Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel held off the challenge from Kimi Raikkonen to win his first race of the season. This means that 4 different drivers from 4 different teams have been on top step of the podium in first four races!
Vettel who started the race from pole position got a clear start ahead of Lewis Hamilton and team mate Mark Webber while Button who started 4th lost two places to Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso. Kimi Raikkonen made a great start from 11th place and was running in 7th place at the end of lap 1. Daniel Ricciardo who impressed with his pace in qualifying lost 10 places in the first lap. Rosberg was the other big loser as he slipped to 9th place in the opening lap.
At the back of the grid, Schumacher made a great start as he moved into 18th place after starting from a lowly 22nd place. Heikki Kovalainen suffered a puncture after his contact with Daniel Ricciardo which ruined Finn's race.
Back at the front, Vettel increased his lead to nearly 5 seconds and stayed away from charging Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen. On lap 6, Grosjean took the inside line on turn 1 and overtook Hamilton to take third place; on the same lap Kimi Raikkonen overtook the second McLaren of Jenson Button.
First round of pitstops started on lap 6 with McLaren again getting the pit stop wrong - this time with Lewis Hamilton who lost 6 seconds due to a problem in fitting the left rear tyre. He got out right next to Rosberg and was pushed out wide forcing the British driver to use overtake the former off the track. Vettel made his pitstop on lap 11 and came out behind di Resta who was on a two stop strategy. Vettel overtook the Scott the following lap.
Raikkonen who chose a new set of options overtook Button in the pits and Webber and Grosjean on track as he moved upto into second place.
Behind him, the rest of the field made their second pit stop starting lap 22. Hamilton again lost 6 seconds as the McLaren pit crew again had problem in fitting the left rear tyre and came out of the points. Rosberg was involved in another incident with Alonso on lap 25 as he pushed the Spaniard out of the track to retain his place. FIA investigated both the incidents after the race but found Rosberg to be innocent. Koabayashi and Di Resta who were on two stop strategy made their second pit stop on lap 31 and 34.
At the front, Raikkonen closed down to gap to Vettel to less than a second as they approached their 3rd and final pit stop. The Finn made an unsuccessful attempt to overtake Vettel on turn one and then made a mistake on turn 8 on the same lap, this meant that he could not close the gap using DRS in the following laps.
Both drivers made their third and final pit stop on lap 40 with Vettel choosing a set of options and Raikkonen going for prime tyres. Vettel made a clear three second lead in the following laps and eased pressure made by the Finn in previous laps. He retained the gap till the end as he eased to his 22nd career victory in Formula 1.
Raikkonen scored his first podium after his F1 comeback ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean. The French was further 7 seconds behind his team-mate but well ahead of Mark Webber as he scored his first F1 podium. Behind Webber, Rosberg finished in 5th place after overtaking di Resta in closing stages. Di Resta was the only one who successfully tried a two pit stop strategy to finish in a well deserved 6th place just ahead of Fernando Alonso.
It turned out to be a poor day for McLaren with Jenson Button retiring due to an exhaust issue from 7th place and Lewis Hamilton losing times twice in pits due to slow pit stops. The latter finished the race in 8th place ahead of Felipe Massa who scored his victory of the season. Michael Schumacher who had to start from 22nd place because of a problem in DRS and a further five place grid penalty due to a gearbox change took the final championship point.
Sergio Perez finished in 11th place in leading Sauber ahead of the second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg. The German lost plenty of places at the start of the race due to a faulty clutch and spent rest of the race in regaining those places. Kamui Kobayashi failed to manage his tyres for a two pit stop strategy and ultimately made his third pit stop on lap 50. The two Toro Rosso's - Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo finished in 14th and 15th place respectively ahead of the backmarkers - Caterham, Marussia and HRT.
Sebastian Vettel now tops the drivers standings with 53 points ahead with of Lewis Hamilton(49) and Webber(48). In the constructors, Red Bull leads the fight with 101 points ahead of McLaren(92) and Lotus(57).