Formula One

Fernando Alonso takes Victory in the most exciting European GP ever!

Sebastian Vettel on his DNF: “The engine stalled, the engine switched off and there’s nothing that we could have done – at the moment we don’t know what the problem was – maybe it was similar to the issue Mark [Webber] had on Friday,” said afterwards.

The safety car was obviously not ideal for us and it might be that the retirement in some regards is also down to the safety car so it’s a shame.

It’s s**t but you can’t change it now,” he added. “I think up to that point it was clear that we were very strong and I felt happy in the car. We had the pace and we were very, very quick today. I was surprised, it felt really good. Also after the safety car the initial restart was okay so…

It’s okay,” he said. “There is not much we could have done better today. It’s just reliability. We all work on the limit and so does the car so, surely it’s a shame, but I think up to that point we did everything right. Perfect pitstops, perfect start, perfect race. I think everyone has seen what would have happened.

Would, could, should; I’m standing here and they are still racing so no chance to win today, but a good step this weekend and hopefully we can carry that momentum into the next grand prix.

More to follow…

Pos Driver Team Time
 1.  Alonso        Ferrari                    1h44:16.449
 2.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +     6.421
 3.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    12.639
 4.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    13.628
 5.  Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes       +    19.993
 6.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    21.176
 7.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +    22.866
 8.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    24.653
 9.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +    27.777
10.  Maldonado     Williams-Renault           +    34.653
11.  Senna         Williams-Renault           +    35.961
12.  Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    37.041
13.  Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +  1:15.871
14.  Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +  1:34.654
15.  Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:36.551
16.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     1 lap
17.  De la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth               +     1 lap
18.  Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth               +     1 lap
19.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    2 laps