Sebastian Vettel victorious at the 2011 Indian Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 30, 2011

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was the winner at the first ever Indian Grand Prix held at the Buddh International Circuit. This is Vettel’s 11th win for the current Formula 1 season. Vettel had a clear-cut triumph. At the start of the race, front row partner and teammate Mark Webber had to fend off attacks from McLaren’s Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Vettel maintained a 4-5 second lead for a majority of the distance. He was the leader at each lap and he had the fastest lap of the race too. Button was able to get to second place on the first lap but Alonso twitched under braking and ran wide, permitting Webber to stay at third.

Button fought off advances by the Australian in the opening laps but McLaren was able to get away and headed to an unchallenged second. At the final stops, Webber had to relinquish third place to Alonso. He was the first to switch to the hard Pirellis and it cost him the spot. Yet again this season, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa had a collision.

On the first lap, the Ferrari was ahead of McLaren and had kept a safe distance in the front but at just before half-distance, it made an error that made Massa open to attacks from Hamilton. The collision happened as Hamilton went down the inside at Turn 5.

The stewards determined that Massa was at fault for not leaving enough room and the Brazilian got a drive-through penalty. Massa had to retire later when he smashed his suspension on a kerb, similar to what happened in qualifying. Meanwhile, Hamilton was able to recover from ninth to seventh after going to the pit for a new front wing.

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