Formula One News » F1 2013 Chinese Grand Prix Review Posted on 15/04/2013
In a weekend dominated by tyres, it was Fernando Alonso and Ferrari who managed their tyres the best and got their strategy absolutely perfect. Kimi Raikkonen took second place after driving into the back of Sergio Perez and damaging his front wing. Lewis Hamilton got his second third place in two weeks for Mercedes finishing just two tenths of a second ahead of a charging Sebastian Vettel who closed in 13 seconds to the Brit in 4 laps.
Vettel still leads the Championship but only by 3 points from Raikkonen and 9 ahead of Alonso in 3rd.
Jenson Button had an impressive run to 5th ahead of the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa.
Daniel Ricciardo drove a storming race for Toro Rosso finishing in 7th, where he started.
Paul di Resta, who was lucky to be on the grid was 8th ahead of Romain Grosjean in 9th and Nico Hulkenberg in 10th.
Mark Webber had another awful weekend for Red Bull, first being disqualified in qualifying and then retiring in the race after his right rear wheel fell off.
Drivers on the soft tyres were pitting as early as lap 5 and going onto the prime tyres which proved the better race tyre.
Vettel disappointed not to finish on the podium drove well to finish fourth.
“Sad not to get a podium. You get nothing for fourth and a trophy for third, Fernando was just too quick.” Vettel added.
Alonso’s victory meant a Ferrari engine has now been on a Formula 1 podium 500 times.
Slightly disappointing day for Force India as Adrian Sutil was wiped out by Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez at the end of the long back straight. The Mexican had DRS but “misjudged” the pace he had and came from no-were to take out the German and himself.
Jules Bianchi had another impressive race for Marussia finishing 16th whilst his team-mate Max Chilton finished in 17th.
Williams who are still struggling to understand their car could only manage 13th and 14th.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, Lotus pair Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, Marussia’s Max Chilton, McLaren’s Jenson Button, Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo, Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas were all under investigation for using DRS in a yellow flag zone but were all later cleared of any penalties.
In the hours after the race there have been reports that Mark Webber has signed a five year deal with Porsche to compete in the World Endurance Championship from next year on. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet.