As the checkered flag fell at the final race of the season, Red Bull secured a 1-2 finish, with Mark Webber taking his first victory at the final race of the 2011 season. Webber has had an undeniably disappointing season relative to his performance in 2010, and was quite relieved to finally be on the top step of the podium for the first time since Hungary last season.
Vettel finished second to Webber. He had gearbox problems for nearly the entire race, and had to relinquish his lead to Mark Webber. After passing Vettel, Webber had no problem pulling out a lead to Vettel. He set three fastest laps in the last three laps of the race, sprinting to the finishing line to finish far ahead of his team mate. However, Vettel had enough of a gap in the first half of the race to keep Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso behind.
McLaren had a relatively disappointing race, with Jenson Button finishing a distant third behind Vettel, and Hamilton failing to finish due to a transmission failure. This allowed Massa to finish in 5th behind his team mate. Force India had a fantastic race, with Adrian Sutil racing through to sixth, and his team mate Paul di Resta finishing in 8th position, sandwiching the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. The second Mercedes of Schumacher struggled with a puncture, and eventually finished far from the points in 15th place.
The final two points positions were taken by Kamui Kobayashi and Vitaly Petrov. This allowed Sauber to secure 7th position from Toro Rosso, by a small margin of three championship points. Toro Rosso had a disappointing race to end their season, with Alguesauri and Buemi finishing 11th and 12th respectively.