After earning pole position yesterday, Lewis Hamilton won his first race since switching to Mercedes AMG.
Vettel's start of the race was modest as he was almost overtaken by Romain Grosjean, while Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg tried to get a piece of the action. Vettel stayed close to Hamilton until the first round of pitstops but then the triple world champion was under pressure coming from Grosjean so he wasn't able to attack Hamilton to take the lead.
Hamilton returned to the track following his first pitstop behind Jenson Button but managed to get pass him and then pulled away. We can't say the same thing about Vettel who failed to overtake Button after pitting. The two drivers had a minor collision which gave Vettel some worries regarding the car's front wing. Grosjean and Alonso came very close to Vettel but not enough to get pass him.
Grosjean was penalized with a drive-through following his second pitstop after overtaking Massa by exceeding the track's limits. Vettel managed to get in front of Button in lap 24 but Hamilton had a relaxing advantage which he held on to until the end of the race.
Thanks to an extremely long first stint on medium tires, Mark Webber managed to reach high positions but was no match to Lewis Hamilton who passed the Australian in Turn 3 thanks to a fresh set of tires. Raikkonen's two-pitstop strategy proved to be fruitful as he crossed the finish line second ahead of the two Red Bulls. Vettel tried towards the end of the race to attack Kimi but he had to settle with third place, while teammate Webber came fourth.
Fernando Alonso had a slow day and claimed only fifth place, successfully resisting in front of Grosjean who crossed the finish line on sixth place. The McLarens adopted a two-pitstop strategy and grabbed seventh (Jenson Button) and ninth (Sergio Perez) places, with Massa's Ferrari separating the two. Pastor Maldonado snatched the last point offered today, taking advantage of Rosberg's retirement due to most likely an engine failure.
|2||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||70||+10.9 secs||6||18|
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||70||+12.4 secs||2||15|
|4||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||70||+18.0 secs||10||12|
|5||3||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||70||+31.4 secs||5||10|
|6||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||70||+32.2 secs||3||8|
|7||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||70||+53.8 secs||13||6|
|8||4||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||70||+56.4 secs||7||4|
|9||6||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes||69||+1 Lap||9||2|
|10||16||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||69||+1 Lap||15||1|
|11||11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||69||+1 Lap||12|
|12||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||69||+1 Lap||14|
|13||19||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||69||+1 Lap||8|
|14||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||68||+2 Laps||20|
|15||20||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||68||+2 Laps||19|
|16||22||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth||67||+3 Laps||21|
|17||23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||67||+3 Laps||22|
|18||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||66||+4 Laps||18|
|19||9||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||64||+6 Laps||4|
|Ret||17||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||42||+28 Laps||16|
|Ret||12||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||28||+42 Laps||17|
|Ret||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||19||+51 Laps||11