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POLL: F1 Driver of the Day - European GP

Who deserves the award of driver of the day for the European Grand Prix? Fernando Alonso for winning, Mark Webber for simply scoring, or the likes of Romain Grosjean who were robbed of a podium finish by unreliability?
The European Grand Prix at Valencia has traditionally been one of the more tedious stops on the F1 calendar, but all that changed in 2012, when the year's unpredictability continued to the Spanish city.

While the event did not provide an eighth different winner, despite the efforts of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen, it certainly through up more contenders than most for the award of driver of the day.

Fernando Alonso, as the first driver to win two races in 2012, cut an emotional figure as he celebrated with his team and the Spanish fans, while title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton had very different reasons for tears after being taken out of the race through no fault of their own.

Michael Schumacher, meanwhile, returned to the podium for the first time since his return to F1, and 99 races after his last appearance in the top three. Sandwiched between him and Alonso was Raikkonen, who again showed the potential of the Lotus in warm conditions and race trim.

The Finn's team-mate, Grosjean, had already shown the team's hand, providing the best opposition to the fleeing Vettel, but both drivers would ultimately had their afternoon cut short by alternator failure.

If Alonso's rise from eleventh to first was impressive, perhaps more so was Mark Webber's from 19th to fourth. The Aussie ran in tandem with Schumacher through the final third of the race, both benefiting from later pit-stops to still have useful tyres under them in the final laps.

Force India has both drivers in contention for this week's award, with Nico Hulkenberg taking a season's best fifth and Paul di Resta seventh after a one-stop strategy only began to unravel in the final few laps.

That allowed Nico Rosberg to snatch sixth in the other Mercedes, the young German passing both di Resta and Jenson Button on the final lap.

Perhaps your choice comes from outside the eleven - yes, eleven - drivers we have listed below, so this is your chance to have your say. Simply click HERE pick your favourite from our list, and leave a comment if you want to agree or disagree...



Related Pictures

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24.06.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 retires from the race
24.06.2012- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.06.2012- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
23.06.2012- Qualifying, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
24.06.2012- Race, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05
24.06.2012- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
23.06.2012- Free Practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05
22.06.2012- Free Practice 2, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
24.06.2012- Race, 3rd position Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
24.06.2012- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.06.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 race winner
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H Staub - Unregistered

June 25, 2012 5:17 PM

I have never seen a race like this in 47 years of F1 watching. At one stage there were close to 10 cars behind Hamilton racing 3 abreast like go-karts. The qualifying also showed how close the top 10 were. Unbelievable and hat off to the stewardship of Jean Todt. Alonso was sublime and for the 2nd time this year won with an inferior car. What a racer.



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