Alonso takes China GP victory
WELL-DESERVED WIN: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had avery special win after a well-deserved race in the China GO 2013 on Sunday, April 14. Image: AFP
Author: JANINE-LEE GORDON
SHANGHAI, China - Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took the Chinese GP title
with a sterling win and dominating drive with Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen
second and Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton third.
Alonso's win is the
first for Ferrari of the 2013 season and the champion's 31st victory. He
took his first win in China in 2005 with Renault.
Lap one saw
Lewis Hamilton stick to pole position with the two Ferraris right on his
tail from the start. With no DRS to his disadvantage, Felipe Massa and
Fernando Alonso both overtook the Brit on lap five
POOR, POOR WEBBER
Bull’s Mark Webber pitted as early as lap two to change to a harder
compound tyre in a strategic move since he was placed at the back of the
grid due to a fuel pressure issue on Saturday during qualifying but it
was all came to naught when Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne hit Webber on
lap 15 and broke the Australian's front wing.
Webber tried to
make his way back to the pits but his wheel came rolling off in what
seems to be an unrelated issue to the contact with Vergne. Sadly, Webber
saw an early retirement making his weekend go from bad to worse.
Raikkonen was a bit frustrated with Sergio Perez when he tried to go
left and wide but the Mexican squeezed back in front of him. The
Iceman’s tip of his car’s nose was damaged in the incident and stayed
that way for the rest of the race.
Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez were taken out of the race on lap six.
Jenson Button enjoyed the lead for a while and managed to do quite a
few laps on the same set of tyres from the start of the race.
Rosberg was having some trouble with his Mercedes and pitted thrice in
21 laps, shortly afterwards he was back in the garage and retired.
Ferrari’s Alonso took the lead from Button on lap 21 and that’s where he stayed setting a 12.3sec gap from the rest of the pack.
Rosso seemed to be delivering on some of the glimpses of promising
performance they have been showing during the 2013 season thanks to
Daniel Ricciardo which saw him finish seventh.
FIGHTING TO THE END
passed Massa on lap 51 on new tyres and was pushing hard in sixth.
Vettel was still due for a tyre change and pitted on the same lap while
he was second. He was then instructed to race to the finish.
On lap 52 Alonso was still in the lead with Kimi Raikkonen second and Hamilton third.
India’s Paul di Resta was also fighting hard to make some points in the
top 10 along with Lotus Romain Grosjean and Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg.
fought hard to keep Vettel off the podium even while his tyres were on
the very last and managed to keep third place. Alonso was all smiles
after a well-deserved win.
Result from 2013 Chinese GP at Shanghai International Circuit
1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1h36:26.945
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault +00:10.168 3.
3 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +00:12.322
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault +00:12.525
5 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +00:35.285
6 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +00:40.827
7 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - Ferrari +00:42.691
8 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - Mercedes +00:51.084
9 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault +00:53.423
10 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari +00:56.598
Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel,1min36.808, lap 53.