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2012 European Grand Prix race results

 2012 European Grand Prix race results
Fernando Alonso celebrates winning 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia

Bitterly disappointed on Saturday, Luca di Montezemolo chose the wrong moment to return to Italy.

The imperious Ferrari president, on a rare paddock visit, was visibly upset after Fernando Alonso qualified just eleventh at Valencia.

24 hours later, Spaniard Alonso was the darling not only of his team, but also of the rapturous partisan crowd in Spain's host port city -- and the only multiple race winner of 2012 and the new runaway championship leader by a huge 20 points.

Also on the podium were two other Ferrari champions: Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen who finished third, and Michael Schumacher, thoroughly enjoying the first podium of his comeback with Mercedes.

In the thrilling European grand prix, major title contenders Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton failed to score at all -- the Red Bull succumbing to a sudden failure whilst commandingly leading, and a furious McLaren driver crashing with Pastor Maldonado.

Romain Grosjean was another casualty, who was a contender to challenge Alonso until his Lotus failed.

"He was one of the big stars of today," said former team owner Eddie Jordan on British BBC1 television.

An unusually-emotional Alonso picked up a Spanish flag on the slowing down lap and then his F2012 broke down in front of the grandstands, where he enjoyed a dance with his delighted countrymen.

"The stands were full of colour and Spanish flags and, after the (Spanish) footballers won at Euro 2012, I am feeling very proud to be Spanish at the moment," he said.

"Nothing really compares to this one," he said.

2012 European Grand Prix results

 

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:44:16.649

11

25

2

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

+6.4 secs

5

18

3

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

+12.6 secs

12

15

4

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

+13.6 secs

19

12

5

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

+19.9 secs

8

10

6

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

+21.1 secs

6

8

7

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

+22.8 secs

10

6

8

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

+24.6 secs

9

4

9

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

+27.7 secs

15

2

10

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

+34.6 secs

3

1

11

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

+35.9 secs

14

 

12

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

+37.0 secs

17

 

13

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

+75.8 secs

20

 

14

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

+94.6 secs

16

 

15

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

+96.5 secs

23

 

16

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

+1 Lap

13

 

17

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

+1 Lap

21

 

18

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

+1 Lap

22

 

19

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

Accident

2

 

Ret

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

+17 Laps

4

 

Ret

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

+24 Laps

1

 

Ret

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

+24 Laps

7

 

Ret

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

+31 Laps

18

 

DNS

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

DNS

 

 

 

 

Published Jun 24, 2012 10:40 am
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Addington
If Vettel had gone all the way to the end of the race, minus the safety car, at that rate,he was going to overtake the second placed man. Anyway, Hail to King Alonso. Well done Papi
Jun 29, 2012 5:23 am
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lambocop
Another joke of a rule in F1. This safety car things is a huge injustice. Vettel and Grojean spent 30 laps to build a gap infront of the rest of the pack..Only for a stupid move by one driver to cause an accident and then what? Safety car infront of Vettel..so he has to slow down...do all other drivers have to slow down on same speed? NOOOOOO... They will slow down when they catch the leaders... How unfair is this? If you are going to put the SC in..The whole field should slow down at the same time and maintain the same speed at the same time.....F1 is really irritating as of recent years.....
Jun 25, 2012 7:56 am
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sideskraper
From 19th to 4th is an astonishingly good result for Webber.
Jun 24, 2012 10:57 pm
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Ceramic Rabbit
Vettel absolutely dominated until his car gave up. It was honestly shocking to see him pull nearly a 2 second gap on the opening lap and only add to that. Nobody would have had a hope of catching him today if his race wasn't so abruptly ended.
Jun 24, 2012 8:49 pm
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Fourie_00
What a fantastic drive by Alonso, its a shame Hamilton got shunted off by Maldonado and Vettels car gave up. would have loved to see Alonso sweet by him in the same fashion he dispatched Grosjean! Speaking of, how good was he? So unlucky to have alternator failure! Could have been Alonso, Grosjean, kimi.
Jun 24, 2012 6:21 pm
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taliz
Alonso leeds the F1 championship, as does Lorenzo with the MotoGP championship. Nadal recently took his 7th French open crown, and the Spanish football team are on their way to triumph again. Now if only the spaniards were as good with economy as they are with sports..
Jun 24, 2012 11:13 am
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loki
Hahaha. Good one, you're right. Though Alonso's win today was what you could call lucky, with the two major contenders retiring on mechanical problems. Hamilton was unlucky too - though not a contender for the win: the useless aggressiveness that he displays sometimes got the best of him today. Good race!
Jun 24, 2012 11:20 am
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Fourie_00
partly agree, he got all the luck with him and all the stars lined up. But really it was JUST Vettel's retirement that handed alonso the 1st rather than 2nd. And going from pole to victory is not quite the achievement of coming from 11th or further back.
Jun 24, 2012 6:19 pm
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