It was by far the most exciting race the Valencia street circuit has ever produced and it was won by a top performance from Fernando Alonso. I used to find this circuit boring, but the last couple of years the races here were very interesting. Vettel started to run away from the field, but his car stopped dead and new history was in the making. Alonso was in tears after winning in his home country. He also was the first driver this season to win twice. He broke the string of different winners.

In the last couple of laps Lewis Hamilton started to lose his grip allowing Kimi Raikkonen to slip into second. His highest finish since his return to Formula One. Hamilton then crashed out and Michael Schumacher moved to third for his first podium since he returned to Formula One. Mark Webber came in fourth which he has done every race this year....after starting 19th.

There may be a penalty against Schumacher which could cost him the third place. Which would allow some of the drivers to move up a notch. I hope they don't do it. It was a good race and everyone deserved to be where they were.

It was interesting in the post-race talk to note that each of these drivers had been World Champions under the Ferrari flag.

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