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Friday, August 29, 2008
European Grand Prix - Valencia Spain
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Felipe Massa Gives Ferrari The Win In Spain

Felipe Massa, driving his Ferrari Formula 1 car, won the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain last Sunday. The 57 lap race which covered a total distance of approximately 310 kms, occurred on the beautiful Valencia street circuit throughout Valencia's port and in front of many large sailing and motor yachts. Lewis Hamilton was second in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car, crossing the finish line 5.6 seconds after Massa, and third was taken by Robert Kubica in the BMW Sauber.

Massa's win gave him a total of 64 points in the Driver's Championship, 6 points behind Lewis Hamilton, who managed to increase his total to 70 points after this second place finish in Spain. In the Constructor's Championship, Ferrari leads with 121 points versus 113 for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, who are in second place.

At the start of the race, (see photo) Massa held pole position with Lewis Hamilton in second, and when the lights went green the field pulled away with the front of the grid pretty much maintaining qualifying order, but for Heikki Kovalainen, who was able to overtake Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) to take fourth position behind Kubica in the BMW Sauber in third.

By Lap 10, Felipe Massa held the lead, with Lewis Hamiton in pursuit, 3.8 seconds behind. Third and fourth were held by Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) and Heikki Kovalainen (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) respectively. On Lap 15, Massa took his Ferrari in for a pit stop and Hamilton took the lead. Two laps later, on Lap 17, Hamilton also went into the pits for his first stop.

By Lap 44, after the front pack had completed their second series of pits, the  race order was Massa in the lead, followed by Hamilton in second, and Kubica in third. On Lap 57, the final lap, it was primarily a race between Massa and Hamilton, with a gap of 5.6 seconds separating the two at the finish line. Robert Kubica crossed the finish line 37.4 seconds behind Massa's time to take third, followed by Kovalainen 2.3 seconds later, who took fourth place.

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