2014 Chinese Grand Prix summary
Lewis Hamilton cruised to an untroubled third win in a row in the Chinese Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was never threatened on the way to his third consecutive win and his third victory in China.
Team mate Nico Rosberg claimed second after recovering from a poor start. He passed the Red Bull drivers and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari to give Mercedes their third one-two finish in a row.
Alonso held on for Ferrari’s first podium finish of the season despite some pressure from Daniel Ricciardo, who had fresher tyres for the final stint.
Ricciardo made his first pit stop later than Alonso having fallen behind the Ferrari driver and Sebastian Vettel at the start. He caught his team mate just before half-distance, and for the second race in a row Vettel was told to let Ricciardo by.
But this time Vettel wasn’t as co-operative as he had been in Bahrain. When told Ricciardo was on the same medium tyres as him he replied “tough luck”, and stayed ahead for over a lap before finally relinquishing the position at turn one, having been told at least twice to do so.
Team principal Christian Horner later told his driver they had been planning to switch him to a three-stop strategy at the time he was told to let Ricciardo through.
The Red Bulls finished in that order, with Nico Hulkenberg in sixth place and Valtteri Bottas behind after being forced wide by Rosberg at the first corner.
The other Williams of Felipe Massa also had contact at the first corner, with Alonso, and his race was ruined by a slow pit stop.
Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat completed the points scorers, the latter inside the top ten for the third time in his first four grand prix starts.
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