilton in third and fourth. We touched for a moment,I broke my front wing,so I was very fortunate to be able to keep up the pace, Hamilton said.
Webbers race ended on lap nine after he crashed into the back of Kovalainen while trying to work his way up the field. The Red Bull was sent somersaulting through the air before landing and crashing into the street circuits tire barrier at high speed. The front section of the car came away and there was substantial damage to the Lotus,although the driver stepped out of the car unhurt. Kovalainen also retired unhurt from the race due to the damage to his car. The safety car was called out before the race resumed.
Vettel was comfortably in the lead,with Hamilton trying to close the gap. With Kamui Kobayashi over 10 seconds behind by lap 21,the rest of the field was bunched up behind,leaving Vettel and Hamilton to battle it out. Despite a drive-through penalty for overtaking the safety car,Hamilton held on to second place after the obligatory pit stop.
Manipulated race: Alonso
Ferraris Fernando Alonso was unhappy with the race,calling it manipulated after slippng to ninth place following the introduction of a safety car. Alonso was third before the safety car came on.
Lewis Hamilton was handed a drive-through sanction for overtaking the safety car and still managed to hold onto second place. Unfortunately everything goes against us and it seems they are allowing everything, said Alonso,who is currently fifth in standings with 96 points.
This race was to finish second, Alonso said. Then with the safety car I would have finished where I finished in ninth,and Hamilton in eighth. But here,when you do the normal thing,which is respecting the rules,you finish ninth,and the one who doesnt respect them finishes second, he said.