Vettel was back on form this race, leading from start to finish, ahead of Alonso and Webber. Alonso won his battle against Webber to claim second, but in the end was unable to match Vettel's pace. Hamilton had a rough afternoon trying to manage his high tyre wear, but was able to hold off Massa in the end for forth place. Button suffering from KERS failure claimed 6th. Vettel is now 77 points ahead of his competition, Button and Webber, They are tied, but Button is second since he holds a victory this season. Rosberg managed 7th place claiming that was the best the team could achieve saying this:
I'm happy with my seventh place today as that is the maximum that we could have achieved and we got everything out of the car. It was great to overtake Jenson at the start, and we made the right strategy choice to go for three stops. The introduction of DRS was a positive for the race here in Valencia, and we saw some nice overtaking moves. Now we need to keep pushing for our two home races to close the gap to the fastest teams. I'm sure the whole team will work very hard before Silverstone, and I look forward to racing in front of so many people from the team and their families.
Schumacher on the other hand had an aweful race finishing 17th after his accident with Petrov on lap 15, breaking his front wing and had to pit for repairs.
Schumacher said this after the race:
Not a very satisfying race for me today, The outcome was decided after lap 15 when I slid into Petrov and lost the points I could perhaps have achieved. Our race pace should have allowed me to finish more or less where I started, but that is only speculation after the incident. I saw Petrov quite late, even though I was aware that he was coming, and tried to brake as late as possible and go round the corner with him. But when I wanted to draw back, I locked the front wheel and slipped into him, which was clearly my mistake. From then onwards, the race was done and I just had to drive the car over the finish line. We will now look ahead to Silverstone which is one of our home races.
We couldn’t have realistically expected any more and he scored valuable points. As for Michael, his collision was frustrating because he was running at a very similar level to Nico in the early stages and could also have finished close to him, in the points.
After our concerns earlier in the weekend, the tyres behaved well and we didn’t experience any serious degradation problems, which represents a step forward for us compared to previous races. However, we set our targets very much higher than racing for seventh place: our work in the next weeks will focus on improving the car’s performance in order to race with the teams ahead of us.
Our current technical package, which is lacking performance. The team is working very hard to bring the planned updates for our cars in order to close the gap to the current top six runners. Michael had an unfortunate clash early in the race and the additional pit stop this required prevented him from scoring points.
Full race results:
Drivers Teams Points
1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 25
2 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 18
3 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 15
4 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 12
5 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 10
6 J Button (GBR) McLaren 8
7 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes-Benz 6
8 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso 4
9 A Sutil (GER) Force India 2
10 N Heidfeld (GER) Renault 1
11 S Perez (MEX) Sauber -
12 RG Barrichello (BRA) Williams -
13 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso -
14 P di Resta (GBR) Force India -
15 V Petrov (RUS) Renault -
16 K Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber -
17 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes-Benz -
18 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams -
19 H Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus -
20 J Trulli (ITA) Lotus -
21 T Glock (GER) Virgin -
22 J d'Ambrosio (BEL) Virgin -
23 V Liuzzi (ITA) HRT -
24 KRN Karthikeyan (IND) HRT -