Power Ranking the Formula 1 Teams After 2014 Chinese Grand Prix

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Power Ranking the Formula 1 Teams After 2014 Chinese Grand Prix
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The 2014 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix brought with it few surprises.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole, with team-mate Nico Rosberg finishing second and setting the fastest lap.

The duo have claimed every pole, every win and every fastest lap so far in 2014.

Further down the field, the tight battle to be best of the rest carried on. Fernando Alonso was third, just ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Behind them, Sebastian Vettel came home around seven seconds ahead of the fight between Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas.

The one shock we did see had little to do with the on-track action.

Though we saw racing for the scheduled 56 laps, the history books will say otherwise. This was because of a rather silly error on the part of a track official, which saw the chequered flag waved at the end of Lap 55.

Under F1 rules, an early chequered flagfor any reasonmeans the race order at the end of the previous lap is counted as the result. The previous lap was number 54, so the official race was two laps shorter than it should have been.

The points finishers were not affected, but if it happens again it could affect the title race. Perhaps a line should be added to the rules to allow some flexibility when someone makes an obvious mistake?

But enough about poor flag-waving.

Looking at reliability, race and single-lap pace, here's how the teams currently rank.

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