VALENCIA - Agence France-Presse
Felipe Massa won yesterday's European Grand Prix for Ferrari on the new street circuit around the harbour in Valencia and revived his challenge for this year's drivers' championship.
The 27-year-old Brazilian came home ahead of championship leading Briton Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren-Mercedes with Poland's Robert Kubica third for BMW Sauber.
Massa's win lifted him up to second in the drivers championship with 64 points, six fewer than Hamilton on 70, with six of this year's 18 races remaining.
It was Massa's fourth win this season and helped him wipe away the disappointment of his enforced retirement, while leading, with three laps remaining in the Hungarian Grand Prix three weeks ago.
The win was the ninth of his career and was achieved in exemplary fashion as he drove from pole position to the checkered flag without a worry apart from a problem at his second pit-stop.
Then Ferrari released him a little early and dangerously and this resulted in a stewards investigation that was scheduled to take place after the race.
In another incident, his Ferrari teammate, defending champion Finn Kimi Raikkonen, was involved in a disastrous pit stop that left a mechanic injured two laps before his engine blew and forced him to retire.
Hamilton's McLaren teammate Heikki Kovalainen of Finland came home fourth ahead of Italian veteran Jarno Trulli in a Toyota and 21-year-old German Sebastian Vettel who was sixth for Toro Rosso.
Timo Glock of Germany was seventh for Toyota and another German Nico Rosberg eighth for Williams.