Hamilton wins in China as Button slips to fourth!

Lewis Hamilton came back from sixth place to win with a fantastic drive to take the chequered flag, overtaking Button, Alonso, Rosberg, Massa and finally Vettel in the final dozen laps of the race. Jenson jumped Sebastian Vettel off the start to lead the race until the first pit stop but messed up his pit stop by driving into the Red Bull pit box with Vettel charging in behind him before sprinting forward one box to the McLaren pit box but the lost time cost him the lead as Vettel led Button out of the pit lane. Button has admitted that he wasn’t quick enough in the third and fourth stints and didn’t look after his tyres well enough which ultimately cost him a podium. Driver of the race for me was Mark Webber who had a disastrous first third of the race dropping back after initially making up some places at the start. The Aussie finished on the podium after starting 18th on the grid with an inspired drive in the final third of the race; at times Webber was three seconds faster than the race leaders, well done Mark Webber, never gave up on getting a result! Button finished in fourth place after being overtaken by Webber in the last two minutes of the race, Button must be gutted after leading the race into the first pit stop. Fifth is a good result for Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg, it could have been a podium if he didn’t need to enter fuel saving mode near the end of the race. Sixth and seventh were the Ferrari duo; Felipe Massa finished ahead of Fernando for the second time this season; will Ferrari put all their eggs in the Massa basket should this trend continue; I suspect not! Michael Schumacher, Vitaly Petrov and Kamui Kobayashi rounded out the points scorers in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively. It seems that the KERS, DRS and new Pirelli tyres have improved the spectacle; I was sceptical after Australia and Malaysia but I have been somewhat converted after today’s race in China.

After today’s result; Sebastian Vettel still leads the drivers championship with 68 points, Lewis Hamilton moves back into second place, 21 points behind the German. Jenson Button slipped back to third place; a further nine points behind his team mate with Mark Webber on his tail just one point further adrift after his heroic drive today. It’s too early to call who is going to win the title this season; it still looks very open right now. If Red Bull can resolve their KERS problems it might be hard for the rest of the field to get wins unless the Red Bull drivers slip up or have a mechanical failure! But we know that McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes will never give up the chase!

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