July 3, 2010

2010 F1 European Grand Prix Review

View of start at Valencia street circuit on June 27, 2010.
Photo by Alberto Saiz / AP Photo.

The 2010 F1 European Grand Prix was held in Valencia, Spain last weekend. From the final practice to qualifying and on through post race reaction, the following list of title linked articles cover this Formula One race. This year, the race was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Links to preview posts and other interesting F1 items published on the internet, but not having to do with this event specifically, may be found in the last couple regular Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' blog entries.

Final practice - Red Bulls split by Renault
Posted at Formula1.com on June 26, 2010

Sebastian Vettel pushed Robert Kubica off the top slot on the final lap of a gripping final practice session in Valencia this morning, as the leading runners slogged it out and those with ‘blown’ diffuser aerodynamics leapt ahead of the McLaren duo that had ruled the roost in Turkey and Canada...

Qualifying - Vettel beats Webber to pole in Valencia
Posted at Formula1.com on June 26, 2010

Red Bull picked up their pole position string again in Valencia on Saturday afternoon, as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber sewed up the front row for the European Grand Prix. Going into the final runs of Q3 it was the Australian who held the advantage, but Vettel put a superb lap together to snatch the premier starting slot away...

Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com on June 26, 2010

BMW Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi on once again missing the Q2 cut; Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher on struggling into 12th and 15th respectively on the Valencia grid; Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg on making the top-ten shootout for only the second time; and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on his fourth pole of the year. All 24 drivers, and senior team personnel, review Saturday’s action in Valencia...

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Europe
Posted at Formula1.com on June 26, 2010

Drivers: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 1m 37.587s, 2. Mark Webber (Red Bull), 1m 37.662s and 3. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 1m 37.969s

Q: Sebastian, congratulations. Fastest man in final practice, quickest man in Q1, Q2 and when it counts, in Q3. And as the team said on the radio ‘Welcome Back’.
Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, it is good. The last couple of races we didn’t have a very smooth run. Saturdays usually we were quite okay but then Sundays sometimes was a bit rough but it is good...

Qualifying analysis - are Red Bull back in the game?
Posted at Formula1.com on June 26, 2010

After being beaten by McLaren and Ferrari in Canada, Red Bull were in fighting form on Saturday with Sebastian Vettel taking pole position in Valencia from team mate Mark Webber. With McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in third, and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa making up the top five, we’re set for a thrilling European Grand Prix. We take a team-by-team look at how all the runners performed...

Paddock Postcard from Valencia
Posted at Formula1.com on June 27, 2010

Valencia marks the 500th race for the Lotus marque, as Lotus Racing team principal Tony Fernandes celebrated in style as Clive Chapman, son of Colin, and his family attended the race as his guests and brought the original F1 Lotus - the 12 - to partner the T127s. Both of the new cars bore 500th race logos, and at a dinner for team friends on Saturday night Fernandes again made it clear how faithfully he intends to carry Colin Chapman’s flame...

Race - Vettel wins amid drama in Valencia
Posted at Formula1.com on June 27, 2010

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel bounced himself back into contention for the world championship with an easy European Grand Prix win in Valencia on a day when a spectacular back flip left Mark Webber on the sidelines in the other Red Bull.Vettel led from the start, defending strongly against a forceful Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the first corner, as Webber was hung out to dry in the heavy traffic and dropped to ninth from second on the grid...

European Grand Prix - selected team & driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com on June 27, 2010

Red Bull’s Mark Webber on his dramatic collision with Lotus’s Heikki Kovalainen; Kamui Kobayashi on overtaking his way to seventh for BMW Sauber; Fernando Alonso on a frustrating race for Ferrari; and Sebastian Vettel on clinching his second win of the year in the Red Bull. All 24 drivers, and senior team personnel, report back on Sunday’s race...

Formula 1 2010 TELEFONICA Grand Prix of Europe Highlights Race Edit [HD]
Posted at YouTube by formula1hd

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Includes Mark Webber's crash.

Ten drivers handed post-race penalties
Posted at Formula1.com on June 27, 2010

Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Nico Hulkenberg, Robert Kubica, Vitaly Petrov, Adrian Sutil, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Sebastien Buemi and Pedro de la Rosa have all received penalties from the Valencia stewards for safety-car rule infringements...

FIA post-race press conference - Europe
Posted at Formula1.com on June 27, 2010

1st Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 1h40m29.571s; 2nd Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 1h40m34.613s; 3rd Jenson Button (McLaren), 1h40m37.229s.

Q: Sebastian, fourth time of asking and you finally convert one of those poles into a race win.
Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, it is about time I would say. It wasn’t the easiest way so far but what happened, happened. We cannot change it but it is good to be back and on a circuit where we didn’t expect to be that strong, to be quick enough all the time in the race to slightly pull away, find the gap, and then carry the car home...

Lewis Hamilton Q&A: Penalty was fair
Posted at Formula1.com on June 27, 2010

Despite a McLaren not as quick as the Red Bull and a drive-through penalty for passing the safety car, Lewis Hamilton still managed to bag second place in Valencia, much to the disgust of former team mate Fernando Alonso. Hamilton, who retained his lead in the driver standings, felt his penalty was fair and is now looking forward to an upgraded MP4-25 for his home race in two weeks’ time...

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: European victory a surprise
Posted at Formula1.com on June 27, 2010

Sebastian Vettel got his title challenge back on track on Sunday after ending his recent victory drought with an excellent win in Valencia. A minor brush with Lewis Hamilton aside, it was a flawless performance from the German, who then went on to see his nation defeat England in their World Cup clash. A good day all round then...

Europe analysis - Vettel back on the title trail
Posted at Formula1.com on June 28, 2010

Given Red Bull’s pace this season, it’s hard to believe that Sebastian Vettel’s European Grand Prix victory was only his second win of the season. Lewis Hamilton may have extended his championship lead with second place, but Vettel now has him - and McLaren team mate Jenson Button - firmly back in his sights. It was not such a great afternoon for two other title contenders, with Mark Webber’s dramatic crash and Fernando Alonso losing out under the safety car, leaving the Spaniard and Ferrari infuriated. We take a team-by-team look back at Sunday’s events in Valencia...

Webber: I'll be fully fit for Silverstone
Posted at Formula1.com on June 28, 2010

Red Bull Mark Webber insists his high-speed crash in Sunday’s European Grand Prix will not hamper his preparations for the next round of the championship at Silverstone. Webber emerged largely unscathed from the 300 km/h shunt, after running into the back of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus...

Permane: Renault were set for Valencia podium
Posted at Formula1.com on June 28, 2010

On the face of it, Robert Kubica’s fifth place in Sunday’s European Grand Prix looked like a good result for Renault. However, had it not been for a bit of bad luck with the timing of the safety car the team are convinced it could have been a whole lot better, as chief race engineer Alan Permane explained in his post-race debrief...

Sam Michael Q&A: Williams targeting more points
Posted at Formula1.com on June 30, 2010

From ninth on the Valencia grid to a fourth-place finish, Williams’ Rubens Barrichello - and his FW32 - enjoyed a very strong European Grand Prix. And although Nico Hulkenberg’s race ended prematurely, he had also been running in the top ten in the second Williams. Overall it was a successful outing for the British team, and Sam Michael, Williams’ technical director, is confident they will be equally competitive at the forthcoming Silverstone race...

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