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Christopher Bruce2013-04-14 14:04:14

Alonso Brings Ferrari First Win of Season in Shanghai

Lots of contact and passing

Alonso takes his first win of the season

Fernando Alonso brought FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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its first win of the season after starting from third in a contact-heavy Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai. 

Beside Alonso on the podium were Kimi Raikkonen who started second and Lewis Hamilton who started fourth.  Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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suffered from tire problems for the early race, but Vettel finished fourth. He pushed extremely hard in the last laps and nearly passed Hamilton on the final lap. It was the best battle of the race. 

There was wheel-to-wheel action from the start with the two Force IndiasForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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making contact but neither taking any damage. Then on lap 4, Esteban Gutierrez crashed into the back of Adrian Sutil. Gutierrez was immediately out of the race. Sutil made it another lap with a broken rear wing, but his team was unable to repair it, and he retired as well.

Then around lap 14, Mark Webber made contact with Jean-Eric Vergne. Webber came in for tires and a front wing, but the contact also damaged the rear. Webber's rear wheel came off, and he was forced to retire.

Raikkonen had his own contact with Sergio Perez, which bent his front wing, but he managed to stay out. 

This was another race about tire management. Pirelli's soft tires would not last, and most teams switched to the intermediate tires as early as possible. Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg both started on the intermediates, which forced them to switch to softs late in the race

Vettel still leads the World Drivers' Championship, but now by just three points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso's win leapfrogs him up to third spot with 46 points. Hamilton falls to fourth with 40 points.

In the World Constructors' Championship, Red Bull continues to lead with 78 points, but the strong Ferrari performance today brings them to 73 points. LotusLotusLotusUnited Kingdom, 1952 > present68 models
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is in third with 60 points. 

Shanghai Grand Prix Results
Position Driver Team
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari
7 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso=Ferrari
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari
11 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault
15 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth
16 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault
17 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth
18 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault
19 Retire (Lap 21) Nico Rosberg Mercedes
20 Retire (Lap 15) Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
21 Retire (Lap 5) Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
22 Retire (Lap 4) Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari
World Drivers' Championship Points
Position Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 52
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 49
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 43
4 Lewis Hamtilton Mercedes 40
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 30
6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 26
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 12
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 12
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 11
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 8
11 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 6
13 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 5
14 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 2
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1
World Constructors' Championship Point Standings
Position Team Points
1 Red Bull-Renault 78
2 Ferrari 73
3 Lotus-Renault 60
4 Mercedes 52
5 McLaren-Mercedes 14
6 Force India-Mercedes 14
7 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7
8 Sauber-Ferrari 5


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