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Vettel wins European GP

Sebastian Vettel strengthened his F1 world championship lead with an easy victory in the European GP.
Sebastian Vettel cruised to a sixth win of the 2011 F1 campaign, running unchallenged from lights to flag in the European Grand Prix.

The German underlined his qualifying form by sprinting away on lap one and keeping himself out of harm's way, albeit only stretching his advantage in the closing stages as Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber squabbled over second place. Both occupied P2 at various points in the 57-lap race, but it was the local favourite who eventually came out on top after his pit strategy, and gearbox reliability, proved marginally better than Red Bull's.

Lewis Hamilton, despite rear tyre temperatures climbing higher than ideal, was fourth, edging the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa, while Jenson Button clung on to sixth spot even though he lost KERS midway through the race. The Briton had passed the fast-starting Nico Rosberg on lap six, and that proved crucial as he headed the German across the line.

Eighth went to Jaime Alguersuari for the second race in a row, the Spaniard stopping only twice as he rose from 18th on the grid to overhaul both Adrian Sutil and Nick Heidfeld, who swapped places at the foot of the top ten. Michael Schumacher was the only member of the top ten not to score, having exited from his first pit-stop straight into the side of Vitaly Petrov's Renault, losing his front wing and 14 places by the time he received another.

For the first time this season, there were no retirements as all 24 cars saw the chequered flag, with HRT's Narain Karthikeyan bringing up the rear.

Full report and result to follow....




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