The Red Bull driver got to the front early in the race and was able to manage his pace throughout proceedings to win ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in a repeat of last year’s podium.
The Lotus duo had to fight through the field to make it to the rostrum, Raikkonen qualified ninth and Grosjean only claimed third place after overtaking Paul di resta five laps from the end of the race. The Force India driver had been on course for his first career podium but will be very satisfied with a fourth place finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes driver enjoyed a spirited fight with Mark Webber in the closing stages with the Australian also overtaken by Sergio Perez on the final lap after struggling with his tyres in his final stint. Fernando Alonso was eighth after a difficult race that saw him struggle without DRS for most of the 57 lap race.
Polesitter Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button were the final points finishers after both drivers needed four visits to the pits after struggling with tyre life. They were far from alone in having such difficulty with Felipe Massa suffering two punctures en route to 15th. The Brazilian clashed with Adrian Sutil on the opening lap with the German suffering a puncture after contact.
Full report to follow….