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Chinese F1 Grand Prix 2015 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2015

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 12:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium next to Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 12, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Dan Istitene/Getty Images

After watching Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel reign supreme at March’s Malaysian Grand Prix, Mercedes hit back with a familiar one-two in China, with Lewis Hamilton taking the crown over Nico Rosberg once again.

Sky Sports F1 revealed the result:

Sky Sports F1 🏎 @SkySportsF1

Lewis Hamilton wins the #ChineseGP from Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel: http://t.co/seuRTsvwlf

Starting in pole for the third Grand Prix on the spin, Hamilton sprung out of the traps and established a one-second lead over his team-mate after the very first lap.

He was almost angled in the grid, sending a message out to Rosberg that he was coming over immediately and getting his nose in front.

That’s how it remained until the chequered flag came down, with Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen making up the top four, as we see below:

Chinese Grand Prix Race Result
PositionDriverTeamTime
1LEWIS HAMILTONMERCEDES1:39:42.008
2NICO ROSBERGMERCEDES+0.714s
3SEBASTIAN VETTELFERRARI+2.988s
4KIMI RAIKKONENFERRARI+3.835s
5FELIPE MASSAWILLIAMS+8.544s
6VALTTERI BOTTASWILLIAMS+9.885s
7ROMAIN GROSJEANLOTUS+19.008s
8FELIPE NASRSAUBER+22.625s
9DANIEL RICCIARDORED BULL+32.117s
10MARCUS ERICSSONSAUBER+1 lap
11SERGIO PEREZFORCE INDIA+1 lap
12FERNANDO ALONSOMCLAREN+1 lap
13JENSON BUTTONMCLAREN+1 lap
14CARLOS SAINZTORO ROSSO+1 lap
15WILL STEVENSMARUSSIA+2 laps
16ROBERTO MERHIMARUSSIA+2 laps
17MAX VERSTAPPENTORO ROSSODNF
RTPASTOR MALDONADOLOTUSDNF
RTDANIIL KVYATRED BULLDNF
RTNICO HULKENBERGFORCE INDIADNF
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Hamilton and Mercedes Return to Form

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 12:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 12, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Dan Istitene/Getty Images

In Malaysia, there was simply nothing Hamilton or Mercedes could do about the brilliance of Ferrari’s Vettel, but the roles were reversed in China, as the Englishman put on a masterclass display.

The rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg in last year’s season once again ignited, with the German pressing his team-mate all the way in the early exchanges.

Rosberg even got on the Mercedes team radio and demanded that Hamilton speed up but, keen to pit first and press home his advantage, Hamilton duly accepted the request.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 12:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 12, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Sure, he wasn’t exactly driving out of sight in the way that he did in last year’s race, where he finished 18 seconds clear of Rosberg, but he was in control.

An impressive turn of pace ahead of his lap 33 pit saw him come back out with a six-second lead, and from then on, there was only going to be one winner.

He crossed the line in rather unexciting fashion thanks to Max Verstappen’s issues bringing out the safety car, but it was a big statement from Mercedes.

As Hamilton crossed the line, Mercedes tweeted their ecstasy:

Mercedes-AMG F1 @MercedesAMGF1

YES!!!!!! It's a BRILLIANT 1-2 finish for the team! Great job @LewisHamilton and @nico_rosberg!! #F1inChina http://t.co/zXjS56aBYd

It was nothing more than the world champion deserved, though. He was quickest in every session but for Q1 and chalked up the fastest lap—Ferrari simply could not compete.

Mercedes owe a great deal to the efforts of Rosberg, too, having kept the Italians at bay with an excellent drive in second place.

While the race finished with a bit of a whimper, the job that Hamilton did was superb. He has a phenomenal record in Shanghai, and on this, his fourth win at the venue, he looked right at home.

Formula One journalist Mark Gallagher praised the champion, saying that he makes winning appear a walk in the park:

Speaking after the race, the Englishman reflected on an excellent weekend for all at Mercedes, per BBC Sport:

First of all a fantastic job by team. It was great to have a smooth weekend. It was about controlling the gap for me and saving tyres for when I needed them. The safety car wasn't helpful as it was an anti-climax but as long as no-one was hurt then that's the important thing.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 12:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 12, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Ferrari also had a stellar weekend, with Vettel claiming enough points to keep up the heat on Hamilton at the top of the World Championship standings:

Formula 1 Drivers Standings
PositionDriverTeamPoints
1LEWIS HAMILTONMERCEDES68
2SEBASTIAN VETTELFERRARI55
3NICO ROSBERGMERCEDES51
4FELIPE MASSAWILLIAMS30
5KIMI RAIKKONENFERRARI24
6VALTTERI BOTTASWILLIAMS18
7FELIPE NASRSAUBER14
8DANIEL RICCIARDORED BULL RACING11
9ROMAIN GROSJEANLOTUS6
10NICO HULKENBERGFORCE INDIA6
11MAX VERSTAPPENTORO ROSSO6
12CARLOS SAINZTORO ROSSO6
13MARCUS ERICSSONSAUBER5
14DANIIL KVYATRED BULL RACING2
15SERGIO PEREZFORCE INDIA1
16JENSON BUTTONMCLAREN0
17FERNANDO ALONSOMCLAREN0
18ROBERTO MERHIMARUSSIA0
19WILL STEVENSMARUSSIA0
Formula1.com

The Bahrain Grand Prix is next up the F1 elite—a race where Ferrari has enjoyed plenty of success in the past.

With Hamilton, Rosberg and Mercedes in this kind of form, though, the chances of further glory could well be out the window.

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