At least half the Red Bull Renault Formula One team had a good weekend in Valencia, Spain. After capturing the pole position, Sebastian Vettel went on to take the win at this Sunday’s European Grand Prix. His teammate, Mark Webber, who started outside of Vettel in P2, had his weekend cut short in a huge crash with Heikki Kovalainen.
Webber, who had fallen back to 9th position, desperately needed to pass the Lotus of Kovalainen to catch the race’s front runners. Misjudging how quickly Kovalainen was slowing for a corner, Webber’s Renault hit the Lotus in the right rear wheel. The impact launched Webber’s car, which landed upside down before rolling and sliding into the tire barrier at triple digit speeds. Despite the severity of the crash, Webber walked away with no significant injuries.
Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) briefly challenged Vettel for the lead in the second corner of the race. Hamilton was unable to make his pass stick, and had to settle for second position throughout the race. Despite being assessed a stop-and-go penalty for passing the safety car, Hamilton finished in the second spot and retains the overall lead in the driver’s championship standings. Hamilton’s teammate, Jenson Button, claimed the last podium position.