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Vettel Wins in Valencia, While Webber Escapes Horrifying Crash

June 27, 2010

Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in Valencia this afternoon, while teammate Mark Webber was involved in an horrific accident, that saw him fly upside down, over the top of the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen.

The two Red Bulls got off to two opposite starts, pole sitter Vettel taking an early lead while Webber found himself going backwards as Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg all got passed him.

While Hamilton made an early move past Webber, he was unable to make his move on Vettel stick into turn two, and the two made contact, damaging Hamilton’s front-wing end-plate.

On lap eight, Webber was the first to pit, but the Red Bull found his already-poor position of ninth, got even worse as he exited in 18th.

But the drama didn’t end there, when several laps later, Webber found himself upside down in a collision with Kovalainen, while fighting for position at the back of the field. The horrific crash saw Webber launch off the back of the Lotus, flying upside down, before landing on his side and sliding into the barrier at turn 12. Despite the impact, Webber walked away from the accident.

The safety car was deployed and Button was the first of the front runners to be able to pit. The front four of Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso and Massa, continued round the track, Vettel ahead of the safety car, Hamilton overtaking it for what later turned into a drive-through penalty, while Alonso and Massa got caught up behind the safety car.

All four eventually pitted, Hamilton taking a new front wing for the earlier damage. Alonso and Massa got held up queuing in the Ferrari pits, and both lost out when rejoining the track.

At the restart, Vettel ran wide into the final turn, but kept Hamilton at bay, the pair leading Kamui Kobayashi, who was yet to pit, Button, Barrichello, Kubica, Sebastien Buemi, Adrian Sutil, Alonso and Hulkenberg into the first corner, as the top ten.

Hamilton was then served his drive-through penalty for overtaking the safety car, serving it on lap 27, after building up a considerable gap to third-placed Kobayashi, who had been backing the pack up. Hamilton maintained second, much to the annoyance of Alonso, who had initially complained about Hamilton.

Hamilton then started to take time out of Vettel, but was unable to catch him, the German finishing first, ahead of Hamilton and Button, who had claimed third when Kobayashi finally pitted.

Barrichello finished fourth, Kubica fifth, and Sutil sixth, ahead of Kobayashi in seventh, who managed to catch and pass Alonso and Buemi, stealing points from the squabbling pair, following his pitstop in the closing laps. Buemi finished in eighth, with Alonso ninth and Pedro de la Rosa tenth.

Stewards investigations are still pending for several of the top ten finishers, including Button, Barrichello, Kubica, Sutil, Buemi and De la Rosa, as well as Hulkenberg, Vitaly Petrov and Vitantonio Liuzzi for speeding behind the safety car. All could receive penalties, and it could effect the finishing positions, with the possibility of Kobayashi elevating to third. The results of the investigation will follow.

Hamilton’s second place helps to retain his lead in the championship on 127 points, six ahead of Button on 121. Vettel elevates to third on 115, with Webber still on 103 and Alonso on 96.

The next race is in Britain in two weeks time, with the renewed Silverstone circuit once again hosting the British Grand Prix, after very nearly losing out to Donnington. Qualifying is on Saturday 10th July, with the race live on Sunday 11th at 1pm.

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  1. […] The two Red Bulls got off to two opposite starts, pole sitter Vettel taking an early lead while Webber found himself going backwards as Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg all got passed him… More […]



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