Fernando Alonso gave new Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci the perfect welcome by taking a hard-earned third place in China, on a day when teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished a distant eighth.
It was Ferrari’s first podium finish of the season.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.
Mercedes showed again that it’s in a different class from its rivals, with Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg taking second place — the third time in four races this season the pair have finished one-two.
“This is a team on a roll, that’s for sure,” Hamilton said. “I’m going to be working hard, we’re going to keep working hard because obviously the others are pushing to catch us.”
Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes’ perfect record in qualifying this season, holding off the two Red Bulls to capture his third pole position of the campaign on Saturday at the rainy Chinese Grand Prix.
Hamilton broke the record for most poles by a British driver in Formula One and put himself in position for a third consecutive race victory on Sunday. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was about 0.6 seconds off the pace in second place, with teammate Sebastian Vettel qualifying third.
Fernando Alonso appeared to be distinctly underwhelmed with this week’s management changes at Ferrari when speaking about it for the first time.
Alonso said he had not yet spoken to Marco Mattiacci, the road car executive who has replaced Stefano Domenicali, and surprisingly he seemed not to know if his new boss would be present this weekend.