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The standout performance for me came from the cockpit of a Force India. Sky F1 commentator and former racer Martin Brundle agreed by making Adrian Sutil his driver of the day.
Sutil perfectly illustrated the reason why he was chosen by Vijay Mallya to return to Formula 1 after a year's absence.
Starting from 12th on the grid gave Sutil an immediate advantage as he could start on whichever tyre he liked.
He chose not to run on the super-soft tyres that had to be run by those who had made qualifying three, meaning his first stint saw him stay on track much longer.
This allowed Sutil to become a surprise race leader, but what really demonstrated his superb performance was his ability to hold off Vettel and the two Ferraris, before he eventually made his first pit stop.
Even the stewards seemed stunned, as throughout the race Sutil faced the indignity of having blue flags waved in his face as his fellow front runners tried to get past.
They seemed not to notice, that as Vettel and Co. approached, Sutil continued to display an impressive consistency of pace that saw him match the lap times of those in stronger cars.
Instead of leading for what was expected to be a mere few corners, instead he held on for a number of laps, and even began to edge out a comfortable enough lead over triple world champion Vettel.
At this stage, you would expect any driver in a middle-of-the-pack car to just fade as the race reached its climax. Yet when the next round of pit-stops began, Sutil regained the lead once more.
This time, he was not as accomplished at keeping his rivals behind him, but still he continued to demonstrate enough speed to hopefully sustain a top-five finish.
Unfortunately for Sutil, a tactical decision to stick him on the super-soft tyres a few laps earlier than predicted cost him dearly. The Force India team looked to make the decision to see if Sutil could catch and potentially pass Felipe Massa and turn a confident fifth into a momentous fourth-placed finish.
The super-soft tyres sadly let him down. They lost grip and speed almost immediately, causing Sutil to lose time at an alarming rate. He was a sitting duck as Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber breezed past.
On the final lap, his team mate Paul Di Resta almost made it past as well.
Sutil's seventh-placed finish therefore was a couple of places lower than he deserved. Yet his sensational return to the sport after a season-long gap, gives rise to the idea that he should never have been let go.
If Sutil were to sustain this level of performance as the season progresses, then there is no reason why he cannot bulldoze his way into a bigger team.
For someone who has often been seen as a nearly man, this would be a joyous outcome and one that would silence his critics once and for all.