Gaining a place at the first corner, and quickly passing Nunes to move into third, the Brazilian pushed Hulkenberg to the limit during the first few laps, but was not able to pass him. At the end of the eighth lap, he made his mandatory pit-stop and, what looked like a good opportunity for him to improve his position, soon became a fight against Maldonado, who ran fourth.
di Grassi was able to fight off the Venezuelan's attacks and continued in third position until, with two laps left, the safety car was deployed to cover a heavy crash for rookie Stefano Coletti. With the race finishing under caution, di Grassi was able to hold on to his podium spot.
"I had a good start and good first lap, and the car behaved very well during the first half of the race," the Brazilian reported, "Then we lost a bit of performance and I had to fight with Maldonado. But we scored good points and I am happy for my team as well. Now I am third in the championship and close to Petrov."