Nico Rosberg has won his first Gran prix in his F1 carrer, leading a faultless race with his Mercedes, that hasn’t suffered its usual tyre problems and returned to victory after Fangio’s times. That was an all-Mercedes podium, as Norbert Haugh pointed out during the ceremony: Jenson Button, after fighting with the winner, closed the race in the 2nd place; Lewis Hamilton instead, arriving third, has become now the leader of the Championship standings.
Red Bulls both started badly losing positions, but, thank to good strategies, they grabbed the field and crossed the line with Webber fourth and Vettel sixth. Fernando Alonso challenged for the central positions of the top ten with RBR, Hamilton and Raikkonen but, while he was overtaking Maldonado to keep in touch with Lewis, went wide and ended the race relegated to ninth. But, as he said in the post race, he knew the risk was very high, but Ferrari was extremely slow in the straights and so he had to look for other tricky places to overtake the rivals.
The top ten included Grosjean, who finally completed the race, the two Williams of Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado, and Kobayashi in tenth position, after he out qualified fourth (but he started third because of Lewis’ penalty). Felipe Massa had another bad race, due to a little contact at the start and a wrong strategy, as well as Alonso, who didn’t complete any lap by himself, but always in the traffic.
Michael Schumacher started perfectly keeping the second position, but in the first pit stop his front right tyre wasn’t fitted before he left and so he had to stop the car. Jenson Button had a problem in the pits too, with a long stop of 9.7 seconds which didn’t let him to fight for the victory with Nico.
Because of the many pit-stop, apart from Rosberg, who kept quite easily the top position, the action was packed and the drivers were very close to each other; for example, in the last laps Kimi Raikkonen was in second, but as he had very old tyres, he started to loose positions by positions and ended in the 12th place. Also Vettel was third but fell into 5th after being overtaken by Button, Hamilton and Webber, who had his momentum raising the front of his car on the kerb – like in Spain 2010, just less serious and high.