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Points standings after European Grand Prix

Driver Standings

Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 186
2 Jenson Button 109
3 Mark Webber 109
4 Lewis Hamilton 97
5 Fernando Alonso 87
6 Felipe Massa 42
7 Nico Rosberg 32
8 Vitaly Petrov 31
9 Nick Heidfeld 30
10 Michael Schumacher 26
11 Kamui Kobayashi 25
12 Adrian Sutil 10
13 Jaime Alguersuari 8
14 Sebastien Buemi 8
15 Rubens Barrichello 4
16 Sergio Perez 2
17 Paul di Resta 2
18 Pedro de la Rosa 0
19 Jarno Trulli 0
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi 0
21 Jerome D’Ambrosio 0
22 Heikki Kovalainen 0
23 Narain Karthikeyan 0
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Pastor Maldonado

Timo Glock

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Constructor Standings

Team Points
1 Red Bull-Renault 295
2 McLaren-Mercedes 206
3 Ferrari 129
4 Renault 61
5 Mercedes GP 58
6 Sauber-Ferrari 27
7 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16
8 Force India-Mercedes 12
9 Williams-Cosworth 4
10 Lotus-Cosworth 0
11 Virgin-Cosworth 0
12 HRT-Cosworth 0

Vettel dominates European Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel took his 6th Grand Prix victory of the year at the European Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso was 2nd, ahead of Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton struggled in 4th, while Massa and Button were 5th and 6th. Jaime Alguersuari impressed by finishing 8th. Here is the full report:

At the start, the Red Bulls held their lead into the first corner, while Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa challenged Mark Webber. Both Ferraris sweeped past Lewis Hamilton, who slipped to 5th.

Jenson Button, who had been pushed down to 7th, began to pressurise Nico Rosberg for 6th place. However, the Mercedes’ superior traction managed to hold the McLaren off, despite Jenson’s use of DRS.

The move finally came in a non-DRS zone. Nico struggled for grip at the first turn, allowing Button to squeeze past at Turn 2.

The traditional routine of Vettel tearing off into the distance quickly slipped away – after only 6 laps. Both Ferraris began to reel Mark Webber in, but the DRS proved to be ineffective on the straights.

Nick Heidfeld was the first to put on a second set of options, followed soon by Kamui Kobayashi. With Hamilton down in 5th, McLaren decided to pit him early. Mark Webber dived into the pits the following lap, also taking on more options.

On fresher tyres, Hamilton breezed past Michael Schumacher. Vettel and Alonso pitted, with Fernando failing to jump past Webber. A broken front wing for Schumacher dropped him to the back of the field, after a collision leaving the pit lane with Nick Heidfeld.

Heidfeld continued while Schumacher pitted, and the Renault soon passed Sergio Perez for 10th. The Mexican was the only driver not to have stopped, and on the same lap he was overtaken by Rubens Barrichello.

Mark may have been challenging Sebastian for the lead, but being held up in the high-speed section by a Hispania dropped him back by 2 seconds. This allowed Alonso to move right up behind Webber, and on Lap 21 Fernando scythed past the Red Bull on the back straight.

After burning out another set of tyres, Hamilton stopped again on Lap 25. It was obvious that the McLaren was on a 3-stopper, but the rest of the field didn’t react for several more laps, ensuring that Lewis was out of sync with the rest of the field.

Webber pitted on Lap 29, aiming to undercut Alonso. Fernando pitted a lap later, but a poor in-lap resulted in the Ferrari losing 2nd to Mark. Vettel pitted, and emerged in front of the group behind. Felipe Massa, who hadn’t stopped yet, ended up holding up Webber and his teammate, before he stopped the following lap.

Jaime Alguersuari, by making only one stop after 40 laps, had silently moved his way up to 7th place. However, his rear tyres soon began to suffer degradation in the hot conditions, and Nico Rosberg soon found a way past the Toro Rosso.

Mark Webber was the first to take on the medium tyres, followed by Lewis Hamilton. Interestingly, the medium tyre held up well for the first few laps compared to the worn softs the other frontrunners were using.  Unfortunately, Mark failed to get his front tyres up to temperature, and soon began to fall away from Vettel.

Ferrari held back for a few laps, then stopped Alonso on Lap 46. A quick stop ensured he emerged ahead of Webber, but the Ferrari’s tendency to struggle on primes came back to hurt Alonso. Vettel pitted 2 laps later, and the struggling Ferrari failed to close in on Sebastian.

This continued on until the end, and Vettel had a considerable lead by the time he crossed the finish line. Alonso survived the dreaded primes to finish second, 5 seconds ahead of Webber. A 3-stop strategy failed to move Hamilton any higher than 4th. Massa and Button were 5th and 6th, with Jaime Alguersuari taking 4 points in 8th, the same result as 2 weeks ago.

Unfortunately the race failed to live up to expectations after the drama of Canada, with Vettel further extending his championship lead. Interestingly, this was the first race in Formula 1 history to have 24 finishers, the previous record being 23, at the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this year.

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