16 Apr 2012

Nico Rosberg claimed his first F1 victory in China

I’m one of those guys who’s pretty tired of seeing Germans lead a Formula 1 race from start to finish after the episodes called Michael Schumacher and more recently Sebastian Vettel but.. the Chinese Grand Prix yesterday was pretty fun to watch even though that’s exactly what happened. A German led the race from pole to finish and no one got even close to him.

Nico Rosberg scored his first victory in Formula 1 at Shanghai after an amazing race for Mercedes that finally proved they’re pretty competitive in the race as well. It was an impressive weekend for his team, with Nico starting from pole and Michael from the front row with him but Nico pulled away at the start to lead into the first corner and since then he was just in front.

It was still an interesting race from the second place onwards, full of overtaking, with different strategies for every driver and a couple of exciting final laps. After a great start along his team mate, Schumacher had to exit the race from the second place after a problem with his first pit stop where his right rear wheel was not changed properly and he had to pull off the track after a few corners.

That opened the road for Jenson Button who was the only driver that could have challenged Nico but a pit stop problem for him as well meant he had to settle for second. Lewis Hamilton has followed his team mate on the podium, making this his third third-place finish in a row and becoming the championship leader right now.

The Red Bulls were also ok after a disappointing qualifying session, managing to finish fourth for Mark Webber and fifth for Vettel. On the next points finishes were Romain Grosjean, Bruno Senna, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi. Raikkonen also had a pretty great race but he lost grip suddenly with just nine laps to go and finished below the top 10.

This victory makes the Rosberg family the third father & son “team” to both win a race in formula 1 after Jacques and Gilles Villeneuve and Graham and Damon Hill. It seems like it’s going to be a battle between Mercedes, McLaren and Red Bull this year with Lotus the best surprise and Ferrari quite a disappointment.