|1. Sebastian Vettel||10/10|
Started: 1st Finished: 1st
Always looked destined to take his 13th pole position of the season and ended up 0.3s clear of Lewis Hamilton in qualifying. It was typical Vettel: a smooth run during qualifying and didn't miss a beat throughout Friday and Saturday.
Come the race, it was also typical Vettel. He made a good start to hold the lead into the first corner and was 1.303s clear of Jenson Button at the end of the first lap.
From there, you always felt that he had everything under control. He was able to make his tyres last as long as Button, waiting until a lap after the McLaren man had headed in before pitting himself each time. This showed that Vettel and Red Bull had the race under control from start to finish as the German kept Button at arm's length throughout.
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