Luzzi put two wheels on the grass heading in the chicane, lost control and slide into the pack, taking out Nico Rosberg and Renault's Petrov. The accident brought out the safety car for a few laps. At the restart Schumacher caught a napping Hamilton and took 3rd place. He managed to hold him off for a number of laps, this allowed Button to catch up and turn it into a three battle. Hamilton attempted to over take Schumacher on lap 16, but only to pushed off on the grass, allowing Button to pass Hamilton and then passing the Mercedes GP car at the final chicane.
As the race went on the Merc car began to lose it's race pace, allowing Hamilton to make the pass, who began chasing Alonso. Hamilton in the end had to settle for forth place after running out of laps.
Schumacher settled for 5th place ahead of Massa, who lost his front wing after a clash with RBR's Webber earlier in the race, and dropping down to 10th place. Torro Rosso's Alguersuari finished 7th, followed by Di Resta, Senna, and Buemi to round up the top 10.
The start was ideal, I held back on purpose at first in order to use the grip perfectly afterwards, and then the left side was all free. To make the most of your possibilities is the maximum possible at times, and that is why I had fun today, especially knowing that there is more to come in the future, with all the support we have from Mercedes.
After the race, Ross could only describe Michaelís drive as
We had an exciting strategy starting him on the prime tyres, and looking at how those tyres performed on other cars at the beginning of the race, it would have been very interesting to see how it developed. Itís doubly frustrating that he was taken out by a car starting in 24th position. If you get tangled up at the first corner because you are vying for position, thatís racing, but to be swiped out by someone that far back is hard to take. However, we have shown as a team that when we do have the right car, we will be able to compete at the front, and thatís our inspiration for next year.
Norbert described the first half of the race as probably one of the best television shows of the year:
|1||S Vettel (GER)||Red Bull||25|
|2||J Button (GBR)||McLaren||18|
|3||F Alonso (ESP)||Ferrari||15|
|4||LC Hamilton (GBR)||McLaren||12|
|5||M Schumacher (GER)||Mercedes-Benz||10|
|6||F Massa (BRA)||Ferrari||8|
|7||J Alguersuari (ESP)||Toro Rosso||6|
|8||P di Resta (GBR)||Force India||4|
|9||B Senna (BRA)||Renault||2|
|10||S Buemi (SUI)||Toro Rosso||1|
|11||P Maldonado (VEN)||Williams||-|
|12||RG Barrichello (BRA)||Williams||-|
|13||H Kovalainen (FIN)||Lotus||-|
|14||J Trulli (ITA)||Lotus||-|
|15||T Glock (GER)||Virgin||-|
|16||D Ricciardo (AUS)||HRT||-|