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F1: Vettel won the European Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel won the European Grand Prix (Valencia, Spain) in Formula 1 2011 season, his sixth win of the season, while Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber completed the podium.

Valencia Street Circuit complied with its negative reputation and didn’t provide the show from the first seven stages of the season, while KERS and DRS systems did not provide major opportunities for overtaking. In addition, Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari have opted for a similar strategy with three pit stops, the last stint being reserved for medium tires.

These things have contributed to a trouble-free race for Sebastian Vettel, who took advantage of the pole position won Saturday and past the finish line first without any real threat to its position during the 57 laps. The world champion had its sixth victory in eight stages and has increased the advance in the general classification.

Starting from the fourth position of the grid, Fernando Alonso has matched his best result this season after obtaining the second position. The Ferrari driver has passed Lewis Hamilton on the start line and later overtake Mark Webber in the last pit stop, after the two were originally overtaking each other during the race due to DRS system. Podium was completed by Webber, who could not approach Alonso in the last stint of the race, but the Australian has obtained the best result of his career at Valencia.

Over 30 seconds behind him, Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line in fourth place. After losing two positions at the start and dropped to fifth place, McLaren driver has won a position in front of Felipe Massa at the first pit stop, but in the last half of the race was unable to keep up with the leading platoon.

Massa had to settle for fifth place, followed by Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP). The McLaren driver lost two positions at the start, returned on six in the first laps, but in the last part of the race couldn’t use the KERS system. Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) finished eighth and won 10 positions from the start due to a strategy with only two pit stops, while the last points at stake was won by Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Nick Heidfeld (Renault).

Sauber emerged once again into evidence for its tire management, as Sergio Perez made ​​one pit stop, but this didn’t help to finish in points as the Mexican finished only 11th. Michael Schumacher finished 17th because of an incident with Vitaly Petrov at the beginning of the race, after which he was forced to make an extra pit stop to change the front wing.

Surprisingly, for a street circuit, European Grand Prix didn’t recorded any abandon, while Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in the race after he was timed in 1:41.852 on lap 53.

Valencia – Race Rankings and overall standings (Provisionally Race Results)

The European Grand PrixValencia Street Circuit, Spain
57 laps; 5.419 km (3.367 miles);    Weather: Sunny

Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel, 1:41.852, lap 53


 1.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           1h39:36.169
 2.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    10.891
 3.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    27.255
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    46.190
 5.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    51.705
 6.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +  1:00.000
 7.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +  1:38.000
 8.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
 9.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
10.  Heidfeld      Renault                    +     1 lap
11.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
12.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
13.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
14.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
15.  Petrov        Renault                    +     1 lap
16.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
17.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +     1 lap
18.  Maldonado     Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
19.  Kovalainen    Lotus-Renault              +    2 laps
20.  Trulli        Lotus-Renault              +    2 laps
21.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
22.  D'Ambrosio    Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
23.  Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth               +    3 laps
24.  Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth               +    3 laps
World Championship standings, round 8: Drivers: Constructors: 
 1.  Vettel       186        1.  Red Bull-Renault          295
 2.  Webber       109        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          206
 3.  Button       109        3.  Ferrari                   129
 4.  Hamilton      97        4.  Renault                    61
 5.  Alonso        87        5.  Mercedes                   58
 6.  Massa         42        6.  Sauber-Ferrari             27
 7.  Rosberg       32        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         16
 8.  Petrov        31        8.  Force India-Mercedes       12
 9.  Heidfeld      30        9.  Williams-Cosworth           4
10.  Schumacher    26       
11.  Kobayashi     25       
12.  Sutil         10       
13.  Alguersuari    8       
14.  Buemi          8       
15.  Barrichello    4       
16.  Perez          2       
17.  Di Resta       2

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