The top ten was completed by former world champions Raikkonen and Alonso, followed by Nick Heidfeld in the second BMW, the luckless Nakajima, McLaren duo Hamilton and Kovalainen, Scuderia Toro Rosso rookie Sébastien Buemi, Piquet – who enjoyed an entertaining, literally wheel-to-wheel scrap with erstwhile GP2 Series rival Hamilton mid-race – Sutil and Sébastien Bourdais.
All the talking after the race, though, was focussed on the winner, who has now equalled a record held by the great Michael Schumacher and Jim Clark in triumphing in six of the first seven grands prix of the campaign. Should he make it seven out of eight next time out, get ready for the party to end all parties at Silverstone in a fortnight's time...
Crash.net Driver of the Day:
Mark Webber (out-witted team-mate Vettel with a canny drive on a day when the Red Bulls just couldn't live with Brawn's pace)
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