There was plenty of action all the way down the field until the final lap of the race, so it’s a tough call for driver of the day. Who’s yours?
Lewis Hamilton – Qualified third and made a good start to jump slow-starting pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel into the first corner for second. Drove an aggressive race, pulling off a bold move on team-mate Jenson Button before passing Vettel for the lead. His 15th career victory and first since last year’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Mark Webber – The Australian had another tough weekend, crashing out of Q1 for the first time since Bahrain 2009 to start the race in 18th. But for the second race in a row, he drove like a man possessed, fighting his way back through the field to finish an incredible third, just 7.6 seconds behind race winner Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg – Qualified fourth, finished fifth. The Mercedes showed improved pace this weekend with Rosberg taking the lead after the first round of stops. Made a three-stop strategy work, but was forced to save fuel in the final stint which saw him lose positions to Hamilton, Webber and Button. His best finish of the season.
Felipe Massa – Beat his team-mate for the second race in a row after matching him for pace all weekend. Showed good pace throughout the race, but a two-stop strategy left him vulnerable in the final stint and he dropped from second to sixth. Nevertheless a strong showing.
Michael Schumacher – Started 14th after suffering a DRS problem in qualifying but a good start catapulted him up to 10th on the first lap. Showed flashes of his old self as he rigorously defended and attacked all race long. Just ran out of time in the pursuit of Fernando Alonso and finished eighth.
Heikki Kovalainen – Another accomplished drive from the Finn who was comfortably the fastest of the new teams. More encouragingly for Team Lotus, Kovalainen beat the Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez’s Sauber (albeit the Mexican picked up a drive-through) on his way to 16th.