It’s NO.3 of the Nico Season
The German takes Chinese GP too, while teammate Lewis Hamilton finishes seventh
REUTERS While the reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton continued his catastrophic start to the Formula One season, his teammate, Nico Rosberg, extended his dream start with a third victory in a row.
Rosberg led from pole position to checkered flag at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, only briefly dropping the lead at the start, taking what was also his sixth consecutive victory over all, after he won the last three races of last season. It was the17th victory of his career, and his second in China, where he won his first Formula One race in 2012. “It was a great weekend for me in China; I got my first pole here, my first win here,” he said. “It was a really good car today, so I’m feeling great.”
In a chaotic race for just about everyone behind the German driver, the next best showing was that of Rosberg’s compatriot Sebastian Vettel, who finished in second place for Ferrari, while Daniil Kvyat finished third in his Red Bull.
But much of the focus of the race was on Hamilton, who has won the drivers’ title the last two years but had his third disappointing race this season at his favourite track in China, where he has won a record four times, including in the last two seasons.
Hamilton started the race in last position, after he had a penalty for changing his gearbox before the race coupled with having a bad qualifying session. The British driver then drove one of the most difficult races of his career, making five pit stops for tyre changes and other problems — including a change of his front wing after a collision on the first lap. “That’s racing; it happens sometimes, and at least I still managed to get a few points on the board,” said Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg with his trophy —