Formula 1: Chinese Grand Prix - Big Win for Mercedes

  on April 16 2012 8:52 AM

What a perfect race by Nico Rosberg to claim the first win of his career from pole to finish.

Rosberg, the son of 1982 champion Keke, also scored the first win for Mercedes as an individual team since 1955. Mercedes left the sport in 1955 after the last race for them as a team ending in victory by Juan Manuel Fangio at the Italian Grand Prix. Mercedes brought the 2009 winning team Brawn GP in 2010 to set up an independent team, though they are engine partners to other teams. Team principal Ross Brawn was very happy with the result and this was evident when they were celebrating loudly on the radio.

Jenson Button finished second and teammate Lewis Hamilton third, who moved to the top of the overall Drivers standings. Button lost a few seconds on the final stop when he was held for a few more seconds while releasing his rear tire. This reflected when he finished 20 seconds adrift of Rosberg. Schumacher who started on the front row along with Rosberg, was unlucky when he had to retire from the race due to an ill fitted nut on his front tire. The Mercedes team were fined 5000 euros for the incident and this fine would have been more if Schumacher had not responded promptly and brought his car to a halt.

Webber and Vettel finished 4th and 5th respectively. Not a very good result as per the standards set by Red bull last season. Romain Grosjean scored his first points for the season for Lotus finishing 6th. The Williams of Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado finished 7th and 8th. Alonso, had a dismal race after finishing 9th. Kobayashi finished 10th to finish the points table.

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Pts

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

56

0.066978345

25

2

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

56

+20.6 secs

18

3

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

56

+26.0 secs

15

4

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

56

+27.9 secs

12

5

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

56

+30.4 secs

10

6

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

56

+31.4 secs

8

7

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

56

+34.5 secs

6

8

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

56

+35.6 secs

4

9

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

56

+37.2 secs

2

10

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

56

+38.7 secs

1

11

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

56

+41.0 secs

 

12

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

56

+42.2 secs

 

13

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

56

+42.7 secs

 

14

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

56

+50.5 secs

 

15

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

56

+51.2 secs

 

16

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

56

+51.7 secs

 

17

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

56

+63.1 secs

 

18

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

55

+1 Lap

 

19

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

55

+1 Lap

 

20

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

55

+1 Lap

 

21

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

55

+1 Lap

 

22

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

54

+2 Laps

 

23

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

53

+3 Laps

 

Ret

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

12

Wheel Problem