The European Grand Prix is run on the city circuit of Valencia, Spain. It hasn’t produced a very memorable race since it was first held in 2008, but the 2012 edition was very exciting. We had a run away leader in Sebastian Vettel, but a safety car and a technical defect brought his race to an end. We had an up and coming star in Lotus driver Grosjean, who also saw his race ended through mechanical problems whilst driving in second place. And we had Lewis Hamilton who was knocked out of the race by Pastor Maldonado whilst driving in third place and only 2 laps to go. So who won? Well, local driver Fernando Alonso raced it home to the chequered flag in a very emotional win for him. Kimi Raikonnen finished the race in second and the old war horse Michael Schumacher finished in third, scoring his first podium since his come back. It meant the European Grand Prix was blessed with a podium featuring three former world champions.

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton looks on as the car of Ferrari's Alonso is pushed back to his garage during the first practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix in Valencia . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean talks to a crew member during the first practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Spectators watch as Mercedes Formula One crew members work on the car of Schumacher during the first practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Webber drives during the first practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton drives during the first practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives past Red Bull engineers during the first practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Lotus F1 Formula One driver Raikkonen drives during the first practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One mechanics prepare to perform a pit stop on the car of Webber during the first practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives in front of his team mate Massa during the second practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton drives during the second practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Williams Formula One driver Maldonado drives during the second practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives during the second practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso stops in the pit lane during the second practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

HRT Formula One driver Karthikeyan drives during the second practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso talks to race engineer Andrea Stella inside his garage during the third practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel sits in his car during the third practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Force India Formula One driver di Resta drives during the third practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso and Marussia's Pic drive during the third practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher drives during the third practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel drives during the third practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

McLaren Formula One driver Button drives during the third practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

McLaren Formula One driver Button drives after a pit stop during the third practice session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg drives during the qualifying session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel celebrates taking pole position after the qualifying session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives during the qualifying session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg drives during the qualifying session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Massa is pushed back to his garage during the qualifying session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . POOL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton, Red Bull's Vettel and Williams' Maldonado pose after the qualifying session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel celebrates taking pole position after the qualifying session of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leads at the start of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leads at the start of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Williams Formula One driver Senna, Sauber's Perez, Toro Rosso's Ricciardo, Red Bull's Webber and Caterham'sKovalainen drive during the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit. HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives during the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leads at the start of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leads McLaren's Hamilton and Lotus F1's Grosjean during the first laps of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Lotus F1 Formula One driver Raikkonen drives in the pit lane after a pit stop during the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit. POOL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Webber drives between Sauber's Perez and Caterham's Petrov on the first corner of the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Force India Formula One driver di Resta drives during the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton performs a pit stop during the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . POOL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel walks in the pit after his car lost power in lap 32 during the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . POOL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher drives during the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit. HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel talks to the media after the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit. MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives in the pit lane as McLaren Formula One engineers perform a pit stop on Hamilton during the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . POOL/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso takes the chequered flag to win the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso reacts on podium after winning the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drinks champagne during the podium ceremony after the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit . ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso celebrates with team principal Domenicali his victory in the European F1 Grand Prix in Valencia . HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

Formula One 2012: European Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula One team celebrate Alonso's victory on the European F1 Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit. HEINO KALIS/REUTERS