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The 2010 European Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LIV Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe, was the ninth round of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Valencia Street Circuit in Valencia, Spain, on 27 June 2010.[1][2] The race would see Sebastian Vettel claim a dominant victory for Red Bull-Renault, as Lewis Hamilton extended his Championship lead.[2]

Qualifying would be an all Red Bull affair, as Vettel beat teammate Mark Webber to pole position as they completed a front-row lockout.[2] Hamilton would start from third ahead of the two Ferraris, while both Renaults, both Williams-Cosworths and Jenson Button had also got into Q3.[2]

The start of the race saw Hamilton make the best start, the Brit sweeping past Webber before sending a lunge Vettel into turn two, the first corner with a braking zone.[2] That lunge resulted in contact between Vettel's right rear and the front left of Hamilton's car, damaging the Brit's front wing and knocking his front left wheel out of balance.[2]

Behind, Webber would slip behind both Ferraris and hence get into a fight with Button, with contact between the pair resulting in the #6 Red Bull spinning down to ninth.[2] Elsewhere, Vitaly Petrov plummeted to the back of the field after making a mess of his start, while contact amongst the back markers left Jarno Trulli with a broken front wing.[2]

With that the race settled down remarkably quickly, with Vettel easing away from Hamilton, while the Brit scampered clear of the Ferraris.[2] Webber, meanwhile, would find himself mired behind the two Williams-Cosworths and in a queue of cars, prompting him to make an early stop on lap seven.[2]

That stop left Webber in eighteenth behind the cluster of new cars, and hence with a huge speed differential with fresh tyres and a front running car.[2] He quickly pulled onto the back of Heikki Kovalainen on the back straight on lap nine, but got caught out by the Finn's early braking point in the inferior Lotus-Cosworth.[2]

The Red Bull slammed into the back of the green-yellow machine and was flicked into the air, striking an advertising hoarding above the circuit before slamming back onto the ground nose first.[2] Webber's car then skated into the barriers and was left shattered in the wall, although the Australian racer emerged unharmed as the Safety Car was deployed.[2]

The appearance of the SC would see several drivers make their stops immediately, including Robert Kubica and Button in fifth and sixth.[2] Hamilton, meanwhile, would cause more controversy by overtaking the SC after it was released from the pits, for it had shot out onto the circuit in between the Brit and race leader Vettel.[2]

Vettel and Hamilton would both dive into the pits for their stops and rejoin still at the head of the field, while Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, having remained behind the SC before stopping, would tumble down the field.[2] The restart came on lap fourteen with Vettel reclaiming the lead, fending off a run from Hamilton into turn two after a mistake in the final corner.[2]

With that the duo were away, for Alonso and Massa had emerged in the midfield and outside of the top ten, and hence were no longer a threat.[2] Vettel and Hamilton would spend the rest of the afternoon trading fastest laps, while Button battled up to third and various failures and retirements thinned the field.[2]

With that the race was run, with Vettel holding a fair lead over Hamilton through to the chequered flag, reigniting his title challenge.[2] Button completed the podium ahead of former teammate Rubens Barrichello, the pair among several drivers to be slapped with a five second time penalty for speeding behind the safety car, while Kubica finished fifth ahead of Adrian Sutil.[2] Kamui Kobayashi, Sébastien Buemi, Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa completed the scorers.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Lewis Hamilton had moved to the top of the Championship hunt with his second straight victory, claiming 109 points over the opening eight rounds. Jenson Button had retained second, sitting three behind his teammate on 106 points, while Mark Webber had dropped to third on 103 points. Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel were next up to complete the top five, the first of those in the field yet to breach the 100 point mark.

