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autoviva2011-06-26 20:48:34

Comfortable win for Vettel in Valencia

Comfortable win for Vettel in Valencia

Sebastian Vettel eased to another victory in the 2011 F1 season after he won the European Grand Prix, raced in Valencia, Spain.

The German led throughout the race by almost constant 3 second lead over his opponents, with a final push in the last stint of the race driving him to his sixth victory of the season by a 10.8 margin.

Proving that Ferrari is improving as the season progresses is the second place finish by Fernando Alonso, in front of his home crowd. At the start both Ferraris got ahead of Hamilton with Felipe Massa flying between both drivers and still trying to grab second place from Webber. Failing to do so he would lose his position to his team-mate placing himself in fourth place.

As the race progressed, Alonso kept close to Mark Webber and on lap 21 managed to overtake the Aussie in a brave driving move. Still the Spaniard didn't manage to leave Webber behind. When Webber came for his second pit stop a lap sooner than Alonso, he managed to recover his position.

But Alonso didn't give up and in the third stop Alonso gained enough advantage with three extra laps on softs to take away second place from Webber. Just nailing to get to second place Alonso had his life eased when the Red Bull driver was told by his engineer to back off and to take care of his gearbox until the end of the race. Webber came home in third place.

Having some trouble with the pit stops Massa ended up falling into fifth place behind Lewis Hamilton. Towards the end of the rac he started closing up the gap to the Brit but he never threathned the McLaren driver's position.

As for Jenson Button, the McLaren driver had a very low-profile race this afternoon. Having been passed at the start by Nico Rosberg, Button battled with the German until the sixth lap to recover the position and the mission had been completed the front runners were already out of reach. A problem with his KERS system would see him finish the race in sixth.

Rosberg had to fight with Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari for a while in order to secure his final seventh spot. The Spaniard was the biggest surprise of the afternoon. Having started back in 18th, a two-stop strategy pulled Alguersuari up the order with a final effort securing him eighth place over Force India's Adrian Sutil. Top-ten was closed by Nick Heidfeld.

In a very brave attempt, Sergio Pérez opted for a one-stop strategy in Valencia, although he just missed out on the point positions, finishing in 11th, behind Hidfeld.

Michael Schumacher's opportunity to finish in the points ended when he was forced to make an extra stop for a new wing, after making contact with Vitaly Petroc as he was returning to the track after his first tyre change. The German finished 17th, while Petrov was never able to recover from a lousy start.

Position Driver Team Time
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1h39:36.169
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari  + 10.891
3. Mark Webber Red Bull  + 27.255
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren  + 46.190
5. Felipe Massa Ferrari  + 51.705
6. Jenson Button McLaren  + 1:00.000
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes  + 1:38.000
8. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso  + 1 Lap
9. Adrian Sutil Force India  + 1 Lap
10. Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault  + 1 Lap
11. Sergio Pérez Sauber  + 1 Lap
12. Rubens Barrichello Williams  + 1 Lap
13. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso  + 1 Lap
14. Paul di Resta Force India  + 1 Lap
15. Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault  + 1 Lap
16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber  + 1 Lap
17. Michael Schumacher Mercedes  + 1 Lap
18. Pastor Maldonado Williams  + 1 Lap
19. Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus  + 2 Lap
20. Jarno Trulli Team Lotus  + 2 Lap
21. Timo Glock Virgin  + 2 Lap
22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin  + 2 Lap
23. Tonio Liuzzi HRT  + 3 Lap
24. Nahrain Karthikeyan HRT  + 3 Lap

Fastes Lap: Sebastian Vettel, 1:41.852

Drivers Championship Standings

Position Driver Points
1. Vettel 186
2. Webber 109
3. Button 109
4. Hamilton 97
5. Alonso 87
6. Massa 42
7. Rosberg 32
8. Petrov 31
9. Heidfeld 30
10. Schumacher 26
11. Kobayashi 25
12. Sutil 10
13. Alguersuari 8
14. Buemi 8
15. Barrichello 4
16. Pérez 2
17. Di Resta 2

Constructors Standings

Position Team Points
1. Red Bull 295
2. McLaren 206
3. Ferrari 129
4. Renault 61
5. Mercedes 58
6. Sauber 27
7. Toro Rosso 16
8. Force India 12
9. Williams 4


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V 8 (90º vee)
146 cu in
Top Speed
7, semi-automatic
Maximum power
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Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost


It was the best race of Valencia but the worst so far this season.They should leave this circuit from the calender.
27.06.2011 @ 11:10
I must agree...the location may look great...but the circuit...yawn!!!
28.06.2011 @ 12:07


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