2012 European Grand Prix race results

Bitterly disappointed on Saturday, Luca di Montezemolo chose the wrong moment to return to Italy.

Bitterly disappointed on Saturday, Luca di Montezemolo chose the wrong moment to return to Italy.

The imperious Ferrari president, on a rare paddock visit, was visibly upset after Fernando Alonso qualified just eleventh at Valencia.

24 hours later, Spaniard Alonso was the darling not only of his team, but also of the rapturous partisan crowd in Spain's host port city -- and the only multiple race winner of 2012 and the new runaway championship leader by a huge 20 points.

Also on the podium were two other Ferrari champions: Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen who finished third, and Michael Schumacher, thoroughly enjoying the first podium of his comeback with Mercedes.

In the thrilling European grand prix, major title contenders Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton failed to score at all -- the Red Bull succumbing to a sudden failure whilst commandingly leading, and a furious McLaren driver crashing with Pastor Maldonado.

Romain Grosjean was another casualty, who was a contender to challenge Alonso until his Lotus failed.

"He was one of the big stars of today," said former team owner Eddie Jordan on British BBC1 television.

An unusually-emotional Alonso picked up a Spanish flag on the slowing down lap and then his F2012 broke down in front of the grandstands, where he enjoyed a dance with his delighted countrymen.

"The stands were full of colour and Spanish flags and, after the (Spanish) footballers won at Euro 2012, I am feeling very proud to be Spanish at the moment," he said.

"Nothing really compares to this one," he said.

2012 European Grand Prix results

 

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:44:16.649

11

25

2

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

+6.4 secs

5

18

3

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

+12.6 secs

12

15

4

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

+13.6 secs

19

12

5

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

+19.9 secs

8

10

6

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

+21.1 secs

6

8

7

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

+22.8 secs

10

6

8

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

+24.6 secs

9

4

9

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

+27.7 secs

15

2

10

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

+34.6 secs

3

1

11

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

+35.9 secs

14

 

12

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

+37.0 secs

17

 

13

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

+75.8 secs

20

 

14

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

+94.6 secs

16

 

15

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

+96.5 secs

23

 

16

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

+1 Lap

13

 

17

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

+1 Lap

21

 

18

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

+1 Lap

22

 

19

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

Accident

2

 

Ret

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

+17 Laps

4

 

Ret

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

+24 Laps

1

 

Ret

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

+24 Laps

7

 

Ret

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

+31 Laps

18

 

DNS

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

DNS

 

 

 

 

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