- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third
straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading
from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.
showed again that it's in a different class from its
rivals, with Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg taking
second place - the third time in four races this
season the pair have finished one-two.
is a team on a roll, that's for sure," Hamilton
said. "I'm going to be working hard, we're going
to keep working hard because obviously the others are
pushing to catch us."
Fernando Alonso held off fast-charging Red Bull driver
Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and give his team its
first podium finish of the year, with new team
principal Marco Mattiacci watching from the garage.
was fourth, finishing one place ahead of teammate
Sebastian Vettel after the four-time defending world
champion was asked by his team to allow the faster
Ricciardo to pass for the second race in a row.
win gave him his first career hat trick following his
victories in Malaysia and Bahrain. The Briton may have
even had a fourth win this season but was forced to
retire in the season-opener in Australia after
starting from pole position due to engine trouble.
the win, he inched closer to his teammate's lead in
the drivers' championship with 75 points, just four
who moved one ahead of Jim Clark for most poles by a
British driver with the 34th of his career in
Shanghai, was cruising so comfortably at the end of
Sunday's race that he wasn't even rattled when the
checkered flag was mistakenly shown a lap too soon, at
the end of lap 55.
was very strange. I was thinking, 'Am I seeing
things?' I looked up, I was coming across the line
expecting to do another lap and, all of a sudden, I
looked for a split second and I saw the flag," he
to F1 regulations, if the checkered flag is shown
early, the official end of the race will be the lap
before it was shown. On Sunday, that meant the end of
only racers this affected were Caterham's Kamui
Kobayashi and Marussia's Jules Bianchi. Kobayashi had
passed the Frenchman on their final lap for 17th
place, but their places were reversed in the official
was so far ahead for much of the race, his rivals were
left to battle for second best.
expected to challenge Hamilton in Shanghai after the
pair's incredibly tight duel in Bahrain, started
fourth on the grid and was forced to play catch-up
after a slow start immediately dropped him back to
German methodically tracked down the two Red Bulls and
finally passed Alonso on the back straight of the 43rd
lap, the Ferrari unable to match the speed of the
then set his sights on Hamilton but he was by that
point too far ahead, finishing nearly 19 seconds clear
of the German.
have the best car," Rosberg said. "But I was
back there, so then catching up was nice with this
fast car. It's a good weapon."
started third on the grid and briefly moved to second
before beginning to fade as his tires wore out. After
Rosberg passed him, he was asked to give way to
Ricciardo on the 25th lap — a repeat of what
happened two weeks ago at the Bahrain GP.
of acceding, however, Vettel asked his team what tires
Ricciardo was using and when told they were both on
mediums, the German responded, "Tough luck."
At the start of the next lap, though, Vettel did make
way and finished a distant 24 seconds behind his
Bull team principal Christian Horner explained
afterward that the team had different tire strategies
for the drivers, planning a two-stop race for
Ricciardo and a three-stop race for Vettel.
soon as (Vettel) understood that, he immediately let
him through," he said. "You could see he
simply didn't have the pace to hold him back there. It
who has qualified behind Ricciardo three times to
start the season, agreed with the decision given his
not yet where I want to be with the car, but it's an
on-going process," he said. "Hopefully at
the next few races we will make some more steps in the
India had both its drivers finish in the points with
Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth and Sergio Perez
driver Valtteri Bottas was seventh, Ferrari's Kimi
Raikkonen was eighth, and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kyvat
finished in 10th, another impressive showing by the