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GP Week : Issue 159
32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Vettel failed to convert his third consecutive European Grand Prix pole into a third consecutive victory despite dominating the early stages of the race. The German was struck down with an alternator failure just after half distance, with the overheating possibly having been caused by the preceding safety car period. Until then he was controlling the race at the front and held a comfortable 20-second cushion on his way to an almost certain win. Webber admirably climbed from 19th on the grid to fourth at the finish thanks in part to the safety car, while retirements and collisions ahead of him also helped his cause. Michael Schumacher was finally able to put all the bad luck of this year behind him to score a much-deserved podium finish on Sunday, after leading home Mark Webber in a tight battle to the finish. The German had the safety car to thank for being brought back into contention, but was the quickest frontrunner on fresh tyres in the latter half of the race as he hunted down the two Force Indias for a podium place. Team-mate Rosberg had been hoping to make a one-stop strategy work but was forced to pit a second time with ten laps to go. He was still able to score solid points in sixth however. Lewis Hamilton’s rollercoaster season continued in Valencia as he fell from the high of victory in Canada a fortnight ago to crashing into the barriers thanks to a nudge from rival Pastor Maldonado in the closing stages of yesterday’s race. The Briton had earlier lost two places in the pitlane, but had fought his way back to second before his tyres let go. The stewards later blamed Maldonado for the incident, but it was too little too late for Hamilton. Button salvaged four points for McLaren in eighth despite a dismal first lap dropping him to 13th from 9th on the grid. The Lotus E20 was again on top form at the weekend as the team scored its fifth podium finish of the season, but it could have been even better had an alternator failure not stopped Romain Grosjean in his tracks. The Frenchman ran second to Vettel for much of the second stint and was pushing Alonso hard for the lead just before retiring. Raikkonen was then left to fly the Lotus flag and he did so admirably by overtaking Hamilton for second place just three laps from the finish. Fernando Alonso worked his magic yet again at the wheel of his Ferrari to become this year’s first double winner despite starting from his second-worst grid position of the year in 11th. Cheered on by his loyal home support, the Spaniard gained three places on the first lap, before jumping more cars during the first round of stops, taking Hamilton during the second round of stops, overtaking Grosjean after the safety car period and then inheriting the lead when Vettel retired. Massa was in the hunt for a strong points finish too but came to blows with Kobayashi after the safety car and finished 16th. Force India scored a badly-needed double points finish, their third of the year, to close to within a point of Williams in the constructors’ championship courtesy of two outstanding drives by Hulkenberg and di Resta. Hulkenberg two-stopped from eighth on the grid and had to run most of the race without KERS, but was still able to keep his team-mate at bay in the closing stages. Di Resta pitted only once and ran as high as second at one stage, but lost a lot of tie as his tyres dropped off at the end of his first stint. The same happened at the end of the race but he hung on to take a valuable seventh. Red Bull Mercedes McLaren Lotus Ferrari Force India TEAM-BY-TEAM: EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX F1 >>> EUROPE