Sebastian was flawless, leading from lights to flag and nabbing the fastest lap along the way. Webber was on track for a podium when Sutil decided he didn’t like braking for corners.
Alonso struggled to keep up with the pace of the front runners while Massa struggled to keep it in a straight line. Felipe said he’d not go out of his way to help Alonso to the title this year and taking Fernando out on the first lap wouldn’t have made him very popular at all in his last few races with the team.
McLaren were once again in the mid order and Jenson and Sergio did well to put themselves in the points. A lock up and a tyre delamination was the end of Sergio’s attempt at points and Button was left to pick up what was left.
Grosjean was quick, Kimi was quicker. Despite a troubled qualifying session, Raikkonen was once again able to jump past his team-mate in the race and lead his financially-troubled team to a double podium result.
Not Mercedes’ best race, but definitely not their worst either. Tyre problems plagued both drivers throughout the race but it was Lewis who was able to get more out of his struggling pony by the end of the race.
Another top drive by Hulkenberg. Gutierrez showed solid pace, but relative to his team-mate wasn’t on the chart. Sauber benefited hugely from the tyre change and Nico is doing his best to take advantage of that.
Standings: Di Resta 8, Sutil 6
Di Resta spun off on his own accord into the grass and retirement, while Sutil lost it under brakes and ended Webber’s race before taking a drive-through penalty for pit-lane speeding. On a day when things couldn’t have gone much worse for Force India, Sutil gets the point simply because he was able to keep it on the track for longer.
Standings: Maldonado 9, Bottas 5
Pastor looked to have the edge this weekend. Save for a late-race drop of positions Williams may have secured themselves some handy points. But as we’ve seen so many times this year, the car just isn’t up to it.
Ricciardo was a step above Vergne all race. If not for a late-race brake issue he may have put another two points ahead of himself and Vergne. The second half of the season hasn’t been great for Jean-Eric, but with the 2014 contract firmly in his pocket he shouldn’t be too scared of being dropped.
Pic had the advantage over Giedo this weekend, but not by much. The pair were inseparable in qualifying and finished very much the same at the end of the race.
Chilton started ahead but finished behind. He was surprisingly close to Bianchi over the race distance this time around, but we’re nearing the end of 2013 and he’s not begun to show himself as the better driver.