Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth world championship with his sixth consecutive victory of the season in Indian Grand Prix.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg took only his third podium of the season with a confident drive to second with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean producing a sensational drive through the field to take third having started 17th.
Felipe Massa led the race at one point before finishing fourth for Ferrari while Sergio Perez secured his best result of the season with fifth in the McLaren.
And Force India’s Adrian Sutil did a long first stint to bring him into the points and he went on to finish ninth – but who was your Driver of the Day?
Cut through the field with ease after an early pit stop to take his 10th win of the season and seal a fourth world title. Made a great getaway before stopping on lap two to swap his soft tyres for the mediums. Re-joined in 17th before quickly picking off the cars in front of him. He soon found himself in second behind Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. Took the lead when Webber pitted for a second time and from there comfortably led from the front – as he has done so often this season. Crossed the line to take his eighth win in 10 races and the 36th of his career. He now joins Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost as the only drivers to have won four championships.
Scored his third podium of the season with an accomplished drive. Made a decent getaway from second, but was passed by Massa down the straight and dropped to third. Used the undercut to pass Massa at the stops and pumped in some fast lap times in clear air. Passed Sutil and then Kimi Raikkonen – who was struggling on worn tyres – to rise up to second – his best result since the British Grand Prix in June. Closed to just four points behind fifth-placed Webber in the championship.
Bounced back from a terrible qualifying to take his third successive podium. Made a good start from 17th, rising through the field while looking after his soft tyres to ensure he could do a long first stint. Pitted on lap 13 for the mediums and then managed to complete a 41-lap stint on that set of tyres without his tyres going off. Struggled with traffic, but eventually got some clear air and quickly caught team-mate Raikkonen. Made a pass on the Finn for third and then held off Massa in the closing stages.
Produced one of his best drives of the season to finish fourth. Made a brilliant start from fifth, passing both Mercedes cars and Webber to run second. Took the lead when Vettel pitted on lap two. Lost a place to Rosberg when he pitted but continued to show good race pace. Defended well from Hamilton, who was much faster in the Mercedes, and then got past Raikkonen for fourth. Ran out of laps to pass Grosjean for the podium, but it was a strong result nonetheless as he hunts a drive for next season.
Pulled of a great pass on Hamilton and Raikkonen in the same move on the way to fifth. Started ninth, one place ahead of team-mate Jenson Button and made a good start on the medium tyres. Kept his nose clean, as Button got caught up in an incident with Alonso. Found himself second when those on soft tyres pitted. Focused on his own race and conserved the tyres while delivering a good pace. Caught and passed Hamilton and Raikkonen down the straight to rise up to fifth for his best result of the season.
Pulled off a one-stop strategy to finish ninth for his seventh points finish of the season. Made a good getaway from 13th and then looked after his tyres so well that he managed to do 41 laps in the first stint. That allowed him to put the soft tyres on knowing he wouldn’t have to stop again. Managed just under 20 laps on that rubber, conserving them impressively, to finish ninth, one place behind Force India team-mate Paul Di Resta.