I was watching the BBC broadcast of the Monaco Grand Prix over the weekend, and the announcer kept using the phrase "Vettel leads from Alonso". He took this to mean that Vettel was in first and Alonso was in second. Normally I'd phrase this as "Vettel leads Alonso".
Why would he use the phrasing "leads from"?
Note that at no time during the race did Vettel take the lead from Alonso, which is the only reason I can think this phrasing might be used.
Also note that this was a BBC broadcast with an English announcer (he's from Norfolk, if that makes any difference).