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Vettel wins European GP from pole position 1

Vettel wins European GP from pole position

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel got his championship challenge back on-track after a commanding victory in Valencia this afternoon. The German led every lap of the action-packed race from pole position to record his second win of the season and promote him to third in the championship, behind fellow podium finishes Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Team-mate Mark Webber failed to finish after a colossal crash with Heikki Kovalainen early in the race.

Vettel kept the lead from pole position at the start despite a strong challenge from Hamilton who damaged his front wing slightly after making contact with the German. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso leaped into third at the end of the first lap, while Webber dropped to ninth after a dismal opening tour. Things went from bad to worse for the Australian after pitting for a fresh set of rubber on lap 7. After rejoining Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus, he tried to overtake the Finn going into turn 12 but hit the rear of his rival and was catapulted into the air.

Hamilton leads McLaren double in Montreal 0

Hamilton leads McLaren double in Montreal

McLaren racked up their second consecutive 1-2 finish as Lewis Hamilton led home team-mate Jenson Button in Montreal this afternoon in a mouth-watering 70 laps of racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. As expected, tyre performance played a huge role in the outcome, with Red Bull’s differing strategy ultimately failing to bring the results as Fernando Alonso took the final podium place for Ferrari in third.

After leading away from pole, severe tyre degradation on the super-soft tyre forced many of the front-runners to pit early on laps 5, 6 and 7. Hamilton pitted on lap 7 but lost a place to Alonso in a battle in the pitlane, before regaining it eight laps later with an overtaking manoeuvre into the final chicane. That handed the lead back to Hamilton once both Red Bulls had pitted from the lead, but poor tyre wear forced another pitstop for both Hamilton and Alonso soon after.

Hamilton wins in Turkey as Webber/Vettel collided 0

Hamilton wins in Turkey as Webber/Vettel collided

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton took his maiden victory of 2010 after leading team-mate Jenson Button home in a thrilling race at the Istanbul Park this afternoon. Red Bull’s Mark Webber looked set for a third consecutive victory until a controversial collision with Sebastian Vettel going into turn 12 on lap 40 as the German came through to take the lead handed McLaren an easy 1-2 finish.

After keeping his lead away from pole position at the start, Webber was unable to open a gap to second-placed Lewis Hamilton who managed to hold onto second place on the first lap despite starting on the dirty side of the grid. A quick pitstop by third-placed Vettel allowed the German to leapfrog the Briton into second, and although the Red Bulls were unable to open any gap to Hamilton they looked set for another 1-2 finish.

Webber secures third pole in a row in Turkey 0

Webber secures third pole in a row in Turkey

Red Bull’s Mark Webber scored a third consecutive pole position after fending off a stern challenge from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix. The Australian lapped in a time of 1m26.295s to go over a tenth quicker than Hamilton, while Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel completed the top three almost half a second behind.

Going into Q3, both Red Bull drivers looked set to battle it out for pole position and secure an easy front-row lock-out, with Vettel holding the upper hand by setting the pace in Q1 and Q2, but a brake problem on the German’s car allowed McLaren’s Hamilton through to steal an unlikely second place. Webber never looked threatened at the very front however and will start tomorrow’s race from the front of the grid, keeping Red Bull’s 100% record of 2010 pole positions going.

Webber wins Monaco Grand Prix 1

Webber wins Monaco Grand Prix

Mark Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix today in dominating fashion, from flag-to-flag, in his Red Bull-Renault, leading a Red Bull 1-2 with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel finishing second.

Front row starter Robert Kubica, after getting beaten to the first corner by Vettel, finished in third place in his Renault – the engine manufacturer sweeping the podium for the first time since the Luxembourg GP in 1997.

The race ended under the Safety Car, when Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok collided with three laps to go – the race being interrupted by four Safety Car periods in total.

Webber takes pole in front of Kubica in Monaco 1

Webber takes pole in front of Kubica in Monaco

Following straight on from his victory in Barcelona, Mark Webber (1:13.826) took a superb pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, the only driver to dip below 1m14s. Team mate Sebastian Vettel (1:14.227) pulled out a lap right at the end to go third quickest, the Red Bull pair split by the impressive Robert Kubica (1:14.120) in the Renault.

As ever the Monte Carlo qualifying session was hard fought and spectacular, with just over a second covering the top 10 on the grid.

Alonso is fastest in Monaco Practice 1

Alonso is fastest in Monaco Practice

There was little change at the sharp end of the field in the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix this afternoon as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso continued to lead the way, setting down a firm marker to his rivals for the rest of the weekend. The Spaniard improved on his morning laptime by over a second and lapped over a tenth quicker than his nearest rival.

There was little delay in first laptime getting on the board at the start of the session, with Hispania’s Bruno Senna setting the benchmark at 1m25.830s. A barrage of improvements followed with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton lowering the target to a 1m17.709s just six minutes later, before Tonio Liuzzi, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber all took to the front briefly. Renault’s Robert Kubica then made himself one to watch by beating them all with a 1m15.935s, before cutting a further four tenths off his time on the following lap to set a 1m15.589s.

Webber takes dominant win in Spain 1

Webber takes dominant win in Spain

Red Bull’s Mark Webber took his first victory of the 2010 campaign after a dominant drive from pole position in Barcelona on Sunday. The Australian was uncatchable from the off and cruised to the finish when his main challenger Lewis Hamilton was ruled out two laps from the end after a left-front puncture, handing second place to local hero Fernando Alonso.

Webber’s victory marks the first of 2010 to come from pole position and was never truly in doubt from the very start of the race. He was able to fend off fellow front-row starter and team-mate Sebastian Vettel, slowly building a lead to the German over the course of the first stint. When Vettel was the first of the front-runners to pit on lap 16 from second place, Webber had built a four-second advantage and it was about to grow further.

Webber on pole for Spanish Grand Prix 1

Webber on pole for Spanish Grand Prix

Mark Webber will start tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix from pole position after winning an intense duel with team-mate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying this afternoon. As expected, both Red Bulls were significantly quicker than the rest of the field leaving Webber and Vettel to fight it out for pole, with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton claiming a distant third place.

During the first two parts of the hour-long knockout qualifying session, Webber had beaten Vettel to the front, and ominously held a comfortable margin over their competitors, but their true advantage only became apparent when the fuel was drained out and Q3 got underway.

Button leads McLaren 1-2 in wet Chinese Grand Prix 1

Button leads McLaren 1-2 in wet Chinese Grand Prix

Jenson Button secured his second victory of the 2010 season after taking full advantage of changeable weather conditions in China this afternoon. Two safety car periods and continual rain from one-third distance provided for a chaotic race, with Lewis Hamilton taking second place subject to a post-race stewards’ inquiry.

With rain in the air, the race got underway as planned in dry conditions and Fernando Alonso jumped straight into the lead from third place, albeit thanks to a jump start for which he soon received a drive-through penalty. However, a first-lap collision involving Tonio Liuzzi, Sébastien Buemi and Kamui Kobayashi brought out the safety car for three laps, prompting many drivers to pit for intermediate tyres as the rain started falling more heavily.