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Impressive Vettel powers to another win

Sebastian Vettel is cruising towards a second successive world title after another impressive victory in Valencia.
Sebastian Vettel is cruising towards a second successive world title after another impressive victory in Valencia.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sebastian Vettel cruises to victory in Sunday's European Grand Prix in Valencia
  • The German extends his overall lead following his sixth win from eight races
  • All 24 cars complete the race, only the fourth time in history there were no retirements

(CNN) -- World champion Sebastian Vettel proved a class apart once again, leading from start to finish to claim a comfortable win in Sunday's European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain.

In baking hot conditions, the German kept his cool to finish clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber to seal his sixth victory from eight races so far this season.

Vettel also finished second in the two races he did not win, which means he becomes the first driver in history to finish in the top two in the first eight races of a Formula One season.

Vettel earns seventh pole position

"It looked like a boring race, but I enjoyed it so much," Vettel said in the post-race press conference.

"For every single lap it was just me and the car. The team have done a phenomenal job preparing the car. We managed to put everything together and I'm very happy with the result," he added.

Alonso was happy with his performance, saying: "Second place is the maximum we can have these days, so it's very good to be sitting between the two Red Bulls.

It looked like a boring race, but I enjoyed it so much. For every single lap it was just me and the car
--Sebastian Vettel
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"With both cars in the top five it's very good result, but we have to hope we make a step forward in the next race."

Lewis Hamilton came home fourth in his McLaren, with Felipe Massa fifth for Ferrari and Hamilton's McLaren teammate Jenson Button sixth.

Nico Rosberg finished seventh for Mercedes and Jaime Alguersuari took a creditable eighth for Toro Rosso.

Germans Adrian Sutil and Nick Heidfeld came home ninth and 10th respectively for Force India and Lotus Renault.

The win extends 23-year-old Vettel's lead in the world drivers' championship to an impressive 77 points.

Vettel, who has now won 16 races in his career to put him level with Stirling Moss in F1's all-time standings, mow lies on 186 points, with Webber and Button sharing second place on 109 points.

Sunday's race also entered the records books with all 24 cars finishing the contest, only the fourth time in the history of Formula One that there have been no retirements -- but the first time with that many cars on the grid.