Renault were the only team to respond to the conditions correctly with both their cars, paving the way for the first double points score of the year.
|Robert Kubica||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’35.550 (-0.761)||1’36.311|
|Average race lap||1’54.721 (-0.453)||1’55.174|
Lost a place at the start but rose to third by not pitting for intermediate tyres along with most of the rest of the field.
Had a 57-second lead over Lewis Hamilton before the second safety car appearance, so another podium finish was definitely on the cards. As it was he finished fifth having been passed by Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Deserved better.
Still some way off Kubica in qualifying – more than three-quarters of a second in Q2.
But Petrov recorded his first finish and scored his first F1 points with seventh. A spin on lap 32, which let Alonso and Sebastian Vettel past, was his only serious mistake in tricky conditions and he passed Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber late in the race.
2010 Chinese Grand Prix
- Sunday in Shanghai – a fans’ view of the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix
- 2010 Chinese Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic review
- Ferrari deny Alonso-Massa rift
- Points for Petrov and first McLaren 1-2 since 2007 (Chinese GP stats and facts)
- Safety car spares Hamilton and Alonso’s blushes (Chinese Grand Prix analysis)
- Chinese Grand Prix fastest laps
- Chinese Grand Prix in pictures
- Webber loses out in safety car incident
- Button leads McLaren to one-two in wet race
- Hamilton’s pit lane dice with Vettel could cost him second (Update: no penalty)