It was a weekend of domination for Sebastian Vettel, so dominant was the German he watched the final minutes of qualifying from the comfort of his garage and still went on to take pole position.
When the lights went out, front row starter Nico Rosberg made it passed Vettel at turn one but ran wide allowing his fellow German back into the lead. From then on not even a safety car could stop Vettel from taking his third victory in a row by a comfortable margin.
Further back saw a monumental battle for the points positions. Fernando Alonso made an electric start and benefitted from the safety car period to finish second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who passed Jenson Button in the closing stages.
With many drivers gambling on tyres at the end, the final ten laps saw Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton fighting back through the field after late pit stops. Webber had made it up to fourth but a loss of water pressure saw him drop back and retire on the final lap of the race.