Coming in second was Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, who finished 6.2 seconds behind Vettel. Mark Webber grabbed the third and final podium position after finishing 8.3 seconds behind his teammate Vettel.
Perfect warm and sunny conditions greeted the 22 drivers as they lined up on the grid. As they headed up the hill to turn one, the order was Vettel from pole, while Grosjean and Hamilton got ahead of Webber who once again suffered a slow start.
Adrian Sutil crashed heavily in his Force India after a coming together with Pastor Maldonado’s Williams and that immediately brought the safety car out on the opening lap. The race resumed on lap four, and from here the order didn’t change much.
Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton finished fourth while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished fifth and in the process secured second place in the 2013 Drivers’ Championship. With Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen missing yesterday’s race and also set to miss the final race in Brazil, Hamilton is likely to finish third overall in the Drivers’ standings.
Rounding out the top ten were Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg in sixth, soon-to-be ex-McLaren driver Sergio Perez in seventh, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas in eighth, Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg in ninth and McLaren’s other driver Jenson Button in tenth. Unfortunately for Heikki Kovalainen, who filled in Räikkönen’s Lotus seat in the race, he only managed to finish 14th.
In the Drivers’ Championship, Sebastian Vettel’s points tally now moves up to 372 points versus the 227 of Fernando Alonso and 187 of Lewis Hamilton. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull has 553, while Mercedes AMG retains its second place with 348 to Ferrari’s 333.
We’re now just a week out from the final race of the year, the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.