At the end of the race, it was Sebastian Vettel, who crossed the line first, handing him his tenth win of the season, after passing Hamilton on the first lap on turn 4. After the second pitstop, the battle raged between Hamilton and Webber for second. Both racers drove professionally with the advantage switching back and forth and running wheel to wheel on their outlaps from the pits. In the end the Red Bull lost out with Hamilton keeping Webber at bay to claim second. With Webber finishing third, Red Bull laid claim to the Constructor's Championship.
Button finished fourth, after being held up by both Ferrari's and gain his position after the first round of pitstops, but wasn't quick enough to join the Hamilton-Webber fight. Alonso finished fifth ahead of Massa, after being outqualified by his teammate. Questions by Ferrari bosses will be raised when a frustrated Alonso told his team over the radio "I give up" after being faster than Button by 0.5 sec and was unable to pass him. Torro Rosso's Alguersuari finished 7th, His team mate Buemi took 9th after passing 10th place finisher Paul Di Resta on lap 31.
In two weeks time, F1 heads to India for the inuagural Indian Grand Prix. Even though Red Bull has wrapped up the F1 top titles, still expect to see some brilliant battles between the teams.
After being forced to retire on lap 16, Michael had:
From that point on, he had to nurse the tyres for over half the race distance to the flag. He did this extremely well, climbing back from P14 to P7, but was unable to hold off Alguersuari on the final lap, whose tyres were ten laps fresher. As for Michael's incident, he was driving well, making up positions and minding his own business when somebody simply forgot to brake at turn three. Although we didn't score points to our full potential today, there were encouraging signs of our competitiveness for the remaining three races of the season, and we will aim to build on this in India - which will be a new adventure for us all."
Our learning process is certainly guiding us in the right direction, which is one of the targets we set ourselves. Lewis Hamilton's second place is the 100th podium finish in 105 races for our V8 engine, which has won 34 times in the last 86 races. Well done to all our colleagues at Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines in Brixworth for reaching this milestone. Now we are all looking forward to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in a fortnight."
01. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h30:01.994
02. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 12.019
03. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 12.477
04. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 14.694
05. Alonso Ferrari + 15.689
06. Massa Ferrari + 25.133
07. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 49.538
08. Rosberg Mercedes + 54.053
09. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:02.762
10. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1:08.602
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1:11.229
12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1:33.068
13. Senna Renault + 1 lap
14. Kovalainen Lotus-Renault + 1 lap
15. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
16. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
17. Trulli Lotus-Renault + 1 lap
18. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 1 lap
19. Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap
20. D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth + 1 lap
21. Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth + 3 laps
Did Not Finish
Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 31
Petrov Renault 17
Schumacher Mercedes 16