Such was the pace of the race that the top four were the only drivers to finish on the lead lap with Alonso dropping back dramatically when he swapped over the harder compound tyre. By the finish, the Spaniard was lapping more than three seconds off the pace of the leaders and ended up being lapped en-route to fifth place.
Michael Schumacher enjoyed a more successful race than a fortnight ago in Turkey as he took sixth place for Mercedes after a heated battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg, who settled for seventh – less than half a second further back. Such was the fight between the pair that Nick Heidfeld
was able to close in during the final laps as the Renault
driver made the most of the fresh tyres available after he missed qualifying to come through the field to finish eighth.
A strong drive from Sergio Perez saw him take the chequered flag in ninth place for Sauber, scoring his first points in the process, while team-mate Kamui Kobayashi
bounced back from a puncture on the opening lap to round out the scorers in tenth.
While Heidfeld's charge up the field was a plus for Renault, the performance of team-mate Vitaly Petrov was less impressive as he lost speed and places as the race wore on. Having run fifth through the opening stages, the Russian would end up outside the points in eleventh, ahead of the Force India
pairing Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.
Although the tyre gamble taken by the team in qualifying did allow the pair to make up places in the race, the pair failed to have the ultimate pace to break into the points.
Sebastien Buemi took 14th for Toro Rosso
ahead of Pastor Maldonado, who lacked the pace to keep his Williams
anywhere near the points, while Jaime Alguersuari
and Rubens Barrichello
were lapped twice en-route to 16th and 17th.
Jarno Trulli was best of the new teams in 18th place, with team-mate Heikki Kovalainen
unable to build on his qualifying performance as he crashed out at turn four on lap 49. Timo Glock, Jerome D'Ambrosio and Narain Karthikeyan rounded out the finishers.
Aside from Kovalainen, Tonio Liuzzi stopped on track early in the race while Felipe Massa
endured a wretched race in his Ferrari
which included a spin at turn ten before he eventually pulled off the track with six laps to go.
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while updated championship standings can be found HERE