Lewis Hamilton led away from the grid, keeping a firm lead from pole position but unfortunately for the British driver, it only lasted until Lap 8. Hamilton then suffered a serious tyre failure that knocked him to the back of the grid. Impressively, he managed to recover to finish fourth! His troubles handed the lead of the race to Sebastian Vettel, who put in his usual performance to streak ahead.
However, on Lap 42, Vettel slowed right down and stopped on track with a gearbox problem, promoting Nico Rosberg into the lead instead. Rosberg managed to retain P1 until the end of the race, despite pressure from Mark Webber right up to the chequered flag. Fernando Alonso joined the pair to finish third on the podium.
Meanwhile, Hamilton wasn’t the only one to suffer a tyre problem, with Felipe Massa, Jean-Éric Vergne and Sergio Pérez also suffering failures. Massa managed to continue, whilst Vergne and Pérez retired, but there were a lot of worries about what was causing so many issues, whether it would keep on happening through the race, and what Pirelli are going to do about it.
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References Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jean-Éric Vergne, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber
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