As expected, Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix, but he didn’t lead every lap as he has done at the Buddh circuit for the previous two years. Strategy came into play more than ever this weekend, with a huge gap between the medium and the soft compounds.
Romain Grosjean was able to make up for lost ground in qualifying, starting 17th on the grid but running a long first stint on the soft tyres. He one-stopped his way up the order until he found fourth place. Mark Webber was just ahead of him but the Red Bull driver was forced to retire with an alternator problem - that granted Grosjean a podium position.
Other retirements included Giedo van der Garde during the early stages, and Charles Pic after a couple of punctures. Nico Hülkenberg also called it a day after the Sauber picked up damage to the floor.
Force India had a double points finish, whilst Felipe Massa and Sergio Pérez did well in the top five. Nico Rosberg was second, leaving Sebastian Vettel to take the win and secure the 2013 World Championship - his fourth in a row.
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References Charles Pic, Felipe Massa, Giedo van der Garde, Mark Webber, Nico Hülkenberg
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