Sebastian Vettel Wins Crash-Marred European GP
On a day when his teammate Mark Webber was involved in a dangerous crash, Sebastian Vettel rose to the occasion for Red Bull as he won the European GP at the Valencia Street Circuit in Spain for his second victory of the season.
Vettel, who started on pole, finished ahead of current championship leader Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren team mate Jenson Button, to move up in the standings from fifth to third. Vettel has 115 points after nine races, 12 points off Hamilton and six adrift of defending champion Button, who is one of nine drivers subject to a post-race investigation for breaking the speed limit while the safety car was out following the Webber crash.
Webber, who started from the second grid, had just come out from an early pit stop when he hit the rear of Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen’s car. Webber’s Red Bull flew into the air before coming back onto the circuit upside down. The car flipped and careened into the tire wall. Luckily, Webber was able to come out practically unscathed.
Aside from Button, others who are under investigation and in danger of losing points are Rubens Barrichello, Robert Kubica, Adrian Sutil, and Sebastien Buemi, who all finished in the top 10.