Hamilton charges to Chinese GP victory ahead of Rosberg

CCYMZv_W0AAXhexMalaysia victors Ferrari found themselves back on the bottom step of the podium on Sunday, as Lewis Hamilton led team mate Nico Rosberg home for a Mercedes one-two in the 2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

Rosberg kept Hamilton honest throughout, but the world champion was never headed as he took his second victory of the season and his fourth in Shanghai. Sebastian Vettel won a tight intra-team battle at Ferrari, beating team mate Kimi Raikkonen to third place.

Williams didn’t have the pace to join the Mercedes-Ferrari fight, and Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas endured a relatively lonely afternoon en route to fifth and sixth places, while Romain Grosjean took seventh for Lotus.

Sauber again got both cars into the points, with Felipe Nasr eighth and Marcus Ericsson tenth. Between them, Daniel Ricciardo took a hard-earned ninth place for Red Bull to complete the top ten.

The race finished under the safety car, which was deployed on lap 54 of 56 when Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso came to a smoky halt on the pit straight with a suspected power unit failure. The Dutch rookie had driven another great race and was running eighth prior to his retirement.

Chinese Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 56 Leader Running 25
2 6 Nico Roseberg 56 -0.714 Running 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 56 -2.988 Running 15
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 56 -3.835 Running 12
5 19 Felipe Massa 56 -8.544 Running 10
6 77 Valtteri Bottas 56 -9.885 Running 8
7 8 Romain Grojean 56 -19.008 Running 6
8 12 Felipe Nasr 56 -22.625 Running 4
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo 56 -32.117 Running 2
10 9 Marcus Ericsson 55 -1 Lap Running 1
11 11 Sergio Perez 55 -1 Lap Running 0
12 14 Fernando Alonso 55 -1 Lap Running 0
13 22 Jenson Button 55 -1 Lap Running 0
14 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 55 -1 Lap Running 0
15 28 Will Stevens 54 -2 Laps Running 0
16 98 Roberto Merhi 54 -2 Laps Running 0
17 33 Max Verstappen 52 -4 Laps Retired 0
18 13 Pastor Maldonado 47 -9 Laps Retired 0
19 26 Daniil Kvyat 15 -41 Laps Retired 0
20 27 Nico Hulkenberg 9 -47 Laps Retired 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 3 of the 2015 season at Chinese Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 2 68 Leader
2 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 1 55 -13
3 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 0 51 -17
4 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 30 -38
5 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 24 -44
6 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 18 -50
7 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 14 -54
8 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 11 -57
9 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 6 -62
10 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 6 -62
11 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 6 -62
12 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 6 -62
13 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 5 -63
14 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 2 -66
15 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 1 -67
16 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 0 -68
17 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 0 -68
18 98 R. Merhi Marussis-Ferrari 0 0 -68
19 28 W. Stevens Marussis-Ferrari 0 0 -68
20 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 0 -68
21 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 0 -68

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 3 of the 2015 season at Chinese Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 2 119 Leader
2 Ferrari 1 79 -40
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 48 -71
4 Sauber-Ferrari 0 19 -100
5 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 13 -106
6 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 12 -107
7 Force India-Mercedes 0 7 -112
8 Lotus-Renault 0 6 -113
9 McLaren-Honda 0 0 -119
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -119

 

 

 

 

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