Lewis Hamilton, who started from the first row on the grid, couldn't do better than eighth place, partially due to slow pit stops by the McLaren mechanics, a recurring team flaw. Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari
earned his first two points of the season finishing 9th, ahead of his former Ferrari teammate, Michael Schumacher. "I am very happy we made it here," said Vettel after the race. "We were not quite sure how competitive we would be. I think we started the season saying that the McLaren is the fastest car by quite a bit and we've seen that on Sunday. It can be a different picture. I think they still have one of the strongest packages."