Reuters - Sun, 27 Jun 12:45:00 2010
Formula One world champion Jenson Button finished third for McLaren after an afternoon full of incident, controversy and uncertainty at a street circuit that has offered few thrills in the past.
Hamilton, who had started the day three points clear of his team mate, now has 127 points to Button's 121 after nine races with Vettel (pictured) on 115 after chalking up his second win of the season.
While Vettel thrust himself back into the thick of the title chase by leading from pole to chequered flag, team mate Mark Webber provided the day's big drama when he walked away unscathed from a massive crash.
"Motor racing has just seen one of its luckiest days. That could have been a very, very bad incident," said David Coulthard, the former Red Bull driver.
The safety car was deployed for four laps after Webber's accident, triggering a drive-through penalty for Hamilton, who was judged to have illegally overtaken as it exited the pit lane.
To the fury of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who was immediately behind and found himself held up by the safety car, Hamilton had built up a sufficient margin that he was able to take his penalty and still retain position.
The drive-through, on the 27th of 57 laps, still took the sting out of what might have been an enthralling battle at the front as Hamilton chased his third win in a row.
Alonso, who finished ninth in front of his home crowd, could still end up having the last laugh, with nine drivers - including Button - taking the chequered flag under investigation by stewards for driving too quickly when the safety car was on track.
Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa made it a double points finish for Sauber in 10th place.