New Delhi: Fernando Alonso won the thrilling Valencia Grand Prix. Despite starting from 11th Position the Spaniard moved up from the starting and he had jumped into eighth place very quickly. He was up to third when the safety cars came out, but snatch the second place from Grosjean on the 34th lap when race restarted and took the pole position from Vettel after he went out of the race. Sebastian Vettel would win the race with ease, but a reliability problem shown him door.
The biggest setback of the race came on 56th lap when Maldonado and Hamilton collided and Hamilton's McLaren being pitched into the wall and he lost valuable 12 point. Maldonado had said after the race that he thought Hamilton was to blame for the accident.
"I don't know why he drove like that," Maldonado said. "He was struggling too much with the tyres. He was completely lost and at that moment I was getting very good pace. He tried a very aggressive move on me."
Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher delighted by their late surge. The Aussie delighted with his fourth-place finish in the European GP. Having suffered hydraulic and DRS problems in Saturday's qualifying, Webber was out of position at the start of Sunday's race as he was down in 19th place. He got off to a slow start but steadily came forward with good strategy and number front retirements. On the other hand Schumacher thrilled by his podium finish first time after he came back to F1. He pitted on 44th lap and the fresh tire gave him good opportunity to get past Nico Roseberg, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez and ForceIndia F1 duo Paul Diresta and Nico Hulkenberg and finally the collision of Maldonado and Hamilton was icing on the cake for him.
And it was a mixed result for Lotus Team, Raikkonen had easy second place but Grosjean was out of the race due to an electrical failure.
Sahara Force India enjoyed its strongest performance of the year as Nico Hülkenberg and Paul Di Resta raced to fifth and seventh places respectively in Valencia, earning the team 16 world championship points.
After the race Nico Hulkenberg, Paul Diresta and Team Principal & Managing Director Dr Vijjay Mallya said:
Nico Hülkenberg (VJM05/03)
Nico: “A great result for everyone in the team today and for me personally. Fifth place is a great achievement after a very long and difficult race. The two-stop strategy worked well, but the last stint was very long and it was hard to hold off the cars behind me on fresher tyres in the last few laps. So the race was a bit messy at times, but very entertaining and it feels great to come through and score such a good result for the team. We got a bit lucky with some cars dropping out, but we were in the right place to capitalise on things so I’m very happy about today.”
Paul Di Resta (VJM05/02)
Paul: “We went very aggressive by only stopping once and in fact we were the only car to pull off this strategy. Of course, when you’re stopping once you really don’t want a safety car period and it certainly hurt my race and cost me some track position. But with the way the race unfolded we can’t be too disappointed to finish seventh and it’s great to have another two-car points finish. On the whole our relative pace through the race was strong, but it was hard to keep the tyre performance towards the end and I was really fighting the car in the closing laps. There was some attrition ahead of us, but we were there to pick up the points when it mattered.”
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director “A thoroughly enjoyable race today and I’m delighted to see our cars come home in fifth and seventh places, our strongest result of the season and Nico’s best finish in Formula One. It was a rollercoaster race with many twists and turns, but I feel we have come away with the points we deserved given our performance level this weekend. Both drivers pushed hard, kept out of trouble and made their different strategies work. Paul recovered the ground he lost under the safety car and Nico had to drive most of the race without KERS, so it was an excellent performance by him. The result today sets us up perfectly for Silverstone in two weeks’ time where we will be determined to build on this momentum in our local race.”