Another race weekend another great exiciting race, with great overtaking down the field. And another win for Vettel while Hamilton heads into the barriers/back of someone…. except everyone at McLaren and Ferrari didn’t read the script for the youngest world champions homecoming.
Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of Alonso and Webber who looked more than a match for “baby schumi” this weekend. While not blowing the race wide open Ferrari in particular seem to now have the measure of Red Bull and Alonso now sets his sights on chasing down Vettels huge lead. Still the German had an “off” weekend and finished 4th which is still no disaster despite being his worst finish this season, but with the top three teams now very equal this could really be a scrap for the rest of the season. Vettel looked ordinary in the pack and failed to get past Massa until the last lap pit stop duel between the two teams put the German out ahead of the Brazilian.
Jenson Button topped a miserable weekend retiring with Hydrolics issues after qualifying 7th, however Adrian Sutil drove a stormer in the Force India to 6th place ahead of the two Merecedes in 7th and 8th. Force India, who have been working on their race pace aim to chase down Sauber in the constructors championship with more strong points finishes.
At the back of the grid while Ricciardo moved forward and showed improved pace, including running ahead a Virgin car for a long time Chandok did himself no favours by finishing dead last and a lap down on the HRT cars. Despite a decent qualifying this surely was not the performance he was looking for and could be the nail in the coffin for the Indian, although I reckon a drive in India may not be out of the question.