Alonso claims Valencia win

Updated: June 25, 2012

Local hero Fernando Alonso became the first man to win two Formula One races this year by driving his Ferrari to victory in the European Grand Prix.

Alonso, who picked up a Spanish flag to wave on his victorious slowing down lap, came home first ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus and third-placed seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, 43, of Mercedes.

In a dramatic finale, Lewis Hamilton of McLaren crashed out after a final lap collision with Pastor Maldonado of Williams, an incident that hoisted Schumacher into the top three to make him the oldest podium finisher since Australian Jack Brabham, in 1970, when he was 44.

Defending double world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was forced to retire after dominating most of the race from pole position as also was his nearest challenger, Romain Grosjean of Lotus.

Mark Webber, who started 19th, came home fourth for Red Bull ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Nico Rosberg who was sixth for Mercedes. Alonso now leads the drivers’ standings on 111 points, from Webber on 91, Hamilton on 88 and Vettel four points further adrift in fourth.

1. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 1hr 44min 16.649sec
2. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus) at 6.421s
3. Michael Schumacher (GER/Mercedes) 12.639
4. Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull) 13.628
5. Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Force India) 19.993
6. Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India) 22.866
7. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 21.176
8. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren Mercedes) 24.653
9. Sergio Perez (MEX/Sauber) 27.777
10. Bruno Senna (BRA/Williams) 35.961