Normal service resumes in F1 as defending world champ Sebastian Vettel stormed to a convincing victory at the European GP. The young German started from pole, had an untroubled lights to flag victory, and bagged the Valencia race’s fastest lap with 1:41.852. Home boy Fernando Alonso was a distant second for Ferrari, 10.89 seconds behind Vettel. Red Bull’s other driver Mark Webber completed the podium.

Behind them were Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Canadian GP winner Jenson Button in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Mercedes GP Petronas’ Nico Rosberg scored points with seventh, 10 places ahead of teammate Schumacher, who clashed with Petrov to incur an extra stop for a wing.

The other top ten finishers are Jaime Alguersuari (great drive with just two stops, he started 18th), Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Lotus Renault GP’s Nick Heidfeld. Three of them were a lap down.

Vettel’s chasers never had a look at victory after he stormed away from the get go. Webber held on to second till lap 22, when Alonso, who had been putting great pressure on the Aussie, finally overtook him under DRS. Both were on three-stop plans, and Webber retook second after the second round of stops, when he pitted before Alonso.

In the third round, Webber again pitted first, this time for the slower medium compound tyres. Alonso stayed out awhile more (three laps) on his worn softs and managed to jump Webber when he came out of the pits for the final time.

It was a relatively quiet afternoon for Hamilton after the past few races, and he never really found the pace to challenge the front men. It was similarly uneventful for Button, whose KERS went faulty. Most did three, Alguersuari made two work, but Sauber’s Sergio Perez failed to convert his weird one-stop strategy into points – he was 11th.

Team Lotus finished 19th and 20th with Heikki leading Jarno, the same position they started with. Interestingly, all 24 cars finished, and no one retired.

Vettel is fast running away with the title. With this latest victory, he is on 186 points, 77 ahead of Button and Webber. His team has an equally comfortable 89 point lead over McLaren in the constructors’ table. Anyone who wants to have a say better rise up fast, otherwise it’s going to be Sebastian Vettel, two time world champion, in no time!