It’s NO.3 of the Nico Sea­son

The Ger­man takes Chi­nese GP too, while team­mate Lewis Hamil­ton fin­ishes seventh

The Economic Times - - Sports & Economy - Brad Spur­geon

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 —

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