RACE REPORT Ricciardo pitted for intermediate tyres as soon as the Safety Car left the track and emerged to find himself behind Force India’s Sergio Perez. The Australian spent some time bottled up behind the Mexican and when he eventually got past Ricciardo found himself 16.5 seconds behind then third-placed Rosberg. The Australian upped the ante to match Hamilton’s pace at one point, but he could make no inroads on the gap to the leaders and he crossed the line almost 18 seconds behind his Red Bull team-mate. After being passed by Ricciardo, Perez clung on to fifth under heavy pressure from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. But seven laps from home Raikkonen found a way past and the Finn took fifth place ahead of the Mexican. Seventh place went to his teammate Nico Hulkenberg, with Carlos Sainz taking a useful eighth place for Toro Rosso. Sebastian Vettel finished in ninth place after an eventful afternoon. The Ferrari driver was the first to take on slick tyres early in the race but soon after spun at Turn 1 and dropped down the field. He hauled his way back up the ranks but then while attempting to pass Williams’ Felipe Massa for P8, Vettel outbraked himself and both he and Massa were forced off the track. The incident resulted in a five seconds time penalty for Vettel but with Daniil Kvyat six seconds adrift, Vettel held ninth ahead of the Russian in tenth.