Nico Rosberg continued his perfect start to the 2016 Formula 1 season today with an impressive pole-to-flag victory at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
The Mercedes ace recovered from a poor start and enjoyed a generally trouble-free race en route to claiming his win.
Rosberg had lost the lead at the start to a hard-charging Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing.
Rosberg was able to take it back on lap four, and never wavered from there, building his advantatge to a comfortable margin before completing the 56-lap sprint in one hour 38 minutes 53.891 seconds.
Rosberg was classified well ahead of runner-up Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who was 37.776 seconds behind, while Daniil Kvyat, also of Red Bull, completed the podium finishers a distant 45.936s back. Ricciardo did well to fight back after his left-rear tyre explosion to round out the top four.
With the result, Rosberg claimed a third win from as many races so far this season. It also earned Rosberg a sixth successive triumph in the top flight, with his streak dating back to the last three races from 2015.
“It’s been a fantastic few days for me here in China. First of all, the fans have been amazing from the moment I arrived. They’re so enthusiastic, which gives us drivers a very special feeling.
“Then, racing wise, it was an almost perfect weekend. Only the start could have been better - but luckily I was able to pass Daniel later on the straight and from then on I could build up a gap. I must say, I’ve never had a better balance in my car than I had today. It was really perfect, so a big thanks to everyone who helped me achieve that.
“I also want to thank all the women in my life - my wife, my daughter and my mother. Their support is unbelievable and that’s really what makes it possible for me to be doing what I’m doing. I’m a very happy man today and, after three races I can be really pleased about how my season has gone so far. But it’s a very long year ahead and there’s a lot of points still on the table, so I’m not losing my focus.
“Now I look forward to Russia, where I started my good run of qualifying results last year. Hopefully I can get on a nice run like that again.”
|3||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||45.936s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||52.688s|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m19.268s|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m24.127s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.283s|
|14||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|16||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Renault||1 Lap|
|18||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|19||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|20||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|21||Rio Haryanto||Manor/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|22||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||1 Lap|