Felipe Massa Keeps Valencia Win but Must Pay 10,000-Euro Fine

Adam PooleAnalyst IAugust 24, 2008

Initially, Felipe Massa's win at the new Valencia track was undecided, pending investigation, but Formula 1 race control has just officially released that the Ferrari number one will keep his win, but will receive a fine of 10,000 Euros.

Felipe had a pit incident on lap 37 which nearly saw his Ferrari collide with Adrian Sutil's Force India car in the pit-lane after pulling out illegally.

In Massa's defence, he did take the action to pull back on exiting the pits to avoid any collision.

Lewis Hamilton was happy with his second-place finish today, however, he would have been happier had Massa received up to a 10-place grid-drop.  This decision still sees the McLaren driver sitting comfortably on top of the World Championship.

Final standings for the European Grand Prix (Valencia) are as follows:

1.  MASSA         Ferrari

2.  HAMILTON      McLaren       +5.6s

3.  KUBICA        BMW           +37.3s

4.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren       +39.7s

5.  TRULLI        Toyota        +50.6s

6.  VETTEL        Toro Rosso    +52.6s

7.  GLOCK         Toyota        +67.9s

8.  ROSBERG       Williams      +71.4s

9.  HEIDFELD      BMW           +82.1s

10. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso    +89.7s

11. PIQUET        Renault       +92.7s

12. WEBBER        Red Bull      +1 lap

13. BUTTON        Honda         +1 lap

14. FISICHELLA    Force India   +1 lap

15. NAKAJIMA      Williams      +1 lap

16. BARRICHELLO   Honda         +1 lap

17. COULTHARD     Red Bull      +1 lap

R.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       +12 laps

R.  SUTIL         Force India   +16 laps

R.  ALONSO        Renault       +57 laps