Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel wins; Force India gets 4 points

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel scorched his way to a comfortable victory from pole at the Indian Grand Prix Formula One race while Force India earned four points through Nico Hulkenberg's eighth-place finish here today.

Vettel faced no challenge whatsoever as the Red Bull driver led from start to finish and recorded his fourth win on the trot to extend his lead in the drivers' championship to 13 points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Alonso raced amazingly as he went past the two McLaren cars and then Mark Webber to take second position, keeping himself in the hunt for the Drivers' title.

It was a perfect climax for Vettel, who dominated throughout by topping the timings in all FPs, qualifying and today won the race by comprehensive margin of 9.4 seconds.

Vettel, for whom it was second successive win at the India race, now has 240 points, 13 more than Alonso with three races left in the season.

"It has been incredible. To come here both years, get the pole and win the race is fantastic. It is a very special Grand Prix and I really like this circuit," Vettel said after the win.

Webber conceded his second position to Alonso but managed to finish third ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who was followed by teammate Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa was sixth in the second Ferrari, ahead of Kimi Raiokkonen, Hulkenbeg and teammate Romain Grosjean.

Willams' Bruno Senna took the last point available with 10th position.

Home side Force India also bettered its result as the side had got two points last year. Hulkenberg was superb as he gained four positions to finish eighth.

The result helped Force India reduce the gap with Sauber to 23 points in the Constructors' championship.

India's Narain Karthikeyan, who had problems in brakes, finished 21st. He had finished 17th last year.

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