Nico Rosberg’s winning streak continued at the Chinese Grand Prix with a third straight victory of the season as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had to settle for seventh.
But the race behind Rosberg was far from boring, with carnage at the first corner creating a mixed up order that delivered wheel-to-wheel battles until the chequered flag. After hitting team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the start, Sebastian Vettel dropped to 15th before mounting a comeback drive with a damaged front wing to finish second. Daniil Kvyat drove a solid race to third to take Red Bull’s first podium of the year.
Hamilton’s woes in China this weekend appeared endless and his seventh place finish now leaves him 36 points off Rosberg in the title race. After starting from the back of the grid after an engine problem in qualifying, he lost his front wing in the first corner due to contact with Felipe Nasr at Turn 1, which in turn saw him adopt an unusual five stop strategy.
The time lost replacing the front wing was made up under a safety car period, but the damage caused when the wing came off caused him to loose a chunk of downforce, significantly lengthening his braking distances at Shanghai’s main overtaking opportunities. He battled hard, but could do no better than seventh by the chequered flag. Read More