Lewis Hamilton has won the Chinese Grand Prix from pole for the fourth time ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel. The two time world champion lead from the start after pulling away from Vettel and his team-mate.
The race ended behind the safety car after Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso suffered an engine failure on the start-finish straight with two laps remaining. Williams finished behind the Mercedes and Ferrari’s with Felipe Massa fifth and Valtteri Bottas sixth. Before the race the question had been could anyone beat the Mercedes.
This gives Hamilton a thirteen point lead in the championship and his eighth victory in ten races going back to Italy in September, while the fight between Vettel and Rosberg has been cut to four points.
Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado had two spins first on his way into the pits at second stop on lap 39 and the second at Turn Six, dropping him way back.
That promoted the Venezuelan’s team-mate Romain Grosjean to seventh. Max Verstappen continued to impress making some good passing moves on track but locked rear axle and was hit from behind from Button on the pit straight with three laps to go, bringing out the safety car until the end the race.
Felipe Nasr finished eightieth for Sauber ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who recovered from a poor start which pushed him down to ninth place. Both McLaren’s managed to finish the race after taking two different tyre strategies.
Fernando Alonso finished behind the Force India of Sergio Perez in twelfth place and Button, with a damaged front wing, limped home in 13th as Maldonado retired with brake failure.