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Hamilton Hat-trick Carries Him Close To Title Lead

EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

What?

The 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Round 4 of 19

Where?

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai

Who was on Pole?

Lewis Hamilton • Mercedes • 1:53.860 = 172.348 km/h
It’s Hamilton’s 34th pole, surpassing Jim Clark’s British record, and his third of 2014
Ricciardo is alongside him on the front row for Red Bull

Who won?

Lewis Hamilton • Mercedes • 1hr 33m 28.338 = 188.824 km/h

Who took all the points?

1st (25) Hamilton (Mercedes)
2nd (18) Rosberg (Mercedes)
3rd (15) Alonso (Ferrari)
4th (12) Ricciardo (Red Bull Renault)
5th (10) Vettel (Red Bull Renault)
6th (8) Hulkenberg (Force India Mercedes)
7th (6) Bottas (Williams Mercedes)
8th (4) Raikkonen (Ferrari)
9th (2) Perez (Force India Mercedes)
10th (1) Kvyat (Toro Rosso Renault)

Who got Fastest Lap:

Rosberg (Mercedes) • 1:40.402 = 195.450 km/h on lap 39

Race Highlights

Most of the action occurs on the first few laps: wheel-spin sees Ricciardo lose two places off the front row, Rosberg drops back to 7th after contact with Bottas in the Williams, Alonso radio’s the team to ask for a damage assessment after a heavy knock with ex-teammate Massa in the other Williams but all is OK.

Mid-race team orders: Vettel is told to let Ricciardo through and is audibly unhappy about it but the Australian breezes past in Turn 1 to claim fourth place. Later in the race Dan will close on Alonso’s Ferrari in the hunt for his first legitimate F1 podium but runs out of laps in the end. Vettel, meanwhile, is also passed by a Caterham at one stage…

Alonso shows signs of a Ferrari upturn under their new manager Marco Mattiacci with a typically muscular drive to be ‘best of the rest’ and take the Scuderia’s first podium in a troubled start to 2014. “A nice surprise, finally,” says the Spaniard.

Hamilton’s victory is his 25th so in the same weekend he has passed Clark’s pole record and equalled the Scot’s tally of Grand Prix victories, also matched by Niki Lauda – one of the men in charge of the Mercedes team nowadays.

Drive of the Day

Hamilton: imperious from lights out, racing away at a second a lap in the early stages, unfazed by early tyre graining and late calls to manage the tyres in case of a Safety Car, cruising to his first hat-trick – three consecutive F1 wins – and closing to within 4 points of teammate Rosberg as Mercedes claim a third straight 1-2 finish. “This team’s on a roll,” says the exultant Englishman, “and we’re going to keep pushing.”

Who’s leading?

1 Rosberg - 79 points
2 Hamilton - 75 points
3 Alonso - 41 points
4 Hulkenberg - 36 points
5 Vettel - 33 points
6 Ricciardo - 24 points

Mercedes (154 points) lead Red Bull by 97 already.

Quote of the weekend

“I was spinning up on the line a bit too long and lost two places. From then on, however, I thought the race was good! At the end I was doing all I could to catch Alonso and I think we got to within a couple of seconds of him as we went over the line. It’s going well with the team, I feel comfortable here and I did the best I could today. I really want that podium and we’re getting close!”

Australia’s Dan Ricciardo revels in his new role at Red Bull Racing

Where do we go next?

To Spain for Round 5 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, on May 11

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