Sebastian Vettel bests Jenson Button at first Indian Grand Prix
F1 champion Sebastian Vettel has shown that he has no intention of 'slacking off' for the remainder of the season, as he gets the better of Jenson Button to claim a victory at the first ever Indian Grand Prix...
The young German driver displayed all the qualities that have made him the sport's youngest ever champion in an abundance; he managed to claim pole position, then made the rest of the race look like a straight forward affair as he racked up yet another win in his hugely impressive season.
Button put in an admirable performance to obtain a second place finish for McLaren, while Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third to take the remaining place on the podium.
The race also saw a recurrence of a familiar theme from this season; Lewis Hamilton again collided with Ferrari's Felipe Massa in an attempt to take fifth position, but unlike previous races, it was Massa who found himself on the end of a penalty – despite this, Hamilton could only muster a seventh place finish.
"Felipe just turned in on me," Hamilton protested on the pit-to-car radio. "He didn't give me any space."
The inaugural Indian Grand Prix appeared to be a huge success, with virtually all the drivers praising the new Buddh International Circuit, which sits 25 miles outside of India's capital of Delhi.
The latest win has cemented Vettel as the world's best driver, giving the rest of the F1 field a great deal to think about as they wait for the new season. Hamilton has already promised that he will return in 2012 with a new resolve and focus, but it remains to be seen whether anybody is capable of stopping the juggernaut that is Sebastian Vettel.
Meanwhile, William Hill, Stan James and bet365 currently offer 9/2 odds that Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will go on to win the 2012 F1 drivers' championship title.