Alonso takes stunning European Grand Prix victory

Fernando Alonso took his second win of the season

Fernando Alonso took his second win of the season

Fernando Alonso has stormed from 11th on the grid to take a highly popular victory in the European Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit.

A mixture of inspired on-track passes and two strong pitstops saw the Ferrari up to third by the time the race restarted from a debris-induced Safety Car just past its halfway point.

An overtake on Romain Grosjean at the restart and a mechanical problem for long-time leader Sebastian Vettel subsequently handed the Spaniard the front-running.

Alonso eventually finished 6.4s clear of Kimi Raikkonen, who took second place from Lewis Hamilton with just two laps remaining as the McLaren’s tyres faded.

Michael Schumacher scored the first podium of his ‘second career’ after taking advantage of a penultimate lap clash between Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado that saw the McLaren driver’s day end in the fence.

Mark Webber was fourth having joined Schumacher in making a late-stop for tyres, while Nico Hulkenberg, Nico Rosberg and the one-stopping Paul di Resta filled fifth through seventh.

Jenson Button, Sergio Perez and a front-wing-less Maldonado rounded out the top 10.

Grosjean joined Vettel on the retirements list after his Lotus ground to a half with an alternator failure while chasing Alonso with 17 laps remaining.

Kamui Kobayashi and Jean-Eric Vergne had earlier found themselves on the sidelines after clashing with Felipe Massa and Vitaly Petrov respectively.

Kobayashi’s ill-fated passing attempt on his Ferrari rival earned the Japanese driver a five-place grid penalty for the following race at Silverstone.

The Sauber driver had also collided with Bruno Senna earlier in the race – the Brazilian recovering to finish 11th despite taking a puncture and a drive-through penalty from the incident.

Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile was 12th after a late clash with Vitaly Petrov. The Caterham had run 10th with only a handful of laps remaining but was unable to hold on for the team’s first points.

The result sees Alonso and Webber move ahead of Hamilton in the points standings, with Alonso now holding a 20 point lead over the Australian.

See below for the full race result and points standings, updated to include a 20s post-race penalty for Maldonado

CLICK HERE for more on Maldonado’s penalty

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 Winner 11
2 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 57 +6.4 secs 5
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 57 +12.6 secs 12
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +13.6 secs 19
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +19.9 secs 8
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 +21.1 secs 6
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +22.8 secs 10
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 57 +24.6 secs 9
9 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +27.7 secs 15
10 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 57 +35.9 secs 14
11 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 57 +37.0 secs 17
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 57 +44.6 secs 3
13 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 57 +75.8 secs 20
14 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 57 +94.6 secs 16
15 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 57 +96.5 secs 23
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 13
17 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 21
18 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 22
19 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 +2 Laps 2
Ret Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 40 +17 Laps 4
Ret Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 33 +24 Laps 1
Ret Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 33 +24 Laps 7
Ret Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 26 +31 Laps 18
DNS Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 0 +57 Laps 24

See below for the updated points standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1 Fernando Alonso 111
2 Mark Webber 91
3 Lewis Hamilton 88
4 Sebastian Vettel 85
5 Nico Rosberg 75
6 Kimi Räikkönen 73
7 Romain Grosjean 53
8 Jenson Button 49
9 Sergio Perez 39
10 Pastor Maldonado 29
11 Paul di Resta 27
12 Kamui Kobayashi 21
13 Michael Schumacher 17
14 Nico Hulkenberg 17
15 Bruno Senna 16
16 Felipe Massa 11
17 Jean-Eric Vergne 4
18 Daniel Ricciardo 2
19 Heikki Kovalainen 0
20 Vitaly Petrov 0
21 Timo Glock 0
22 Charles Pic 0
23 Narain Karthikeyan 0
24 Pedro de la Rosa 0

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