Vettel unstoppable in inaugural Indian GP

Sebastian Vettel leads the field on Lap 1

Sebastian Vettel leads the field on Lap 1

Sebastian Vettel has dominated the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, leading every one of the 60 laps around the Buddh International Circuit.

The 24-year-old German took the record for most laps led in a single season during the race, before setting a new lap record on the final lap.

McLaren driver Jenson Button kept Vettel honest throughout the afternoon, finishing 8.4s adrift of the Red Bull after passing both Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber on the opening lap.

The gap between Vettel and Button hovered around the five second mark for much of the afternoon, with the Briton closing the gap by making his two pitstops slightly before his rival.

Webber shadowed Button over the opening stint, but fell back in the middle stages – eventually finishing behind Alonso after being forced to make an early second stop due to high tyre degradation.

By contrast, Michael Schumacher stayed out the longest before making his final stop, allowing the seven-time World Champion to leap-frog Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for fifth.

Lewis Hamilton was seventh having made contact with Felipe Massa for the third time this season. Hamilton tried to take fifth place from his Brazilian rival at the fast Turn 5 on Lap 24, resulting in contact between the right-front corner of the McLaren and the left-rear corner of the Ferrari.

While Hamilton initially appeared to come off worst as he pitted immediately to replace a punctured right-front tyre, Massa was handed a drive-through penalty for the incident, and would eventually record a DNF after repeating his qualifying effort of breaking his suspension on the circuit’s aggressive kerbing.

Jaime Alguersuari, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10, with Renault duo Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna 11th and 12th respectively.

Senna sat ninth with just three laps to go, but was forced to pit in order to take on the harder compound tyres.

Sebastien Beumi looked likely to join his Spanish team-mate in the points before suffering an engine failure on Lap 26, while Pastor Maldonado, Timo Glock and Kamui Kobayashi also failed to finish after a pair of incidents on the opening lap.

See below for the full result

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 60 Winner 1
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 60 +8.4 secs 4
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 60 +24.3 secs 3
4 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 60 +25.5 secs 2
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 60 +65.4 secs 11
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 60 +66.8 secs 7
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 60 +84.1 secs 5
8 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 60 +1 Lap 10
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 60 +1 Lap 8
10 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 60 +1 Lap 20
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault +1 Lap 16
12 Bruno Senna Renault +1 Lap 14
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes +1 Lap 12
14 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault +2 Lap 18
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth +2 Lap 15
16 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth +3 Lap 21
17 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth +3 Lap 23
18 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth +3 Lap 22
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault +5 Lap 19
Ret Felipe Massa Ferrari +28 Laps 6
Ret Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari +36 Laps 9
Ret Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth +48 Laps 13
Ret Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth +58 Laps 24
Ret Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari +60 Laps 17

See below for the updated championship points

Pos

Driver

Points

1 Sebastian Vettel 374
2 Jenson Button 240
3 Fernando Alonso 227
4 Mark Webber 221
5 Lewis Hamilton 202
6 Felipe Massa 98
7 Nico Rosberg 75
8 Michael Schumacher 70
9 Vitaly Petrov 36
10 Nick Heidfeld 34
11 Adrian Sutil 30
12 Kamui Kobayashi 27
13 Jaime Alguersuari 26
14 Paul di Resta 21
15 Sebastien Buemi 15
16 Sergio Perez 14
17 Rubens Barrichello 4
18 Bruno Senna 2
19 Pastor Maldonado 1
20 Pedro de la Rosa 0
21 Jarno Trulli 0
22 Heikki Kovalainen 0
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi 0
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio 0
25 Timo Glock 0
26 Narain Karthikeyan 0
27 Daniel Ricciardo 0
28 Karun Chandhok 0

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