|Photo: Francesco Crippa|
...but it's Alonso who is smiling.
A 37 point lead might seem like a lot but , with seven races remaining and a maximum 175 points still in play, Alonso has a long road ahead of him, it's by no means over.
Some observations on the race.
There was much to do was about the Alonso Vettel incident, almost a mirror image of last year. After Spa and Grosjean there was little doubt everyone would be under the FIA microscope but, as it turns out, it was a straight forward decision for the stewards, Emanuele Pirro explained:
"After Bahrein, when Nico Rosberg forced Hamilton to complete a pass beyond the circuit boundaries and later Alonso to have to lift to avoid going off track, the FIA issued very clear guidelines"
"The leading driver can choose his line up until the driver behind brings any part of his car beside the leading car's rear wheels: at that moment the driver ahead is obliged to leave one car width of space. Vettel's penalty was correct as Alonso front wing was well beyond the Red Bull's rear tires."
"There is no doubt, Connelly and I had prepared a powerpoint presentation after Bahrain that showed drivers all possible scenarios and consequences. Drivers know how they should behave."
There was a question about the incident between Senna and Di Resta which did not result in a penalty to which Pirro replies:
"There was no double standard, TV pictures showed how Senna was already on the grass when he started the overtaking maneuver. As the Brazilian was beyond the white line it was he who was taking the extra risk and Di Resta was under no obligation to leave him room as he had the right to his line into the corner."
Fantastic Race for Sauber.
experience" but was I the only one noticing a very distinct lack of..."feeling" in the body language between him and Alonso after the race?
Speaking of body language, what is going on with Hamilton? Something's going on there, the guy is not a happy camper.
Finally, this this race seal the deal for a one year renewal for Massa? I say maybe, he needs to continue to remember what it feels like not to be a midpack runner for the rest of the season and take precious points away from Alonso's rivals, Can Felipe do it?
Bonus, check out these two clips, Nico Hulkenberg had some interesting moments...
Pos Driver Team Time 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1h19:41.221 2. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 4.356 3. Alonso Ferrari + 20.594 4. Massa Ferrari + 29.667 5. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 30.881 6. Schumacher Mercedes + 31.259 7. Rosberg Mercedes + 33.550 8. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 41.057 9. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 43.898 10. Senna Williams-Renault + 48.144 11. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 48.682 12. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 50.316 13. d'Ambrosio Lotus-Renault + 1:15.861 14. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 15. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 16. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 17. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 18. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap 19. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap 20. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 2 laps 21. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 3 laps 22. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 6 laps Fastest lap: Rosberg, 1:27.239 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Button McLaren-Mercedes 32 Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8 World Championship standings, round 13: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Alonso 179 1. Red Bull-Renault 272 2. Hamilton 142 2. McLaren-Mercedes 243 3. Raikkonen 141 3. Ferrari 226 4. Vettel 140 4. Lotus-Renault 217 5. Webber 132 5. Mercedes 126 6. Button 101 6. Sauber-Ferrari 100 7. Rosberg 83 7. Force India-Mercedes 63 8. Grosjean 76 8. Williams-Renault 54 9. Perez 65 9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12 10. Massa 47 11. Schumacher 43 12. Kobayashi 35 13. Di Resta 32 14. Hulkenberg 31 15. Maldonado 29 16. Senna 25 17. Vergne 8 18. Ricciardo 4