It was a race for Red Bull to simply scoop up and chalk up as another first and second, however Sebastian Vettel could be seen to have damaged Mark's race, right at the start. Webber had one of his best starts in a long time, finally managing to get away from the grid faster than his teammate. The problem for Mark was Sebastian's aggressive defence, which allowed Felipe Massa to hurtle up the outside and take the second place. As they went through the first chicane Vettel was leading, with Massa following up in second and Webber having to defend against Alonso.
Vettel's win was well deserved, since there were times when he had to preserve the engine and gearbox by short shifting and easing off. Webber was unfortunate not to be able to beat Alonso to second place and it is worth considering that if Sebastian hadn't held him up he may well have made Red Bull's result a clean sweep.
After the start, the race settled in to a processional affair, with the threat of rain bringing a little hope that things might get mixed up. Rain stayed away and it took until around the forty-third lap of fifty-three for excitement to be injected back in to the event. Kimi Raikonnen and Lewis Hamilton, despite fighting it out for eleventh place, were fighting like their careers depended on it. Lewis eventually got past Kimi and then began forging his through the pack in the final laps to finish ninth and pick up some points.
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||1:18:33.352|
|3.||Mark Webber||Red Bull||+6.350|
|7.||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||+32.329|
|16.||Adrian Sutil||Force India||+1 Lap|
|17.||Charles Pic||Caterham||+1 Lap|
|18.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham||+1 Lap|
|19.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia||+1 Lap|
|20.||Max Chilton||Marussia||+1 Lap|
|Did not finish|
|21.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||+39 Laps|
|22.||Paul di Resta||Force India||+53 Laps|