European Grand Prix 2010 in Valencia Preview

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M Schumacher, 16. B Senna.

. T Glock, 23. J Trulli, 20. Back-to-back wins by Hamilton in Turkey and Montreal with Button second in both races put the two drivers first and second in the championship ahead of the European Grand Prix in Valencia on Sunday 27 June 2010.

But unlike Turkey, where misfortune when the two Red Bulls collided with each other gave McLaren the race, in the Canadian Grand Prix it was more team work, clever use of tyres and good driving that won the day. These are all provisional grid placings as penalties may still come into play:

S VettelM WebberL HamiltonF AlonsoF MassaR KubicaJ ButtonN HulkenbergR BarrichelloV Petrov11. N Rosberg, 13. Y Liuzzi, 15. K Chandhok, 24. K Kobayashi, 19. The team must now rue the reliability problems that dogged them earlier in the season when they had the fastest cars by a significant margin.

Michael Schumacher also had a bad race in Canada and must be wondering whether his decision to return to Formula 1 racing was correct after the two Force India cars passed him on the last lap to drop him out of the points. The circuit is tough on brakes and the narrow confines of the track means it can become pretty hot for the cars. Having a good season though is Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari. The problem is that circuit offers little of a challenge for the drivers and rarely much of a spectacle for the fans. N Kovalainen, 21. J Aguersuari.

18. Lewis Hamilton was on pole last year but Rubens Barrichello won the race.

Standings After Eight Grand Prix

Constructors: McLaren (215), Red Bull (193), Ferrari (161), Mercedes (108), Renault (79), Force India (35), Toro Rosso (8), Williams (8), Sauber (1).

Drivers: Hamilton (109), Button (106), Webber (103), Alonso (94), Vettel (90), Rosberg (74), Kubica (73), Massa (67), Schumacher (34), Sutil (23), Liuzzi (12), Barrichello (7), Petrov (6), Buemi (5), Alguersuari (3), Kobayashi (1), Hulkenberg (1).

Qualifying and Grid Positions

After final qualifying, these are the top grid positions. A Sutil, 14. Fernando Alonso is Still in Touch With the LeadersWhat was considered by many to be the dream pairing at Mclaren of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton looks like it might finally be coming to fruition after the British drivers completed their second one-two finish in a row. P de la Rosa, 17. S Buemi, 12. But with 25 points for a win on offer this year it could soon disappear if Red Bull can get back to winning ways. Mark Webber saw himself drop from first to third in the championship as a result of his fifth place finish.

All is still to drive for though, as only six points separate the top three drivers and McLarens 22-point lead in the constructors table looks good. His third place in Montreal keeps him in touch with the leaders and if his team can find a little more speed for the car then he could still be a contender as the season unfolds.

European Grand Prix in Valencia

A good qualifying session is essential in Valencia as the street circuit like Monaco offers few opportunities for overtaking. L Di Grassi, 22

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