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European Grand Prix
Valencia, Spain, 22-24 August 2008



Lewis Hamilton waves to the crowd during the pre-race driver parade at the European Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton heads into the race confident of taking the fight to Felipe Massa's pole-position Ferrari

Felipe Massa leads the field at the first corner of the European Grand Prix

But Massa converts his pole position into a lead at the first corner while Hamilton as his hands full with Kubica's BMW

Fernando Alonso

The home fans' hopes were dashed when Alonso was punted into retirement by Nakajima's Williams on lap one

Felipe Massa leads the field over the bridge on the first lap of the European Grand Prix

Massa quickly builds a lead, pulling out 1.4secs on the first lap alone, to cement his position at the front

Felipe Massa's Ferrari during the European Grand Prix

Massa was in total control throughout, losing the lead to Hamilton only at his two pit stops

Lewis Hamilton passes the Valencia harbour during the European Grand Prix

Hamilton pushed his McLaren hard throughout the race around Valencis'a new marina but could do nothing about Massa

Red Bull's Sebastien Vettel

Vettel was the star of qualifying with sixth place in his Toro Rosso and finished there after losing a place to Jarno Trulli's Toyota

Kimi Raikkonen pulls away from his second pit stop with the refuelling hose still attached

Raikkonen has a disappointing race in fifth place for much of the time, and it gets worse with a mistake at his final pit stop

Kmi Raikkonen climbs out of his Ferrari after it suffers engine failure during the European Grand Prix

He knocks over a mechanic, who is taken for medical checks, and then retires with engine failure

Felipe Massa celebrates as he wins the European Grand Prix

Massa crosses the line for his fourth win of the year and celebrates closing the gap to Hamilton

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton immediately after the European Grand Prix

Massa and Hamilton demonstrate contrasting emotions as they climb out of their cars at the end of the race

Felipe Massa holds the winner's trophy at the Hungarian Grand Prix

Massa kisses the trophy, after making up for the disappointment of retiring from the lead in Hungary last time out




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