Fernando Alonso took the chequered flag for Ferrari as he won a wonderful, eventful European Grand Prix to the delight of his home fans at Valencia. In a race that had a bit of everything, Alonso was opportunistic, put in the fast charge when he needed it, pulled off the overtaking manoeuvres and stayed out of trouble in the chaos around him to take a memorable victory especially having started outside the top 10. Kimi Raikkonen was second for the Lotus in a considered drive that bodes well for his and Lotusâ€™ future. It was great delight for Michael Schumacher as he clinched the final podium place in his first podium since his return.
It could all have ended so differently had it not been for a safety car incident and a spate of retirements that followed it. Sebastian Vettel who was on pole had stormed ahead and was cruising with Romain Grosjean in second place well ahead of Hamilton who was in third at that stage. But Vettel was forced to retire and surrendered his lead to Alonso in the process. Grosjean followed suit a few laps down the road and Hamilton came together with Maldonado late in the race to crash out of a probable podium place.