Sebastian Vettel kept up his winning streak to record his fourth successive win of the season. With only three races remaining and one hand on the World Championship crown, his rivals struggled to upset the German who led from start to finish.
His team-mate Mark Webber had to deal with a KERS problem near the end of the race and managed to take the third step of the podium.
Mounting a serious challenge was the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, who despite starting in fifth, took second, but was still 9.4 seconds behind Vettel as he crossed the line.
In what was a lacklustre race, once the lights went out, the Red Bulls drove off into the haze surrounding the New Delhi circuit in what has become a regular occurrence this season.
Lewis Hamilton was also looking to end the season with a good run of form, but his McLaren never looked to having the pace of the Red Bull or Ferrari. His second pit stop also saw him change tyres and a new steering wheel. Despite Webber’s problems, Hamilton was unable to close the gap on the Australian to take the final step of the podium, by just 0.6 seconds.
Michael Schumacher has had an eventful season and with many of his fans looking for him to take a win before he finally retires again, his race was again hit by bad luck. He suffered a right rear puncture at the start of the race in a collision with the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne, and after heading back to the pits for a change of tyres, eventually his race would be ended back in his garage.
Another to retire from the race was Sergio Perez in his Sauber. After his first pit stop, he was a driver on the pace with his fresh rubber and his overtakes on Daniel Ricciardo put paid to his day. His first attempt ended up in him locking up and off track, and his second and final attempt saw his right rear tyre getting sliced into by the front wing of Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso. This blew out his tyre and he eventually exited the race with floor damage.
Pastor Maldonado continued his erratic form and an overtake on Kamui Kobayashi also saw his rear wheel sliced open by a front wing end plate and he finished his race in the gravel.
Kimi Raikkonen had a fairly quiet race, his battle with Felipe Massa being the only highlight. With the Brazilian recently signing a one year extension at Ferrari, he managed to keep the Finn behind him at the flag to take sixth.
Sebastian Vettel now leads the World Championship with 240 points, with Fernando Alonso in second on 227.
Abu Dhabi is the setting for the drivers as they head there for the race next week (2-4 November)
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||60||1:31:10.744||1||25|
|2||5||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||60||+9.4 secs||5||18|
|3||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||60||+13.2 secs||2||15|
|4||4||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||60||+13.9 secs||3||12|
|5||3||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||60||+26.2 secs||4||10|
|6||6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||60||+44.6 secs||6||8|
|7||9||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||60||+45.2 secs||7||6|
|8||12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||60||+54.9 secs||12||4|
|9||10||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||60||+56.1 secs||11||2|
|10||19||Bruno Senna||Williams-Renault||60||+74.9 secs||13||1|
|11||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||60||+81.6 secs||10|
|12||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||60||+82.8 secs||16|
|13||16||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||60||+86.0 secs||15|
|14||14||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari||60||+86.4 secs||17|
|15||17||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||59||+1 Lap||18|
|16||18||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||59||+1 Lap||9|
|17||21||Vitaly Petrov||Caterham-Renault||59||+1 Lap||19|
|18||20||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham-Renault||59||+1 Lap||20|
|19||25||Charles Pic||Marussia-Cosworth||59||+1 Lap||24|
|20||24||Timo Glock||Marussia-Cosworth||58||+2 Laps||21|
|21||23||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||58||+2 Laps||23|
|22||7||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes||55||+5 Laps||14|
|Ret||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||42||Brakes||22|
|Ret||15||Sergio Perez||Sauber-Ferrari||20||+40 Laps||8|
By Olivia Gauch
Sun, 28 Oct 2012