Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel became the first man to win a Formula 1 race in India when he scored his 11th victory of the season at the Buddh International Circuit but elsewhere in the field, there were a number of standout performances. So who was your driver of the day?
Arrived in India with the drivers’ title and constructors’ title for Red Bull already in the bag but refused to take his foot of the gas. Took his 13th pole of the season to keep him on course to break Nigel Mansell’s record of 14 in a single season. Made a clean getaway at the start and then comfortably controlled the race at the front to secure a lights-to-flag victory. It was his 11th win of the season and 21st of his career.
Arrived in India looking to defend his second place in the drivers’ standings and showed good pace in practice. Qualified fourth after the stewards decided not to penalise him for a potential infringement. Made a good start, first passing Alonso for third place at Turn One and then Webber at the end of the long straight for second. Stayed within a few seconds of Vettel for most of the race but struggled to get close and ultimately finished second. It was his 10th podium of the season and extended the gap to Alonso in the championship. He’s also 38 points ahead of Hamilton now.
Showed good pace in practice with Ferrari team-mate Massa topping the times in second free practice. Qualified fourth but was promoted to third following Hamilton’s three-place grid drop. Had a problem with the front wing when on the grid, but the team managed to fix it in time. Made a good start but got stuck on the outside in Turn 1 and lost a place to Button. Jumped Webber during the stops to run third – a position he would hold onto for the rest of the race.
Demonstrated that the Mercedes was suited to the high-speed turns of the Buddh International Circuit with an encouraging performance in practice. But problems in qualifying, where he reported vibrations in the tyres, saw him miss out on Q3 and start 11th after various penalties had been applied. Saved his KERS until the long back straight which allowed him to make up three places. Managed his tyres well in middle stint, which helped him stay out longer and jump team-mate Rosberg during the 2nd stops. Finished fifth to close the gap to five points in the drivers’ standings. One of his best performances since the comeback.
Produced one of his best qualifying performances of the season to qualify 10th alongside Toro Rosso team-mate Buemi. Like in Korea, showed good race pace and tyre management to outperform the Renaults and Saubers and ultimately finish eighth for his second consecutive points finish. As a result, Toro Rosso are now level on points with seventh place Sauber in the constructors’ championship. Force India are their next target.
On the back foot after getting a three-place grid penalty in Friday practice and therefore started 20th. Avoided the carnage at the first corner and than pitted after the first lap to get rid of the hard tyre. Showed good pace on the soft tyres, managing them well to finish 10th – his third points finish in four races.