So near yet so far. A blinding start put him in front for a moment. Then he overshot the corner and allowed Sebastian Vettel back into the lead. Second should really have been his had it not been for stopping too early, and when told to push by his team over the radio, he could be heard on the official broadcast openly challenging their calls, furious that he had been leapfrogged by Mark Webber. And his teammate Lewis Hamilton will have similar regrets.
Dragged the Red Bull back up from 11th when he made his final stop to fourth, was bearing down on third when his engine began to fail. Short-shifting the gears could not protect him—after 60 laps and seven corners of the 61, he had to pull out and withdraw when the car went up in flames.
Was comfortably ahead of his more illustrious teammate Kimi Raikkonen until an air problem forced him into an extra pit stop. Forty seconds in the pits later, his race was effectively over, and he was retired soon after. Fortune has not favoured the Frenchman for some time.