Vettel appears to simply get better and better. As the race began, he found himself squeezed and hampered by both Grosjean and Hamilton and was lucky to come out of it in third place. Hamilton was less fortunate, as he clipped his right rear tyre on Vettel's front wing and was victim to an instant puncture. The puncture all but ended his race and when he detected further damage he was forced to retire his Mercedes. Vettel played a game that many would have felt he was incapable of, protecting his tyres and saving his engine. He has become renowned for his habit of pushing hard when the team is telling him to ease off. However, in a race that quickly became a two stopper for the German, he had to preserve the car and did it perfectly.
Once again, the racing in the middle of the field was intense. Race cars chopping and dicing for positions, with tyres bouncing off each other on the exits of corners. DRS didn't seem to have too much impact on the race and it allowed some of the real quality to shine through. Nico Hulkenberg had yet another fantastic race, whilst the two McLaren drivers found themselves well down the order again. With only four races to go, despite Seb looking certain for the title now, its fair to say that the racing, further back down the order, will just get more exciting.
|Driver||Car||Team||Grid||Fastest Lap||Race Time||Points|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||1||Red Bull||2||1:35.317||1:26:49.301||25|
|2||Mark Webber||2||Red Bull||1||1:34.587||+00:07.129||18|
|11||Paul Di Resta||14||Force India||12||1:37.407||+01:38.572||0|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||18||Toro Rosso||17||1:35.895||lapped||0|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||19||Toro Rosso||16||1:35.020||lapped||0|
|14||Adrian Sutil||15||Force India||22||1:37.367||lapped||0|
|20||Lewis Hamilton||10||Mercedes||3||1:41.202||retired, 7 laps||0|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||21||Caterham||19||No time||retired, 0 laps||0|
|22||Jules Bianchi||22||Marussia||21||No time||retired, 0 laps||0|