Greater Noida: World Champion Sebastian Vettel won the action-packed inaugural Indian Grand Prix with ease for his 11th triumph this season while home team Sahara Force India earned two points through Adrian Sutil's ninth-place finish at Buddh International Circuit on Sunday. Formula One Special coverage (Agencies)
The race began on a thrilling note as cars spun at the first corner itself with Lotus' Jarno Trulli skidding on to the grass just after Williams Rubens Barrichello and Suaber's K Kobayashi clashed.
In the first lap itself, Timo Glock and Barrichello were in the pit lane and Kobayashi was out of the race. While Barrichello managed to resume after the pit-stop, Glock's race ended soon after.
Taking advantage of the initial chaos, Schumacher zoomed to eighth from 11th, joining teammate Nico Rosberg in top-10.
Then Webber and Button were locked in a heart-stopping fight for the second place in lap five but the McLaren driver kept his place.
Sutil was in the ninth position after starting at eighth and Karthikeyan, who had started from the last, had moved to an impressive 16th after 11 laps but soon dropped to 19th.
Di Resta and Sergio Perez battled for the 16th place and the Force India driver showed that the pace of his car has improved by overtaking the Sauber driver.
The race grew in intensity and Sutil found himself in a spot of bother as he slipped from ninth to 13th with Sauber's Jamie Alguersuari and Toro Rosso's Sebastian Buemi overtaking him.
Starting from pole, Vettel faced no challenge whatsoever as he cruised to a comfortable 8.4 seconds win over McLaren's Jenson Button.
Button did push hard towards the end but the Red Bull driver was way too ahead to beat. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third, followed by Red Bull's Mark Webber, who had started second on the grid.
Sutil had dropped to 13th after starting from eighth but the Force India driver pulled his way back and pipped Sergio Perez of Sauber in the dying minutes of the race to secure the ninth position.
The result strengthened Force India's sixth position in the constructor's championship as it is now leading nearest rival Sauber by 10 points. Force India now has 51 points.
Paul di Resta, the other home team driver, finished outside the points bracket at the 13th place.
Narain Karthikeyan, the only Indian driver on the grid, had a tremendous result as he finished 17th after starting last in the race, in which five drivers crashed out, including Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
Mercedes' Michael Schumacher, followed keenly in India, also had a marvelous result as he recorded his third best result of the season by taking the fifth position after starting 11th on the grid.
Greater Noida: World Champion Sebastian Vettel won the action-packed inaugural Indian Grand Prix with ease for his 11th triumph this season while home team Sahara Force India earned two points through Adrian Sutil's ninth-place finish at Buddh International Circuit on Sunday.
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