Three In A Row For Hamilton - Chinese GP Results

Lewis Hamilton China Win

 

Lewis Hamilton will go into the European leg of the Formula 1 calendar, winning three of the last four races in a row whilst his team mate, Nico Rosberg will continue to lead the championship overall.

The Chinese Grand Prix remained a dry race and conditions couldn’t have been any better for the Mercedes team who managed to once again take the top two steps on the podium.

Hamilton finished 18 seconds ahead of Rosberg who finished a commanding seven seconds in front of Ferrari driver, Fernando Alonso, despite having an extremely poor start.

Alonso himself remained steady and focussed throughout the 56 laps of the Shanghai International Circuit, which enabled him to hold off and keep Daniel Ricciardo in fourth place to the end, even though the Australian was on a much better tyre strategy.

Though Ricciardo wasn’t able to take his first true podium of the year, he was able to finish a staggering 24 seconds ahead of the current and four time world champion, Sebastian Vettel in the sister Red Bull.

Once again, much to Vettel’s displeasure, the team ordered the German to let Ricciardo pass in the early stages of the race. But unlike Bahrain, Vettel was having none of it, telling the pit wall that it was “tough luck” that Ricciardo couldn’t pass him. Even so, Ricciardo managed to get past his team mate on the following lap without team orders anyway, and subsequently never saw the rear of his team mates car again throughout the race.

Meanwhile, after bumping wheels with Alonso on the opening lap, Felipe Massa had a disastrous pit stop which saw the Brazilian come out of the pits dead last and well behind his team mate, Valteri Bottas. Bottas had no such problems and would continue on racing wheel to wheel with Nico Hulkenberg until the final corner of the race; a scrap that Massa himself was initially leading until his lacklustre pit stop.

Kimi Raikkonen finished over a minute behind Hamilton, yet even so, Alosno’s third place on the podium will have the Scuderia patting themselves on the back for ousting Stefano Domenicali, despite his podium finish being possibly a stroke of luck.

Race Results

Position

Number

Driver

Team

1

44

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

6

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

3

14

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

4

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing

5

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing

6

27

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

7

77

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

8

7

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

9

11

Sergio Perez

Force India

10

26

Daniil Kvyat

STR

11

22

Jenson Button

McLaren

12

25

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR

13

20

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren

14

13

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus

15

19

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

16

21

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber

17

10

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham

18

17

Jules Bianchi

Marussia

19

4

Max Chilton

Marussia

20

9

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham

21

8

Romain Grosjean

Lotus

DNQ

99

Adrian Sutil

Sauber

 

Tags: Chinese Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo Fernando Alonso Ferrari Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Nico Rosberg Red Bull Racing

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