Formula One: Vettel Dominates European Grand Prix

Sebastian-Vettel-2011No late race collapse this time.

Sebastian Vettel led from start to finish in a blistering Sunday at the Valencia Street Circuit in Spain to win the Grand Prix of Europe for the Red Bull driver’s sixth victory from eight races in the 2011 Formula One season.

Unlike in Canada earlier this month when Jenson Button overtook him in the final lap, Vettel was in control and was never threatened the whole race. The 23-year-old German took the checkered flag 10.8 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Red Bull’s Mark Webber suffered gearbox problems late in the race to settle for the last podium spot, 27.2 seconds behind Vettel.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa of Ferrari, and Button came in fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Nico Roseberg, Jaime Alguersuari, Adrian Sutil, and Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top ten. Vettel now leads the championship race with 186 points on six wins and two second place finishes, almost 80 points ahead of Button and Webber, who both have 109 points. Former champions Hamilton and Alonso are fourth and fifth with 97 and 87 points, respectively.