Mercedes' Nico Rosberg stormed to his first ever victory since he made his F1 debut at Bahrain in 2006 ahead of McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. This is also the first time Mercedes has won a race since its return to Formula 1 in 2010.
Rosberg got a clear start ahead of team-mate Michael Schumcher as the Mercedes duo safely led the field on lap 1. Things weren't the same from the second row as Kobayashi lost a number of places and was down in 7th place at the end of lap 1. Button overtook Raikkonen in the initial set of corners as his team mate Lewis Hamilton got an equally flying start moving into 5th place at the end of lap 1. Webber overtook Alonso in earlier part of lap 1 before the Spaniard regained the position at the end of back-straight.
As Rosberg got a clear 3 second lead ahead of the rest of the field, a large trail of drivers was formed behind Schumcher. However, they was no change in the order until everyone found that Webber's new medium tyres were much faster than the options.
Hamilton and Raikkonen were the first to pit on lap 10 with Hamilton gaining a place over the latter thanks to a faster pitstop. They went out side by side throughout the pits but the Finnish was left with no room at the exit and thus lost the place to Hamilton. He further lost a place to Red Bull's Mark Webber.
Mercedes of Schumacher and Nico Rosberg made their pit stop on lap 12 and 13 respectively, with the 7 time world champion becoming the sole retirement of the race thanks to a loosely fit rear wheel. The German team were later fined €5,000 by FIA for the unsafe release. After the first round of pit stops, it was Rosberg leading by four seconds over Button, Hamilton, Webber, Raikkonen and Alonso.
The second round of pitstop started with Webber pitting on lap 21. The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button followed the Aussie as they made their pit stops on 22nd and 24th lap respectively. It was clear by that time that it was that it was drivers with 2 pit stop strategies versus drivers with 3 pit stop strategies. Last year, Hamilton won the race with a 3 pit stop strategy. Both the McLarens appeared to be on a 3 pit stop strategy while Rosberg against the odds opted for one that required two pit stops. The German made his second and final pit stop at the end of lap 33.
Webber was again the first one to pit as he made his third pit stop on lap 34, followed by the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Button's hope of winning his second race of the season faded as his pit crew failed to fit the left rear tyre properly meaning it took over 9 seconds for them to complete the pit stop!
At the end of 42 lap, the top 10 order was - Rosberg, Raikkonen, Vettel, Button, Grosjean, Webber, Senna, Hamilton, Maldonado and Alonso. While Rosberg was over 20 second clear of Raikkonen, there was a trail of 6 drivers behind the Finnish, all battling for positions.
Starting lap 48, Raikkonen lost many places thanks to his worn out tyres as he found himself in 12th place causing a total reshuffle in the order. The McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton then overtook the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel by lap 50 respectively.
Webber later overtook his Red Bull teammate and defending double world champion Sebastian Vettel. Further back, Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez made a near contact on the back straight before the Japanese overtook Perez.
Rosberg thus won his first grand prix ahead of the McLarens and Red Bulls of Button, Hamilton, Webber and Vettlel. Romain Grosjean finished in 6th place ahead of Williams of Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado. Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi were the sole point scorers for Ferrari and Sauber as they finished in 9th and 10th place respectively.
Checo who impressed with his pace in Malaysia could only finish in 11th ahead of Force India's Paul di Resta and Ferrari of Felipe Massa. Raikkonen once running in 2nd place finished in a disappointing 14th place ahead of the 2nd Force India of Nico Hulkenberg and two Toro Rossos - Vergne and Ricciardo. A long fourth pit stop for Kovalainen meant a different grid than usual at the end, as his teammate as well as the Marussias and HRTs finished ahead of the Finn.
So after three races, Hamilton(45) leads the drivers championship ahead of Button(43), Alonso(37), Webber(36) and Vettel(28). In constructors standings, McLaren(88) are 24 points ahead of Red Bull(64) with Ferrari(37), Sauber(31)and Mercedes(26) in 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.