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GP China 2015 (race): Hamilton wins ahead of Rosberg and Vettel

GP China 2015 (race result)
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D the company title defense of Lewis Hamilton is full again in plan. After winning the Chinese GP on Sunday (April 12th, 2015), the world champion is now 13 points ahead of the World Cup. Starting from pole position, the world champion dominated the events on the Shanghai International Circuit at will. With a flawless drive, he offered the competition no attack surface.

Vettel without a chance against Mercedes

The two Mercedes covered the distance with an identical two-stop strategy (soft-soft-medium). For fear of ruining the tires in an attack, Rosberg did not even try. In the middle stint, the German even complained that his team-mate Hamilton wasn't driving fast enough at the top and that he was therefore catching up too close to the sister car. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel came threateningly close from behind.

The Ferrari driver tried to overtake Rosberg with an early second stop, but the Mercedes strategists countered immediately and brought the number 2 car to the rubber unplanned early. Service. Hamilton at the top could afford the somewhat later tire change. He always kept the gap to his pursuers big enough not to endanger himself.

'We were able to keep up with the pace on the soft tires. With the early stop we tried to keep the pressure on Mercedes even more But in the end we couldn't keep up on the harder mix, 'explained Vettel afterwards. After his third podium in a row, the Heppenheimer is still 4 points ahead of Rosberg in 2nd place.

Rosberg angry at Hamilton

While Vettel could live with rank 3, Rosberg was understandably not satisfied. 'I gave everything, but unfortunately it didn't work out. I took some risks, but I couldn't get there. Because Lewis drove very slowly, Sebastian got unnecessarily close and was able to try the attack with the early stop. That did disrupted my race because I also had to change tires earlier. But it's good for the team that we finished ahead of Ferrari. '

Of course Hamilton had no reason to complain:' That was a problem-free weekend. Everything went according to plan ', beamed the champion after the pole position, the fastest race lap and the victory. 'Today it was mainlyIt's about keeping the tires in good shape and controlling the distance to the rear. I'm happy for the team that we were able to fight back after the defeat in Malaysia. '

Rank 4 went to Kimi Räikkönen in the second Ferrari. The Iceman grabbed the two Williams who started before him in the first Curves. The Finn could not start an attack on the podium against team-mate Vettel. There was no danger from behind for Räikkönen von Williams. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished in 5th and 6th place.

Maldonado race with bad luck and breakdowns

Romain Grosjean also drove a relatively uneventful race in seventh place. It was very different for his Lotus team-mate. Pastor Maldonado was also well on the way to the points, but slipped off the track in the approach to the pit lane on lap 34. The Venezuelan only got back on track when he went backwards.

Trying to regain lost ground to make up, the Lotus pilot turned in lap 41 initially without outside influence. 8 laps later, Maldonado was again facing the direction of travel. Jenson Button had rushed into his rear at the end of the home straight. A braking problem that resulted from this finally gave up the task a few laps later.

GP China ends behind the safety car

Felipe Nasr in particular benefited from Maldonado's bad luck and inability, who placed his Sauber on rank 8 brought home. The Brazilian fought some remarkable duels over the distance. In the final laps, the youngster was also able to keep Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo at a distance. With Marcus Ericsson behind in 10th place, the second Sauber also collected points. At Red Bull, on the other hand, only one car finished. Daniil Kvyat was stranded with a major engine failure in lap 15.

The technology did not play along with the sister team Toro Rosso either. Carlos Sainz struggled with transmission problems and ended up in 13th place. Teammate Max Verstappen retired early with 3 laps to go in 8th place. The Dutchman stopped his car without a drive on the home stretch. Because of the complicated recovery, the safety car had to go to the track, behind which the field crossed the finish line a little later.

None Points for McLaren and Force India

McLaren also missed out in Shanghai. Fernando Alonso finished in 12th place. Jenson Button was given a time penalty of 5 seconds for the collision with Maldonado by the stewards after the race and slipped back from 13th to 14th. The Honda team is still waiting for the first championship point of the year.

For Nico Hülkenberg, the trip to Shanghai was not worth it either. For the Rhinelander, the GP China was over after just 10 laps. With a technical defect, the Force rolledIndia pilot out on the grass. 'Suddenly I lost the propulsion. I have no idea what exactly the reason was. We have to analyze the data.' Before his retirement, Hülkenberg was right in front of team mate Sergio Perez, who finished the race in 11th place. With that there were no points for Force India after the zero number of Malaysia.


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