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Total Domination as Hamilton Wins in China


2014 Chinese Grand PrixAfter the explosive events of the Bahrain Grand Prix which proved the 2014 Formula could be just as exciting as any that has gone before it, fans waited for this Chinese race with much anticipation. Saturdays qualifying highlighted just how in command Lewis Hamilton is as his cars was over a second faster than anyone else. Could he translate this into his third win of 2014 in a row? Well, yes. Total Domination as Hamilton Wins in China.

From lights out to the very last lap of the race, the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix was Lewis Hamilton’s to lose. The unrelenting dominance of Mercedes right from the very beginning of this year is reminiscent of Red Bull’s previous season. Hamilton got a clean start followed quickly by the two Red Bulls. It took just a few seconds for drama to unfold as contact between Massa and Alonso brought the ex-teammates together. Both continued but this rather spoiled Massa’s tremendous charge up the grid. This collision would come back to bit Massa in the following pitstop due to a damaged wheel hub refusing to play ball. A very slow stop indeed. Alonso continued to show that his Ferrari had good pace in China, and soon found himself in second, not that he could do anything about Hamilton who simply galloped off into the distance. Rosberg had a poor start but after a round of pitstops, he went from 6th to 2nd where he finished the race passing Alonso.

However, further drama was to be found between the two Red Bull drivers when Ricciardo was catching Vettel who was in 3rd. Vettel was given the order to move over due to Daniel being faster, but he ignored this once learning that they were both on the same tyre replying “tough luck.” Daniel battled with Sebastian and proved to be a match for the German. Ricciardo got past with a great display of professionalism and went on to take 4th. Vettel’s defiance is the second time he has ignored an instruction from the team and this time it potentially cost them 2nd place. Clearly under pressure from his new team mate, we shall have to see how their relationship develops from here.

The Ferrari of Raikkonen again did not appear to show much potential and finished 8th behind the Williams of Bottas.

1. Lewis Hamilton 

2. Nico Rosberg 

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Daniel Ricciardo

5. Sebastian Vettel

6. Nico Hulkenberg 

7. Valtteri Bottas 

8. Kimi Raikkonen

9. Sergio Perez 

10. Daniil Kvyat 

11. Jenson Button

12. Jean-Eric Vergne 

13. Kevin Magnussen

14. Pastor Maldonado

15. Felipe Massa

16. Esteban Gutierrez 

17. Jules Bianchi 

18. Kamui Kobayashi 

19. Max Chilton 

20. Marcus Ericsson 

DNF Romain Grosjean 

DNF Adrian Sutil