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Rosberg Recharges Championship in China


1. Nico Rosberg - 1:38.53

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Daniil Kvyat

4. Daniel Ricciardo

5. Kimi Raikkonen

6. Felipe Massa

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Max Verstappen

9. Carlos Sainz

10. Valterri Bottas

11. Sergio Perez

12. Fernando Alonso

13. Jenson Button

14. Esteban Gutierrez

15. Nico Hulkenburg

16. Marcus Ericsson

17. Kevin Magnussen

18. Pascal Wehrlein

19. Romain Grosjean

20. Felipe Nasr

21. Rio Haryanto

22. Jolyon Palmer

Nico Rosberg recharged his championship thanks to another sensational lights to flag victory, this time in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Like many F1 races, the start and first lap were extremely dramatic, with fans struggling to know where to look. The Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel got a great start, moving up from P3 and 4 to P1 and 2. However their dominance didn't last long as the two made contact during their tussle to get to the front and consequently dropped down the order. This allowed Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to take the lead. At the back of the order, Lewis Hamilton, who had problems in Qualifying, hit the back of Rio Haryanto and lost his front wing. Both Raikkonen and Hamilton had significant damage that required early pit stops.

Just as it looked like things might be calming down, Daniel Ricciardo's left rear tyre exploded at the top of the pit straight. The stewards decided to bring the safety car out to allow all the debris from Ricciardo's and the first lap incidents to be cleared. Lots of drivers used the safety car period to complete their first pit stop. This mixed up the order massively.

When the safety car went in, Rosberg blasted off into the sun. Vettel, Hamilton and Ricciardo begun to make up for their incidents by taking advantage of their fresh tyres and complete superb overtakes.

As the race went on, Hamilton managed to move his way into the top 10 but had no chance of catching Rosberg, who was leading by around half a second. Still, Lewis took the team's 'Give it everything' advice and pushed as hard as he could but only managed to reach 7th.

Whilst sun set over Shanghai, Rosberg completed his championship charge, winning the Chinese Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniil Kvyat. Rosberg is now 36 points above Hamilton at the top of the Driver's championship.

F1 will now enter Europe for a 3 month leg. Rosberg plans to keep winning, especially at his two home races in Monaco and Germany. Meanwhile, Hamilton hopes to fight back ahead of his home race at Silverstone. Only time will tell who will come out on top!