Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his third consecutive race victory, finishing first at the Chinese Grand Prix.
British driver Lewis Hamilton has broken a personal racing record, winning three consecutive rounds in the Formula 1 Drivers Championship.
Hamilton lead from pole, taking the chequered flag at the Shanghai circuit, finishing ahead of his German teammate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton drove away from the start, racing his own race ahead of the rest.
Rosberg endured telemetry dramas throughout the entire Grand Prix, forcing the German to report the data from his steering wheel to the data engineers, costing Rosberg at the very beginning of the race.
Red Bull Racing were unable to catch Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, with the Spaniard able to race his #14 Ferrari to third, despite clashing with former teammate Felipe Massa at the start of the race.
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo fell shy of his first podium finish in Formula 1, crossing the line only 1.2s behind Alonso, despite starting the race on the front row.
Ricciardo and German teammate Sebastian Vettel battled mid-race, with Vettel being told by team principle Christian Horner to surrender his position to Ricciardo because the Australian was faster.
Vettel quoted, “tough luck” on the radio communications and let Ricciardo race Vettel for fourth position.
Vettel was outshone by his new Australian teammate, finishing behind the Red Bull rookie in fifth place.
Both Force India drivers scored points, Nico Hulkenberg racing his way to the end to defeat Williams driver Valtteri Bottas for sixth and Sergio Perez falling seconds shy from Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari to finish ninth.
Rookie Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kyvat finished tenth, the 19-year-old consistently scoring points.
McLaren failed to make it into the points, Jenson Button finishing 11th and Kevin Magnussen crossing the line 13th.
Rosberg still leads the Formula 1 Drivers Championship, Hamilton close behind in second.
Mercedes extend their comprehensive lead in the Constructors Championship.
Round 5 of the Formula 1 World Championship will be hosted in Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix on 11 May.
Chinese Grand Prix Results
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||+26.978s|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||+51.012s|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||+57.581s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||+1m26.489s|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||+1 lap|
|11||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||+1 lap|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||+1 lap|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Mercedes||+1 lap|
|14||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault||+1 lap|
|15||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes||+1 lap|
|16||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||+1 lap|
|17||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham-Renault||+1 lap|
|18||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Ferrari||+1 lap|
|19||Max Chilton||Marussia-Ferrari||+2 laps|
|20||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault||+2 laps|
|RET||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||27 laps|
|RET||Adrian Sutil||Sauber-Ferrari||4 laps|