Hamilton dominates Chinese GP
Lewis Hamilton dominated 2014 Chinese Grand Prix as the Mercedes team secured a one-two finish with Nico Rosberg in second. After scoring the 34th pole position of his career on Saturday qualifying, Briton clinched a third consecutive victory leading from start to finish. Lewis achieved the milestone of 25 career wins, equalling Niki Lauda and Jim Clark. Nico started from fourth place and drove a composed race after a complete failure of the team’s telemetry system left his engineers without data throughout the race.
Fernando Alonso finished third and claimed the first podium of the season for Scuderia Ferrari which comes as a great relief after the very difficult race in Bahrain. Spaniard took his place after attacking all the way from the start, where he had his most worrying moment colliding with the Williams of former team-mate Felipe Massa. Nevertheless he could continue and ended the race in front of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Australian lost two places at the start, but was able to recover and finished ahead of his team mate Seabastian Vettel.
Sahara Force India continued its strong points-scoring form as Nico Hulkenberg finished in sixth place and Sergio Perez in ninth. Valtteri Bottas finished seventh for Williams. Kimi Raikkonen had a more difficult time, as he is still not feeling totally comfortable at the wheel. The Finn got away well making up a place to sit in the points positions right from the opening lap, but in the end, he could do no better than eighth.
Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10 in the Toro Rosso-Renault scoring another point. The Russian fought with team mate Jean-Eric Vergne and the two McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, whose lack of downforce really hurt them this weekend.
Chinese Grand Prix, 20th April - Race
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes F1 W05||1h36:52.810|
|2||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes F1 W05||+18.686|
|3||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F14 T||+25.765|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault RB10||+26.978|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault RB10||+51.012|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Sahata Force India-Mercedes VJM07||+57.581|
|7||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Mercedes FW36||+58.145|
|8||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari F14 T||+1:23.990|
|9||Sergio Perez||Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07||+1:26.489|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault STR9||+1 lap|
|11||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29||+1 lap|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault STR9||+1 lap|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29||+1 lap|
|14||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault E22||+1 lap|
|15||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes FW36||+1 lap|
|16||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari C33||+1 lap|
|17||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham-Renault CT05||+1 lap|
|18||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Ferrari MR03||+1 lap|
|19||Max Chilton||Marussia-Ferrari MR03||+2 laps|
|20||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault CT05||+2 laps|
|Ret||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault E22||+29 laps|
|Ret||Adrian Sutil||Sauber-Ferrari C33||+52 laps|
|4||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||36|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||33|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||24|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||18|