Behind Button, Pastor Maldonado was a long way from ending Williams' points drought in eleventh, but brought the FW35 home ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, the recovering Sutil and team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Massa, who suffered – but managed - a damaged front wing in his clash with Sutil, then saw his afternoon go further downhill with two tyre failures, eventually coming home 15th, the last unlapped runner.
Daniel Ricciardo was next up after a quiet afternoon, with Caterham's Charles Pic just under ten seconds behind the Toro Rosso. Esteban Gutierrez was just half a second behind Pic after also having to pit early for repairs, while the Marussias of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton got the better of Giedo van der Garde as the Dutchman suffered a difficult afternoon after hitting the stranded STR entry of Jean-Eric Vergne on lap one and putting his countryman out of the race.
Vettel's victory opens a ten-point gap over Raikkonen after four races, with Hamilton moving into third overall, a further 17 points adrift. Alonso, despite his handful of points, is fully 30 behind his nemesis as the F1 circus prepares to head back to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix.