Sunday, April 20, 2014
Lewis Hamilton won a dominant Chinese Grand Prix and lead team mate Nico Rosberg to a third consecutive 1-2 finish for Mercedes. Alonso completed the third step of the podium, ahead of Ricciardo and Vettel.
The pace of both Mercedes was amazing as they were almost a second faster per lap. Hamilton had lead at the start and opened a gap to the chasing competitors of Vettel, Alonso and Ricciardo, and was the last of the leaders to pit with a gap of almost 31 seconds when the Brit pitted. Rosberg didn't have the best of starts and got bogged down and was overtaken by Felipe Massa and in the Williams and Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari on the first hundred of metres.
A scrap on the opening lap between Massa and Alonso would lead to consequences for the Williams as they had a problem with the left rear hub during the pitstop which took almost a minute, the end result dropping Massa almost close to last position. Bottas in the other Williams had contact with Nico Rosberg too. As for the Red Bulls, multi-31 was the order of the day as Vettel was told to move over to let teammate Ricciardo pass.