chinese gp

Rosberg wins as the Seb of old causes friction on the podium

It was a predictable victory but the race was anything but, as Nico Rosberg cruised to the flag collecting his sixth victory and extending his 34 point advantage in the drivers' championship. His main rival Lewis Hamilton started from pit lane and encountered trouble in the opening corners, pitting to replace his front-wing in the first of his five pit stops for the day.

With a flight back to his family booked for directly after the race, Rosberg said he was planning to get the celebrations started early.

"We're going to have a party now in the garage. The whole team deserves it," said the winner.

Although he was scrapping with Ricciardo, Massa and Raikkonen for P5 in the final phases of the race, Hamilton had spent his tyres while chasing them down and was easy pickings by the end for the top six finishers.

"I tried to avoid whatever was happening in front of me but got tangled up in it," said Hamilton. "Not a great finish for us this weekend, but hopefully onward and upwards."

After leading the race from the first corner, Daniel Ricciardo encountered a puncture and recovered to finish fourth behind his teammate Kvyat who rounded out the podium.

At the start Vettel was squeezed by his teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Kvyat before making steady progress through the field to collect a second place - closing the gap to Hamilton but failing to take the challenge to the leader.

During the post-race cool down Vettel accused Kvyat of making a selfish move that caused his contact with Raikkonen at turn 2 by coming up the inside "like a torpedo."

Kvyat shrugged off the challenge saying, "That's racing, and I'm on the podium!" Most pundits agree Kvyat did nothing wrong, and was not even investigated by the stewards.

Vettel has a spotted history with dramatic podium ceremonies, having finished a number of races under sketchy circumstances with old teammate Mark Webber. At least this time if Kimi decided to give someone the silent treatment they probably wouldn't even realise.

 

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Hamilton misfires in China, Ricciardo and Ferrari get amongst it

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With a looming five-place grid penalty heading in to qualifying, Hamilton's day went from bad to worse when he failed to set a lap time and will start from last on the grid for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix.

Rosberg who is chasing a hat-trick of victories to start the season seems to be having all of the luck so far, but will have Ricciardo's Red Bull and the Ferrari's for company at the front of the grid.

Game on y'all!

Spins and tyre problems for Massa and Magnussen in Chinese FP1

Practice at the Chinese Grand Prix has caused some headaches for the teams and Pirelli after a number of left-rear failures for both Williams and Renault.

From Andrew Benson's race report for the BBC:

Felipe Massa suffered two left-rear tyre failures and Kevin Magnussen a left-rear problem on his Renault. Both were using the 'soft' Pirelli tyre.
Pirelli said the Williams failures were not punctures but "technical trouble".
Pirelli said investigations into Magnussen's problem were still ongoing. The Dane's left-rear suspension failed and he had a puncture but it is not clear which was the initial cause of the problem.

Rosberg meanwhile topped the times in the final moments of FP1 taking the edge over Hamilton who had a number of spins himself and will cop a five-place grid penalty for qualifying after a gearbox change. 

Source: BBC