Nico Rosberg finished fourth, Lewis Hamilton fifth, Felipe Massa sixth, Jenson Button seventh, Sergio Perez eighth, Nico Hulkenberg ninth and Adrian Sutil tenth.
Although it wasn’t a year, Vettel and his Infiniti Red Bull (powered by Renault) were in a league of their own and officially finished 33 seconds ahead of second-place Alonso’s Ferrari. Raikkonen, in a Lotus-Renault, was about 11 seconds behind the Ferrari.
It was no contest from the start. When the lights went out, Vettel and Rosberg had a little dice going into the first corner and for a millisecond it looked like Rosberg's Mercedes might have had the edge.
But Vettel played it perfectly, letting Rosberg slide a little wide, and then cutting back on the inside to take the lead at corner two and then say "sayonara." He picked up about a second a lap on the field from then until the first round of pit stops.
Although his performance was impressive, it was also somewhat embarrassing for the sport as the TV cameras would show Vettel flash past and then there would be nothing but empty road for a large number of agonizing seconds before the second-place car would come into view.
Although the Twitterverse was alive with commendations for Alonso, who flew from seventh on the grid at the start to third place on the first lap and then managed his tires perfectly to move into second and hold it to the checkers, the driver of the race was Raikkonen, who qualified 13th and fought his way onto the podium over the course of the street race’s 61 laps that were run at night.
Many people were hoping the laps toward the end would result in a showdown between "future teammates" Alonso and Raikkonen but it was not to be.
Poor Mark Webber was looking good for a possible podium finish late in the race but his engine went sour on the second last lap – he lost water pressure – and the car eventually caught on fire, forcing the second Red Bull driver to find a marshal station with a fire extinguisher.
Other retirements were Raikkonen’s Lotus teammate Romain Grosjean, who’d qualified third and was having a good run, and Daniel Ricciardo in the Torro Roso and Paul Di Resta in the Force India.
Grosjean suffered engine problems while Ricciardo and Di Resta appeared to lose concentration while driving along all by themselves and crashed straight into walls after missing turns (although I'm sure the teams will come up with some some sort of mechanical - or other - excuses for the offs).
Here is the rundown:
01 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:59:13.132
02 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +32.6
03 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus +43.9
04 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +51.1
05 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +53.1
06 Felipe Massa Ferrari +63.8
07 Jenson Button McLaren +83.3
08 Sergio Perez McLaren +83.8
09 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber +84.2
10 Adrian Sutil Force India +84.6
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams +88.4
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber +97.8
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams +
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso +
15 Giedo van der Garde Caterham +1 lap
16 Max Chilton Marussia +1 lap
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia +1 lap
18 Charles Pic Caterham +1 lap
19 Mark Webber Red Bull +1 lap
20 Paul di Resta Force India +7 laps
R Romain Grosjean Lotus +24 laps
R Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso +38 laps