In the Constructors Championship it had been another very good afternoon for McLaren-Mercedes, as their one-two moved them onto 215 points for the season. Red Bull-Renault had therefore slipped 22 points behind the leaders, while Ferrari were a further 32 points behind. Mercedes were in fourth as the final team over the 100 point barrier, while Renault completed the top five.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2010 European Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
20 India Karun Chandhok Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
20 Austria Christian Klien Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2010 European Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:38.324 1 1:38.015 1 1:37.587 1
2 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 6 1:38.549 2 1:38.041 2 1:37.662 2
3 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:38.697 5 1:38.158 3 1:37.969 3
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 5 1:38.472 6 1:38.179 4 1:38.075 4
5 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 7 1:38.657 3 1:38.046 5 1:38.127 5
6 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 1 1:38.132 4 1:38.062 6 1:38.137 6
7 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:38.360 8 1:38.399 7 1:38.210 7
8 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 10 1:38.843 9 1:38.523 8 1:38.428 8
9 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 4 1:38.449 7 1:38.326 9 1:38.428 9
10 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 14 1:39.004 10 1:38.552 10 1:38.523 10
11 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:39.096 11 1:38.586 11
12 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 9 1:38.752 12 1:38.627 12
13 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 15 1:39.021 13 1:38.851 13
14 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 11 1:38.969 14 1:38.884 14
15 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 12 1:38.994 15 1:39.324 15
16 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 13 1:39.003 16 1:39.264 16
17 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:39.128 17 1:39.548 17
18 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 18 1:39.343 18
19 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 19 1:40.658 19
20 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 20 1:40.882 20
21 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 21 1:42.086 21
22 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 22 1:42.140 22
23 20 India Karun Chandhok Spain HRT-Cosworth 23 1:42.600 23
24 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 24 1:42.851 24
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Lewis Hamilton
Fernando Alonso ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Felipe Massa
Robert Kubica ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Jenson Button
Nico Hülkenberg ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Rubens Barrichello
Vitaly Petrov ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Sébastien Buemi
Nico Rosberg ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Adrian Sutil
Vitantonio Liuzzi ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Michael Schumacher
Pedro de la Rosa ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Jaime Alguersuari
Kamui Kobayashi ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jarno Trulli
Heikki Kovalainen ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Lucas di Grassi
Timo Glock ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Karun Chandhok
Bruno Senna ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2010 European Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 57 1:40:29.571 1 25
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +5.042s 3 18
3* 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +12.658s 7 15
4* 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 57 +25.627s 9 12
5* 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 57 +27.122s 6 10
6* 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 57 +30.168s 13 8
7 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 57 +30.965s 18 6
8 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 57 +32.809s 4 4
9* 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 +36.299s 11 2
10 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 57 +44.382s 12 1
11 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 57 +46.621s 5
12* 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 57 +47.414s 16
13 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 +48.239s 17
14* 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 57 +48.287s 10
15 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 57 +48.826s 15
16* 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 57 +50.890s 14
17 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 21
18 20 India Karun Chandhok Spain HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 23
19 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 22
20 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 24
21 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 53 +4 Laps 19
Ret 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 49 Exhaust 8
Ret 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 8 Damage 20
Ret 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 8 Collision 2
Source:[5]
  • * Button, Barrichello, Kubica, Sutil, Buemi, de la Rosa, Petrov and Liuzzi all received five second time penalties for speeding behind the safety car by entering the pitlane.[5]
  • Glock was awarded a 20 second time penalty for ignoring blue flags.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Lewis Hamilton had extended his Championship lead as a result of the season's second trip to Spain, leaving Valencia with 127 points to his credit. He therefore inched six further ahead of teammate Jenson Button in second, while Sebastian Vettel had shot up to third with 115 point after his win. Mark Webber had slipped to fourth after his spectacular exit in Valenica, while Fernando Alonso completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had moved onto 248 points after their fourth double podium of the campaign, establishing a 30 point lead. Red Bull-Renault were their closest challengers after nine rounds, on 218 points, while Ferrari had slipped 83 points behind in third. Mercedes were next ahead of Renault, as none of the new constructors managed to score once again.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 127
2 United Kingdom Jenson Button 121
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 115 ▲2
4 Australia Mark Webber 103 ▼1
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 98 ▼1
6 Poland Robert Kubica 83 ▲1
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 75 ▼1
8 Brazil Felipe Massa 67
9 Germany Michael Schumacher 34
10 Germany Adrian Sutil 31
11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 19 ▲1
12 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 12 ▼1
13 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 7 ▲3
14 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 7
15 Russia Vitaly Petrov 6 ▼2
16 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 3 ▼1
17 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 248
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 218
3 Italy Ferrari 165
4 Germany Mercedes 109
5 France Renault 89
6 India Force India-Mercedes 43
7 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 20 ▲1
8 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10 ▼1
9 Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 7

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 Craig Llewellyn, 'Vettel wins European GP', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 27/06/2010), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/161083/1/vettel-victorious-in-valencia, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
  3. 'Europe 2010: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/europe/engages.aspx, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
  4. '2010 FORMULA 1 TELEFÓNICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2010), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2010/races/868/europe/qualifying.html, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'Europe 2010: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/europe/classement.aspx, (Accessed 27/03/2020)
V T E Europe European Grand Prix
Circuits Brands Hatch (1983, 1985), Nürburgring (1984, 1995–1996, 1999–2007), Donington (1993), Jerez (1994, 1997), Valencia (2008–2012), Baku (2016) Baku City Circuit
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Race Drivers 1 Button | 2 Hamilton | 3 Schumacher | 4 Rosberg | 5 Vettel | 6 Webber | 7 Massa | 8 Alonso | 9 Barrichello | 10 Hülkenberg | 11 Kubica | 12 Petrov | 14 Sutil | 15 Liuzzi | 16 Buemi | 17 Alguersuari | 18 Trulli | 19 Kovalainen | 20 Chandhok | 20 Klien | 20/21 Yamamoto | 21 Senna | 22 de la Rosa | 22 Heidfeld | 23 Kobayashi | 24 Glock | 25 di Grassi
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