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Red Bull LogoSebastian Vettel
Standings: Vettel 15, Webber 2

Vettel was top of the field again. A better start might have saved Webber, but being stuck behind Rosberg in the first stint put him 20 seconds behind 20 laps into the race.

 

Ferrari LogoFernando Alonso
Standings: Alonso 14, Massa 3

Felipe in qualifying, Fernando in the race (again).

mcLaren logoSergio Perez
Standings: Button 12, Perez 5

A first-lap collision put Button on the back foot and he would never recover. Another strong drive by Perez.

 
Lotus F1 Team -  Official LogoRomain Grosjean
Standings: Raikkonen 11, Grosjean 6

Raikkonen was put to the back at the end of qualifying and put himself out in a clumsy move at the first corner. Grosjean was again impressive.

 
Mercedes_AMG_Petronas_logo Nico Rosberg
Standings: Rosberg 6, Hamilton 11

Hamilton struggled again as Rosberg showed he’s very capable of matching his team-mate. Lewis will be kicking himself that he’s still not making friends with the tyres.

 

 

Teamlogo_SauberF1TeamNico Hulkenberg
Standings: Hulkenberg 16, Gutierrez 1

Hulkenberg again topped qualifying but was put back with a drive-through penalty after an unsafe release. All things considered, he showed a lot more pace than Esteban.

 
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Paul di Resta
Standings: Di Resta 11, Sutil 6

Di Resta had Sutil’s cover in both qualifying and the race. No contest this weekend.

 
williams-f1-logo
Pastor Maldonado
Standings: Maldonado 12, Bottas 5

Pastor on top on Saturday and was in contention for points until the late stage of the race. Is there another point out there for Williams in 2013? It seems unlikely.

 

 

Toro Rosso logoDaniel Ricciardo
Standings: Vergne 6, Ricciardo 11

Ricciardo on top on Saturday but a disaster start put him well behind. Vergne looked to have Dan’s measure for most of the race, but as his one-stop strategy fell apart the Frenchman dropped quickly.

 
caterham-f1-team-logo-design-via-imjustcreative3Giedo van der Garde
Standings: Pic 11, van der Garde 6

Van der Garde on top in qualifying and the race. He’s shown himself at least the equal of Pic in the second half of 2013.

 

 

marussia-logo-2Jules Bianchi
Standings: Bianchi 14, Chilton 3

Jules was in front again, where he should be against Chilton. Max was nowhere on Saturday and, despite starting ahead after Bianchi’s penalty, was again behind at the end of the race.

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