The start of the race saw a horrible accident caused by Lotus' Romain Grosjean that took out Championship leader Alonso, Hamilton, and Perez at turn one. Alonso was slow to get out of the car, luckily no one was unharmed, but Grosjean was given a one race ban after the race. The crash allowed Schumacher to jump up to 5th place and challenge for a podium position. Early on, he passed both Mercedes Force India cars and hold on to 3rd place before the first pit stop stint. As Schumacher's tires began to fade, Raikkonen began to make his move, He was no match for the Mercedes top speed on the straight and instead choose to pass him after the first corner. It was unclear when Schumacher lost 6th gear as he looked very slow when Raikkonen passed him and was immediately challenged by Hulkenburg. 2 laps later and with 10 laps to go Schumacher pitted for new tires. That saw him emerged 7th were he finished.
Nico Rosberg tried to do a one stop strategy and saw him as high as 8th place, with his tires quickly fading, he had to pit for a third set of tires with 8 laps to go and finished in 11th just outside the points.
Full Race Results
After 44 of 44 laps
|Fastest lap: B Senna 1:52.822 on lap 43|
|1||Great Britain||J Button||McLaren|
|2||Germany||S Vettel||Red Bull|
|4||Germany||N Hulkenberg||Force India|
|6||Australia||M Webber||Red Bull|
|8||France||J Vergne||Toro Rosso|
|9||Australia||D Ricciardo||Toro Rosso|
|10||Great Britain||P Di Resta||Force India|
|14||Russian Federation||V Petrov||Caterham|
|18||Spain||P de la Rosa||HRT|
|20||Venezuela||P Maldonado (ret.)||Williams|
|21||Mexico||S Perez (ret.)||Sauber|
|23||Great Britain||L Hamilton||McLaren|
Nico Rosberg Felt that it has been an
“eventful but disappointing weekend for us, and it’s a shame to have finished just one place outside of the points today.
Without the gearbox change and penalty, I probably could have scored some decent points this weekend.
I had a good start today and moved up ten positions into the midfield. We were running a one-stop-strategy because I needed to take the risk to move up but it didn’t work out and we had to come in again quite late on.
Now I’m looking forward to Monza and we will push hard for a better result there next weekend.
It looked pretty reasonable at the start, and we were following our one-stop strategy. In the end though, it did not quite work out so we decided to go for fresh tyres and attack with them.
If we had not done that, I might have ended up further back. But then I lost sixth gear and there was no way to attack. We will now have to do that next week in Monza.”
Nico made a strong effort to get into the points and almost succeeded. However with a lack of dry running, and the car not quite set up as he wanted, that was always going to be tough. We will look ahead now to Monza and keep working hard to improve our performance.”
He then lost sixth gear, so seventh was the result we could achieve today, and Michael showed some great manoeuvres throughout the race. Nico started 23rd and finished 11th - also for him more was not possible with our current technical package. We now are looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix next week at Monza.