VETTEL WINS AS WEBBER CRASHES OUT
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is back on the winner's list after an action-packed European Grand Prix in Valencia - but all eyes were on his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
Starting from second on the grid, the Australian survived a massive accident when he clipped the rear of Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus at high speed and flipped in the air before slamming back onto the track and into the tyre barriers. Amazingly, he was able to walk away unhurt.
"I was going a lot faster than Heikki and then a long, long way before the braking point he braked - about 80 metres before - and at that point I'm a passenger," Webber said.
"The car, thank God, was very safe. I am OK, I lost some points, but in the end when you're up there, you're not worried about points, I was worried that I was OK and ready for Silverstone."
Vettel started from pole position on Bridgestone's super-soft Potenza tyres and managed to hold off the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to claim the win. Hamilton now leads the championship by six points from his teammate.
"Tyre performance was strong from both tyres, and we saw fastest laps being set by both compounds," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
"The track conditions continued to improve throughout the race and Sebastian Vettel drove very strongly."
The Spanish crowd were denied the chance of seeing home-town hero Fernando Alonso challenge for the lead, with the Ferrari driver only able to finish eighth.
The next round of the Formula One World Championship is at the historic Silverstone circuit for the British Grand Prix.
|1. ||Lewis Hamilton (GB) ||McLaren Mercedes ||127 points |
|2. ||Jenson Button (GB) ||McLaren Mercedes ||121 |
|3. ||Sebastian Vettel (Ger) ||Red Bull Renault ||115 |
|4. ||Mark Webber (Aus) ||Red Bull Renault ||103 |