Red Bull's champion Sebastian Vettel was untouchable as he became the first man to win the Indian Grand Prix.
It was a straightforward win for pole-sitter Vettel but Jenson Button battled well to take second for McLaren.
Button passed Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished third, and Mark Webber's Red Bull on the first lap.
Lewis Hamilton hit Felipe Massa's Ferrari as he attempted to pass for fifth but this time Massa was punished and Hamilton finished seventh.
India made a vibrant debut on the F1 calendar, with the drivers universally praising the new Buddh International Circuit, built on farmland 25 miles outside the capital, Delhi.
But despite the colour and novelty off track, there was a familiar sight on it as Red Bull's double world champion ran away with the race to notch up his 11th win of 2011.