Zenfolio | MotoExpress | Valencia Street Circuit 2008
Spain hosted its second F1 Grand Prix of the season at the specially constructed Valencia Street Circuit. MotoExpress guests got two holidays in one; a F1 spectacular and a wonderful Spanish Fiesta. Our stay in the town of Requena coincided with the celebrations for the beginning of the grape harvest, known as La Fiesta de la Vendimia. Our hotels in the ancient square overlooked the colourful fiesta scenes. On race day Felipe Massa survived a potential penalty to win the first European Grand Prix on the roads surrounding Valencia's Americas Cup port, leading from start to finish to make up for the disappointment of Hungary three weeks ago. The Brazilian got the jump from pole to head title rival Lewis Hamilton throughout the 57-lap distance, and was only troubled when the stewards decided to investigate whether or not he had been released dangerously from his second pit-stop. Force India's Adrian Sutil was very close to the Ferrari at the time, but the officials opted to delay any decision until after the race. Hamilton was never able to run with Massa, being dropped gradually in the first half of the race and then only pegging the Ferrari thereafter, while Robert Kubica held station in third throughout, despite an early scare when debris got caught on his BMW Sauber. http://www.motoexpress.co.uk