Luzzi put two wheels on the grass heading in the chicane, lost control and slide into the pack, taking out Nico Rosberg and Renault's Petrov. The accident brought out the safety car for a few laps. At the restart Schumacher caught a napping Hamilton and took 3rd place. He managed to hold him off for a number of laps, this allowed Button to catch up and turn it into a three battle. Hamilton attempted to over take Schumacher on lap 16, but only to pushed off on the grass, allowing Button to pass Hamilton and then passing the Mercedes GP car at the final chicane.
As the race went on the Merc car began to lose it's race pace, allowing Hamilton to make the pass, who began chasing Alonso. Hamilton in the end had to settle for forth place after running out of laps.
Schumacher settled for 5th place ahead of Massa, who lost his front wing after a clash with RBR's Webber earlier in the race, and dropping down to 10th place. Torro Rosso's Alguersuari finished 7th, followed by Di Resta, Senna, and Buemi to round up the top 10.
After the race, Ross could only describe Michaelís drive as
Norbert described the first half of the race as probably one of the best television shows of the year:
Full Race Results
|1||S Vettel (GER)||Red Bull||25|
|2||J Button (GBR)||McLaren||18|
|3||F Alonso (ESP)||Ferrari||15|
|4||LC Hamilton (GBR)||McLaren||12|
|5||M Schumacher (GER)||Mercedes-Benz||10|
|6||F Massa (BRA)||Ferrari||8|
|7||J Alguersuari (ESP)||Toro Rosso||6|
|8||P di Resta (GBR)||Force India||4|
|9||B Senna (BRA)||Renault||2|
|10||S Buemi (SUI)||Toro Rosso||1|
|11||P Maldonado (VEN)||Williams||-|
|12||RG Barrichello (BRA)||Williams||-|
|13||H Kovalainen (FIN)||Lotus||-|
|14||J Trulli (ITA)||Lotus||-|
|15||T Glock (GER)||Virgin||-|
|16||D Ricciardo (AUS)||HRT||-|