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Formula One - European Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, June 24th
SITE: Valencia Street Circuit (2008) -- Valencia, Spain
TRACK: 5.419 km (3.367 miles), 25-turn semi-permanent street course
CAPACITY: 112,000
ANNUAL: 21st
TELEVISION: FOX (tape delay - noon ET)
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 57
MILES: 191.931 (308.883 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 minute, 28.351 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2001 (1 hour, 29 minutes, 42.724 seconds)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel16Jenson Button6
2Fernando Alonso47Nico Rosberg7
3Mark Webber28Jaime Alguersuari18
4Lewis Hamilton39Adrian Sutil10
5Felipe Massa510Nick Heidfeld9
2011 European Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 186.068 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 39 minutes, 36.169 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 10.891 seconds
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 24
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 7
FASTEST LAP: Sebastian Vettel, 1:41.852, Lap 53
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:36.975)
Past European Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1st) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 184.420 kph/1:40:29.571
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel (1st) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 184.420 kph/1:40:29.571
2009 -- Rubens Barrichello (3rd) -- Brawn -- 193.344 k.p.h./1:35:51.289
2008 -- Felipe Massa (1st) -- Ferrari -- 193.983 k.p.h./1:35:32.339
2007 -- Fernando Alonso (2nd)-- McLaren-Mercedes -- 146.556 k.p.h./2:06:26.358
2006 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 193.080 k.p.h./1:35.765
2005 -- Fernando Alonso (6th) -- Renault -- 198.555 k.p.h./1:31:46.648
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 200.159 k.p.h./1:32:35.101
2003 -- Ralf Schumacher (3rd) -- Williams-BMW-- 195.633 k.p.h./1:34:43.622
2002 -- Rubens Barrichello (4th) -- Ferrari -- 194.741 k.p.h./1:35:07.426
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 204.143 k.p.h./1:29:42.724
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:42:00.307
1999 -- Johnny Herbert (14th) -- Stewart-Ford -- 1:41:54.314
1998 -- Not Held
1997 -- Mike Hakkinen (5th) -- McLaren-Mercedes - 1:38:57.771
1996 -- Jacques Villeneuve (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:33:26.473
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Benetton-Renault -- 1:39:59.044
1994 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Benetton-Ford-- 1:40:26.689
1993 -- Ayrton Senna (4th) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:50:46.570
1992 -- Not Held
1991 -- Not Held
1990 -- Not Held
1989 -- Not held
1988 -- Not held
1987 -- Not held
1986 -- Not held
1985 -- Nigel Mansell (3rd) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:32:58.109
1984 -- Alain Prost (2nd) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:35:13.284
1983 -- Nelson Piquet (4th) -- Brabham-BMW -- 1:36:45.865
 
NOTE: Race was 76 laps in 1983, 1993; 67 laps in 1984, 1995-96, 2000-01;
75 laps in 1985, 69 laps in 1994, 66 laps in 1999.
 
Past European Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1st
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1st
2009 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 2nd
2008 -- Felipe Massa -- 1st
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 14th
2006 -- Fernando Alonso -- 2nd
2005 -- Nick Heidfeld -- 2nd
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2003 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 20th
2002 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 20th
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2000 -- David Coulthard -- 3rd
1999 -- Heinz-Harald Frentzen -- 18th
1998 -- Not Held
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 3rd
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 4th
1995 -- David Coulthard -- 3rd
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 3rd
1992 -- Not Held
1991 -- Not Held
1990 -- Not Held
1989 -- Not held
1988 -- Not held
1987 -- Not held
1986 -- Not held
1985 -- Ayrton Senna -- 2nd
1984 -- Nelson Piquet -- 3rd
1983 -- Elio de Angelis -- 25th
Last Race Results
RACE: Canadian Grand Prix (June 10th)
SITE: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve -- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
LAPS: 70
MILES: 189.694 (305.270 km)
WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
RUNNER-UP: Romain Grosjean
THIRD: Sergio Perez
FOURTH: Sebastian Vettel
FIFTH: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 4th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 32 minutes, 29.586 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.513 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 198.027 k.p.h.
European Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Sebastian Vettel---------------6th20thWonWon
Fernando Alonso4th5thWon2ndWon20th6th8th2nd
Mark Webber6th7th20th20th3rd12th9th24th3rd
Lewis Hamilton------------9th2nd2nd2nd4th
Jenson Button7th3rd10th18th18th13th7th3rd6th
Nico Rosberg---------7th20th8th5th10th7th
Sergio Perez------------------------11th
Michael Schumacher5thWon5thWon---------15th17th
Pastor Maldonado------------------------18th
Kimi Raikkonen20th18th11th4th14th18th3rd------
Romain Grosjean------------------15th------
 
Mover of the Week
Sergio Perez - Started in the 15th position and finished 3rd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Darkhorse - Sergio Perez
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lewis Hamilton) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Sergio Perez) - Finished 3rd
 
NOTES:
Last year, Sebastian Vettel joined Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to win the European Grand Prix in consecutive years. Schumacher won this race in back-to-back years from 1994-95 and again from 2000-01.

Vettel put in a dominating performance in the 2011 European GP, leading all but one of the 57 laps. The Red Bull driver cruised to a 10.8 seconds win over Fernando Alonso. Currently third on the points list, Vettel has finished sixth or better in the last five races. He won the Bahrain Grand Prix in April.

Vettel also dominated this race in 2010, as he led from start to finish. He crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Vettel claimed his second win of the season in Valencia, Spain.

Both of Vettel's wins in the European GP have come from the pole position. The pole sitter has won this race three of the past four seasons and six times overall.

This is the fifth consecutive season that the European GP will be held in Valencia. Prior to Valencia, the race was held at the Nurburgring road course in Germany for nine consecutive years. This event is expected to remain in Valencia until 2014.

Rubens Barrichello won a F1 grand prix for the first time in five years after he benefited from Hamilton's costly pit road mistake in the 2009 European GP. Hamilton looked as though he was on the way to victory, but he was delayed during his final pit stop when McLaren was not properly prepared for a tire change. Barrichello captured the lead, and then held off Hamilton for the remainder of the event to win for the first time since the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix.

Starting on the pole in 2008, Felipe Massa raced to victory, as he defeated Hamilton by 5.6 seconds for his ninth career F1 title. Massa, who now owns 11 checkered flags, has recorded just three top-10 finishes in seven starts this year.

In 2007, Fernando Alonso took the checkered flag, as he cruised to a 8.1 seconds victory over Massa. Pole sitter Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish the race due to hydraulics and placed 14th. The win, his 3rd of four 2007 wins and 13th of his Formula One career, was held in Germany at the Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit. Alonso is a two-time winner of this race and now totals 28 career Formula One checkered flags.

Schumacher is a six-time winner of the European GP. Since coming out of retirement in 2010, he has finished no better than 15th in this race.

The next Formula One race is the July 8 British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England. Fernando Alonso is the defending race winner.

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As of June 19, 2012, at 12:36 PM ET

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