Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Shanghai, 2013

Top ten pictures from the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

F1 PicturesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Here are the top ten pictures that tell the story of the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Ma Qing Hua, Friday practice, Shanghai

Ma Qing Hua, Caterham, Shanghai, 2013

A small piece of history was made on Friday morning when Ma Qing Hua, driving a Caterham, became the first Chinese driver to participate in his home race weekend.

He completed 20 laps in the session and ended up slowest, 1.5 seconds behind team mate Giedo van der Garde.

Jenson Button, McLaren, Friday practice, Shanghai

Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai, 2013

Jenson Button was the busiest driver in the first practice session as McLaren continued their efforts to improve the MP4-28.

The race provided some encouragement – Button brought the car home fifth after nursing his tyres on a two-stop strategy.

Felipe Massa, Friday practice, Shanghai

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2013

Felipe Massa was the quickest driver during practice but was disappointed to only qualify fifth. He slipped back to sixth during the race.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, Qualifying

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2013

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel crossed paths in qualifying and the race. But the action on-track between F1’s two multiple champions was somewhat muted during the Grand Prix: Vettel was advised not to waste time racing Alonso as they were on different strategies.

Chinese Grand Prix Start

Start, Shanghai, 2013

Beneath the vast grandstands of the Shanghai International Circuit, Hamilton won the race to the first corner as Raikkonen started poorly and was swamped by the Ferraris. Webber started his race from the pit lane after running out of fuel during qualifying.

Daniel Ricciardo, Chinese Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Shanghai, 2013

Daniel Ricciardo qualified a strong seventh for Toro Rosso. In Bahrain last year he threw away a good qualifying position on the opening lap but he made no such mistake this time and brought the car home in seventh.

Mark Webber, Chinese Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2013

A thoroughly miserable weekend for Mark Webber ended after he collided with Jean-Eric Vergne then lost a wheel following a pit stop.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Shanghai, 2013

This is what two tenths of a second looks like. That was the margin by which Vettel failed to beat Hamilton to the line, missing out on scoring his third podium finish in a row.

Kimi Raikkonen, Chinese Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Shanghai, 2013

The Lotus mechanics welcome Kimi Raikkonen home after a battling drive to second place despite front wing and nose damage incurred during a battle with Sergio Perez.

Fernando Alonso, Chinese Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2013

Alonso bounced back from a disappointing race in Malaysia to score his first victory of 2013.

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