Pulled together a near perfect lap to secure his seventh pole position in eight races this season. Made a clean getaway at the start and controlled the race from the front. Though he never pulled out a big gap, the German looked to be driving well within himself all race and never looked troubled as he secured his sixth victory of the season. The win extends his championship lead to 77 points – that’s more than the equivalent of three race victories.
Looked competitive throughout Friday practice and qualified fourth place on the grid. Passed Lewis Hamilton at the start to run third and then began a race long battle with Mark Webber. With the help of the DRS overtaking aid, he passed the Australian on track, but lost that place in the second round of stops. Reclaimed second at the final round of stops to secure second – his third podium of the season.
Showed good speed in qualifying to finish second fastest alongside pole-sitting team-mate Vettel and made a solid start to maintain his position in the first stint of the race. Gambled on pitting early to put the harder compound tyres on, but it didn’t pay off. Alonso stayed out for two laps longer and jumped him in the stops. Developed a gearbox problem in the dying stages but held on for third.
Endured a difficult Friday practice with mechanical problems hampering his running while off-track there was growing speculation surrounding his future at the team. Went out in the first part of qualifying along with the new teams and started 17th. A two-stop strategy and consistent lap times on track saw him rise up to eighth for his second consecutive points finish of the season.
Made it into Q3 but decided not to run in order to save a set of tyres. Starting ninth, Sutil passed Nick Heidfeld at the start. Dropped down as low as 14th after his final stop but fought his way back up into the top-10. Pushed Alguersuari hard with a new set of tyres, but couldn’t find a way past, eventually finishing ninth for his third points finish of the season.