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autoviva2012-04-15 13:56:44

Rosberg takes first ever win in China

 
 
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Rosberg takes first ever win in China

Nico Rosberg took his first win ever in Formula One as he dominated the Chinese Grand Prix and gave his team its first win since Mercedes returned to the sport as a factory team. The last victory from Mercedes had been back in 1955 at the Italian GP, with a win from Juan Manuel Fangio.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton completed the podium in Shanghai ahead of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

After having led the race in the previous two years but then fade down the order, this time Rosberg held to his position of a very intense race where the variety of tyre strategies created a leading pack that at some points was formed by a dozen of cars. The strategies varied from two and three stops but also between longer and shorter stints.

Although Mercedes suffered some problems handling its tyres during the first two races of the season, this time around the team managed well the rubber, with Rosberg being able to make just two visits to pits, maintaining him in front of the pack for most of the race action.

His team-mate didn’t have the same luck. Nico Rosberg pulled away from Schumacher in the opening laps, creating a four seconds lead. But Schumacher’s lead battle would end soon with an incorrectly fitted right-front wheel in his first pitstop forced him to retire.

From then on Button became Rosberg’s main threat. He jumped up to third right at the start and his three-stop strategy was being successful, until the Rosberg’s second stop where he recovered the pace, before Button had a left rear wheel issue at his final pitstop.

For sometime Kimmi Raikkonen drove in second place, with a two-stop strategy, but having drove in his third set of tyres revealed to be too much and the Finn, fell to 14th place in just 5 laps.

Vettel opted for a similar strategy but he did better than Raikkonen. Yet he failed to hold on to second position, being overtaken by both McLaren’s and his team-mate Mark Webber that were running on fresher tyres, finishing in 5th.

Raikkonen’s team-mate, Romain Grosjean, opted for a different strategy, with two stops. After a long second stint the French driver won the battle for sixth place against Williams duo, Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna.

Previous championship leader Fernando Alonso didn’t go further than 9th having lost time after a little ground running off-track as the Spanish driver was trying to pass Maldonado.

Sauber couldn’t repeat the results of last race, Kamui Kobayashi had a poor start and would finish in 10th ahead of his team-mate. Felipe Massa had yet another another disappointing result finishing back in 13th.

Results Chinese Grand Prix
Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 1:36:26.929 1 25
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +20.6 secs 5 18
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 +26.0 secs 7 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +27.9 secs 6 12
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +30.4 secs 11 10
6 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 56 +31.4 secs 10 8
7 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 56 +34.5 secs 14 6
8 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 56 +35.6 secs 13 4
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 +37.2 secs 9 2
10 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 56 +38.7 secs 3 1
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +41.0 secs 8  
12 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 56 +42.2 secs 15  
13 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +42.7 secs 12  
14 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 56 +50.5 secs 4  
15 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +51.2 secs 16  
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 56 +51.7 secs 24  
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +63.1 secs 17  
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 19  
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 20  
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 21  
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 22  
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 23  
23 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 53 +3 Laps 18  
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 12 Wheel 2

 

Drivers' Championship Standings
Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 45
2 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 43
3 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 37
4 Mark Webber Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 36
5 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 28
6 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 25
7 Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 22
8 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Lotus-Renault 16
9 Bruno Senna Brazilian Williams-Renault 14
10 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari 9
11 Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault 8
12 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 7
13 Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Ferrari 4
14 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Renault 4
15 Daniel Ricciardo Australian STR-Ferrari 2
16 Nico Hulkenberg German Force India-Mercedes 2
17 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes 1
18 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 0
19 Timo Glock German Marussia-Cosworth 0
20 Charles Pic French Marussia-Cosworth 0
21 Vitaly Petrov Russian Caterham-Renault 0
22 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Caterham-Renault 0
23 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish HRT-Cosworth 0
24 Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth 0

 

Manufacturers' Champonship Standings
Pos Team Points
1 McLaren-Mercedes 88
2 Red Bull Racing-Renault 64
3 Ferrari 37
4 Sauber-Ferrari 31
5 Mercedes 26
6 Lotus-Renault 24
7 Williams-Renault 18
8 Force India-Mercedes 9
9 STR-Ferrari 6
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0
12 HRT-Cosworth 0

 

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