Sebastian Vettel snatched the lead of the race from polesitter Lewis Hamilton on the very first lap, and he never looked back, taking a reasonably straightforward victory. Behind him, there were troubles for other drivers, as Kimi Räikkönen retired for the first time since his comeback last year - it was a brake problem on the Lotus. Romain Grosjean also had some brake issues but got his car to the end, he was in a tussle with Sergio Pérez and was pushed off track, with Sergio getting a drive through penalty.
Charles Pic also retired early on, with Paul di Resta the only other to not see the chequered flag. The Force India driver was caught up in a crash with Pastor Maldonado that knocked him out of the running, whilst Pastor was handed a 10 second stop/go penalty for his part in the crash.
Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso made a storming start to fight for the podium positions, and ended up taking second place, with Lewis Hamilton settling for third. Daniel Ricciardo also gained a lot of places, moving up to tenth and securing the final points position.
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References Charles Pic, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton
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