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Last Updated: Sunday August 24 2008 20:01 GMT

Massa beats Hamilton in new race

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa is closing in on Lewis Hamilton at the top of the Formula One driver's championship after winning the new European Grand Prix in Spain.

Massa started in pole position for Ferrari and kept Hamilton's McLaren behind him, in second place, as they raced around the streets of Valencia.

He risked losing the win after his team released him into the path of another car after his second pit stop.

But after an investigation, stewards decided to fine Ferrari instead.

They said what happened wasn't safe, but Massa hadn't gained any advantage from it.

Championship lead

Meanwhile, BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica finished third.

Current champion Kimi Raikkonen, who was just five points behind Hamilton before the race, had to retire, leaving him trailing 13 points behind the leader.

Hamilton now has a six point lead over Massa in the world championship, while Raikkonen has dropped in the standings to third.