Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Top ten pictures from the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Marco Mattiacci, Fernando Alonso, Friday practice

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Four days before practice started for the Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari’s CEO of its North American operation Marco Mattiacci was appointed the new leader of its racing team following Stefano Domenicali’s resignation.

Having jetted back and forth between New York, Maranello and Shanghai he donned a pair sunglasses during the overcast first day of practice to shield his weary eyes as he surveyed the situation in the Ferrari garage.

Felipe Massa, Saturday

Felipe Massa, Williams, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Williams mechanics hard at work. Unfortunately they dropped the ball during the race itself after mixing up Felipe Massa’s left and right rear tyres, leading to a lengthy and race-ruining pit stop.

Lewis Hamilton, Saturday

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Lewis Hamilton took pole position during the third wet qualifying session of the year so far.

Toro Rosso garage, Saturday

Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne keep an eye on the track in their Toro Rosso STR9s.

Start, Chinese Grand Prix

Start, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Massa bounced off Fernando Alonso on the sprint to the first corner but both kept going. Then other Williams of Valtteri Bottas tangled with Nico Rosberg’s slow-starting Mercedes but again both were able to continue.

Nico Rosberg, Chinese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Rosberg was fortunate to make it to the end following the impact, which scrubbed the markings off his left-front tyre.

Esteban Gutierrez, Chinese Grand Prix

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Esteban Gutierrez heads towards the enormous Shanghai grandstand one more time one his way to another point-less result for Sauber.

Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Chinese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Tense times between the two Red Bull drivers – Sebastian Vettel took his time over letting Daniel Ricciardo past when he was asked to. He covered the inside line at the hairpin on lap 25 but two corners later Ricciardo was through. Vettel later said he decided to make way after being told Ricciardo was on a different strategy.

Fernando Alonso, Chinese Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Had it not been for that delay Ricciardo would surely have ended the race closer to third-placed Alonso than this. But it might not have mattered anyway – the chequered flag had appeared a lap too early, meaning the results were declared with two laps to go.

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

One double champion congratulates the next? Hamilton has won every race he’s finished so far this year, and his latest victory moved him within four points of the championship lead.

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