Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel racked up his 10th victory of the season with a dominant performance but there was plenty of action all the way down the field. So who was your Driver of the Day?
Didn’t trouble the top of the timesheets in a wet Friday practice and then saw Red Bull’s run of pole positions come to an end when he could only manage second. Made a clean start before passing pole-sitter Hamilton at the end of the back straight. From then on, the German controlled the race from the front, as he has so often done this year, and didn’t panic when the safety car bunched up the field. Secured his 10th win of the season and 20th of his career to continue where he left off last weekend. The victory also ensured Red Bull won the constructors’ championship for the second consecutive year.
Looked mighty in both wet and dry conditions as he first dominated Friday practice and then broke Red Bull’s hold on pole position with a brilliant lap. Made a good start but couldn’t hold off Vettel and dropped to second. From then on struggled with understeer throughout the race but battled valiantly to hold off the much faster Webber to secure his first podium since he won the German Grand Prix last July and fifth of the season.
Once again out-performed by team-mate Vettel and started fourth. Made an When on the softs, the Australian managed to pull out a gap of five seconds over Button in fourth who was on the super softs. Reeled in Hamilton and enjoyed a titanic battle but ultimately finished third to contribute to the team’s constructors’ championship win.
Started sixth, after getting out-qualified by team-mate Massa for the third time in five races, and made a decent getaway benefitting from a slow-starting Button. Was jumped by Schumacher at the stops but regained the place when the German was taken out by Petrov. Finally got passed Massa at the second round of stops and set an incredible pace in the final stint to chase down Button. Ran out of laps to pass him and finished fifth. Now 10 points behind second-placed Button in the championship table.
Unlucky to just miss out on Q3 but started P11 to give him a free choice of tyre compound to start the race. Made a solid start and made the most of a recent set of upgrades to run as high as third at one point. Some great pit-work by the team and a creative strategy helped him run eighth in the closing stages. Some impressive straight-line speed and fresher tyres helped him pass Rosberg on the final lap to finish seventh and equal his best ever finish.
Beaten by team-mate Alguersuari in qualifying and started 13th, two places behind the Spaniard. Was hit at the start which saw him drop four places, but fought back with a great strategy and some super passing moves – including passing both Williams, Saubers and Force Indias – to finish ninth and help reduce the gap to Sauber to three points in the constructors’ championship.
Started in 19th and passed several cars on the first lap. Showed good pace on both soft and super soft tyres to match the times of those racing in the midfield. Finished 14th, closing on Senna and ahead of both Saubers, to achieve arguably his and Lotus’ best result of the season in terms of performance.