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.

Start of the 2016 F1 Chinese GP
Start of the 2016 F1 Chinese GP

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.

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Rosberg commented:

“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.”

The Formula 1 season resumes in Russia from April 29 to May 1.

Full Results

PosDriverCarGap
1Nico RosbergMercedes1h38m53.891s
2Sebastian VettelFerrari37.776s
3Daniil KvyatRed Bull/TAG Heuer45.936s
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/TAG Heuer52.688s
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m05.872s
6Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m15.511s
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m18.230s
8Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Ferrari1m19.268s
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m24.127s
10Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m26.192s
11Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m34.283s
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m37.253s
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m41.990s
14Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
15Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1 Lap
16Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
17Kevin MagnussenRenault1 Lap
18Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1 Lap
19Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
20Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
21Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes1 Lap
22Jolyon PalmerRenault1 Lap

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