Formula One is back, and besides a few teams and drivers unable to compete during various points of the weekend, the racing was straightforward with the two Mercedes out in front on their own. Hamilton led Rosberg comfortably, the race seemingly won once Rosberg failed to keep up with Hamilton after the Safety Car restart.
Further down the road, Vettel clinched the final podium position having been able to get in front of Massa’s Williams during the pit stops, after which Vettel was able to just manage the gap, clinching his first podium in his first race for Ferrari.
Behind the Ferrari and Williams, Felipe Nasr secured fifth place for Sauber, holding off Daniel Ricciardo who had trouble all weekend with the Red Bull.
Nico Hulkenberg finished seventh for Force India, Ericsson finished eighth in the second Sauber ahead of Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso. Sergio Perez clinched the final championship point in tenth. Jenson Button managed to finish eleventh for McLaren Honda.
The race won’t go down as a classic, and despite some clues as to how the grid is shaping up, it is still difficult to be certain as both Lotuses did not finish and other drivers such as Kvyat, Magnussen and Bottas were unable to take part in the race. Many of the teams will be hoping for better performance from their cars at the Malaysia Grand Prix in two weeks time.