Rain man Alonso wins European GP

NUERBURG - Two-time defending Formula One champion Fernando Alonso passed Felipe Massa of Ferrari on a slippery track late in the race yesterday to win the European Grand Prix.

NUERBURG - Two-time defending Formula One champion Fernando Alonso passed Felipe Massa of Ferrari on a slippery track late in the race yesterday to win the European Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver closes to within two points of leader Lewis Hamilton in the standings - 70-68. Hamilton finished ninth and out of the points for the first time in 10 races in his rookie F1 season. He had to start from 10th on the grid after crashing his McLaren in qualifying on Saturday.

Massa was eight seconds behind in second place with Mark Webber third for Red Bull to equal his career best.

Kimi Raikkonen, who started from pole position, pulled out in the 34th lap due to a problem with his Ferrari. - Sapa-AP

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