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Sebastian Vettel 1st: Vettel's strategy of focusing on turn 3 in order to give himself enough of a gap from Button on the long straight early in the race allowed the double world champion to control the race despite having Jenson Button keeping pace with him. Managing his tyres was also crucial as it allowed him to put the hammer down on lap with six laps to go in the race.Jenson Button 2nd: The McLaren driver's trademark smooth driving style clearly paid dividends on the BIC's tricky layout that featured plenty of fast corners with rapid changes in direction. Finishing under 10 seconds behind Vettel when the German is in this kind of form is no mean feat.Fernando Alonso 3rd: The former double world champion may have justified his tag as the most complete driver in Formula One with a podium here, but his demeanour clearly suggested that the Spaniard is itching for the 2012 season to begin and 2011 to end as soon as possible.Michael Schumacher 5th: The former seven-time champion had to make do with unbalanced tyres in qualifying but had no such trouble in the race. A long stint on soft tyres allowed the German to get the better of teammate Rosberg when he made his stop for the mandatory hard tyres.Lewis Hamilton 7th: The best news Lewis Hamilton had in the entire race was when his team informed him that for once, it was Felipe Massa and not him who would be penalized after the two came together yet again this season.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2011 11:07 IST