World championship contender Jenson Button from McLaren finished fourth while Nico Rosberg of Mercedes Petronas F1 managed fifth spot. Rubens Barrichello from Willams followed suit while Robert Kubica of the Renault F1 team and Adrian Sutil of Force India seventh and eighth. Nico Hulkenberg from Willaims and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa completed the top 10 in a drama filled race with only 16 drivers completing the race.
For the rookie teams, only Virgin Racing and Lotus Racing managed to finish. Lucas di Grassi of Virgin took home the fifteenth spot while Lotus’ Heiki Kovalainen too finished the race with a fire blown engine at the finishing line with 3 laps to go. Timo Glock of Virgin could not finish when he met with hydraulics problem while Nick Heidfeld of Sauber BMW too crashed out.
It was a set back for championship contender Lewis Hamilton who despite starting from third place had to retire due to an accident while Lotus’ Jarno Trulli too had to retire with a hydraulics problem. Liuzzi of Force India only managed one lap after an accident in the opening.
With the result, Red Bull pulled further ahead with both players finishing on the podium where they are now 383 points while McLaren-Mercedes is second with 359 points. There are still 4 races to go and McLaren could still pip Red Bull for the constructor’s title but with how things are going at the moment, that might not be likely. Ferrari too gained some ground keeping up with McLaren although they are about 60 points from the leader. This means that Mark Webber only leads Alonso with 11 points and anything can still happen for the drivers’ championship. It did not do that much damage to Hamilton’s chances though who is only 9 points behind Alonso. It is going to be very interesting from here on.