28 Jun 2010

Vettel charges to European GP victory

6:30 am on 28 June 2010

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has won the European Grand Prix while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has doubled his championship lead by finishing runner-up in Valencia for the third year in a row.

The Formula One world champion Jenson Button finished third for McLaren after an afternoon full of incident, controversy and uncertainty at a street circuit that has offered few thrills in the past.

Vettel's team-mate, Mark Webber, provided the day's big drama when he walked away unscathed from a massive crash.

The Australian's car was launched vertically into the air after slamming into the back of Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus, the Red Bull twisting in the air and landing upside down on the nose and roll bar.

Hamilton started three points clear of his team mate and now has 127 points to Button's 121 after nine races with Vettel on 115 after chalking up his second win of the season.