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Hamilton crashes out of European Grand Prix

Published:Monday | June 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM

VALENCIA, Spain (CMC):

Brit Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the European Grand Prix and off the top of the Formula One drivers standings as Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took the chequered flag for the second time this season.

Hamilton was set to finish second, but crashed out with three laps remaining after clashing with Williams' Pastor Maldonado and finished disappointingly outside of the points.

Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen finished second, while former World champion Michael Schumacher of Mercedes GP was third.

While disappointed over the incident, Hamilton said he was already looking ahead.

A little tougher

"We lost some points today. Fortunately, however, a couple of other drivers fighting at the front also missed out, so it's not the end of the world," said the McLaren driver, whose paternal grandparents hail from the Caribbean island of Grenada.

"It just makes things a little bit tougher. Today was just a bad day in the office, but that's motor racing and I'm already looking forward to the next Grand Prix, my home race at Silverstone."

Pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Romain Grosjean of Lotus, who started third on the grid, both bowed out with mechanical problems to join Hamilton.

Alonso, who started 11th, then weaved his way through the field to win the event and storm to the top of the standings with 111 points.

Red Bull's Mark Webber, who finished fourth, is second on 91 with Hamilton unmoved on 88 points in third.