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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.

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.