Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel took out the Valencia leg of the European Grand Prix on Sunday, securing his sixth win in eight races of the 2011 Formula One season.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won a tight battle with Red Bull’s Mark Webber for second which earned the Spaniard his first podium in Valencia.
Alonso was happy with his performance, saying: “Second place is the maximum we can have these days, so it’s very good to be sitting between the two Red Bulls.
After finishing second in each of the three previous races at this venue, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was a distant fourth, 46secs behind Vettel.
Vettel now leads the championship by 77 points and this is the first time a driver has finished first or second in the opening eight races of the a season.
Felipe Massa was fifth for Ferrari and Jenson Button, jubilant victor at the last round, was a distant sixth.
“It looked like a boring race, but I enjoyed it so much,” Vettel said in the post-race press conference.
“For every single lap it was just me and the car. The team have done a phenomenal job preparing the car. We managed to put everything together and I’m very happy with the result,” he added.
“If we have the chance to win then we have to take it. If the day comes and we are not competitive enough, and we are good enough for third, we have to finish third and not seventh.
“At the moment we all enjoy it. It is incredible the achievement and the step the team made in the last two or three years.