Following torrential downpours, the Grand Prix was red flagged for more than 30 minutes, when barely nine laps had been completed. But amid the gloom was a stand out performance by Sauber’s Sergio Perez who finished second behind Alonso to record only his first podium finish. Barring a mistake, at Turn 14, when he climbed on to the kerb, Mexican Perez should have won.
Amongst the losers, McLaren had shone in qualifying and their poor performance in the event would therefore have been all the more frustrating. While the elements seemed to conspire against Lewis Hamilton who slid out of contention after the restart, a delay owing to a pit crew error did not improve matters and he finished third behind Perez. Teammate Jenson Button’s race came to a virtual end after his crash into the rear of Narain’s HRT left him languishing in thirteenth place.
Incidentally, Narain was also involved in a late collision with red Bull’s Vettel that resulted in a puncture to Vettel’s rear wheel that left Vettel fuming.
Michael Schumacher and world champion Sebastian Vettel also failed, with Lotus’s Romain Grosjean crashing into Schumacher during the first lap and mechanical problems hampered Vettel’s progress. Vettel finished eleventh, one place behind Schumacher. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber finished in fourth place followed by Kimi Raikonnen and Bruno Senna in fifth and sixth places.
With this win, Alonso leads the World Championship, five points adrift of Red Bull’s Hamilton. Alonso’s win was all the more creditable as he did it with the F2012 that is not considered a good car on the F-One circuit.
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