Vettel wins in India to extend championship lead

Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead over Fernando Alonso after securing his fourth consecutive victory in India.

Fernando Alonso took second behind Vettel to help keep his chances of the drivers championship alive. Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber finished third after a KERS problem saw him fall away from his teammate and be overtaken by Alonso with just over 10 laps to the finish.

Lewis Hamilton finished fourth catching Webber in the closing stages. Hamilton’s McLaren teammate Jenson Button finished fifth after his race was compromised by a late-stopping Romain Grosjean.

Felipe Massa maintained his form to finish a strong sixth ahead of Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen. Force India scored points at their home race after Nico Hulkenberg finished eighth ahead of Grosjean in ninth. Bruno Senna passed Nico Rosberg late in the race to secure the final points of the day by finishing tenth.

Mercedes had a disappointing day with Rosberg losing out in the final laps and Michael Schumacher was classified as the last runner despite coming into the pits with five laps to go suffering from a gearbox issue.

Paul di Resta finished 12th outside the points in the second Force India ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in 13th and Kamui Kobayashi in 14th. Jean-Eric Vergne recovered from a first lap incident to finish 15th ahead of Pastor Maldonado in 16th.

Behind them came the two Caterhams, Marussias and Narain Karthikeyan in the only HRT to finish. Pedro de la Rosa retired with brake issues on lap 42 whilst Sergio Perez retired after 20 laps suffering from a puncture after a battle with Ricciardo.

Vettel’s victory gives him a 13 point lead in the drivers championship with just three races left to run. If he is as unstoppable as he has been in the last four races then he looks likely to secure his third consecutive championship.

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