F1 » European Grand Prix, Valencia - Race results [UPDATED]

Fernando Alonso wins the European Grand Prix, 6.4 seconds up on Kimi Raikkonen; Michael Schumacher completes the podium.

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bob - Unregistered

June 24, 2012 3:37 PM

So I thought Hamilton was supposed to be the new master at looking after his tires? Isn't that what all the fanboys have been telling us?

Doesn't really seem so does it?

Yes, I believe that the accident was Maldonado's fault, but I think some would call it poetic justice...

JJJ - Unregistered

June 24, 2012 3:38 PM

Well if with these new tyres even Valencia can serve up a race like this I'll let go my reservations and jump on the Pirelli bandwagon.

Great racing between Pastor and Hamilton in the end right there, 2 guys throwing caution to the wind and going all out for it. I hope nobody gets a penalty for that one.

I think Caterham might have missed their oppertunity to score a point this year here with this much attrition. If they would have stopped Vitaly for a new set of tires I'm pretty sure he could have picked off some of the guys going backwards at the end there like Button and Perez or at least Senna and then finish in 10th.

Shame for those guys, but otherwise the 1st fun to watch race in Valencia to date.

Nick - Unregistered

June 24, 2012 3:52 PM

@Bob, What are you talking about, why is getting wiped out with two laps to go "poetic justice". Get a grip, you obviously don't like Hamilton but kindly keep your garbage to yourself.
A great drive by Alonso, some great overtakes, not my favourite driver but respect when it is due.


June 24, 2012 3:53 PM

What a race!

Amazing performance from Alonso, and brilliant result for Schumi!

He got a little bit of luck (and it's about time he does!), but he drove magnificently for a well deserved podium...

Completely outraced Rosberg, shows what he's still capable of at 43!

James Montgomery

June 24, 2012 4:00 PM
Last Edited 1328 days ago

What a fantastic race that was! Renault cost two of their teams the chance of the win due to alternator failure!

A race track that you can't pass on - 11th place on the grid to first... not bad!

Going to play Devils advocate here... Hamilton was very aggressive with his defending (his moves on Raikonnen the lap before could be deemed questionable) but Maldonado - as expected, was also very aggressive.

Who do I think was at fault for the crash? Personally, I'd say both... Hamilton was too defensive and Maldonado was too aggressive - to me, it looked like Hamilton put Maldonado off the road as Maldonado was beside Hamilton going into the corner and so as Bob says, poetic justice on Hamilton's side i.e. he got what he deserved for doing such drastic moves, however Maldonado should have backed off as there was no road left for him to use - but he didn't and as you can see from the onboard footage, got beached on the curb and so couldn't turn left.

They were both as bad as each other

whoelse - Unregistered

June 24, 2012 4:00 PM

The sly fox ALWAYS teaches ppl a lesson. Hang on, no matter what and NEVER miss your first opportunity!
Not so much the racer, but always the Thinker, Opportunist!
That's Fernonso! Like him or hate, you will always learn from him.

James Montgomery

June 24, 2012 4:00 PM
Last Edited 1328 days ago

*** ....but it was the closing stages of the race (last 2 laps) and so both drivers were obviously going to be pushing too hard with an attidute of "nothing to lose" and ultimately, we saw the end result.

nikisan - Unregistered

June 24, 2012 4:11 PM

Alonso deserved the win, Hamilton deserved the podium.

And for the record nobody has ever said Hamilton is a 'tyre master', Button is the one who people say saves his tyres. But look where he is. If not for the retirements he would've been out of the points again. If Maldonado didn't torpedo Hamilton he would've been on the podium again despite his team fu*king up his pit again.

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