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.”
After making 215 Grand Prix starts and spending 12 years in Formula 1, Mark Webber begins a new chapter in his motorsports career this weekend, as the veteran open-wheel driver makes his debut with Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Webber’s arrival onto the sports car scene, along with the German manufacturer’s return to top-level factory prototype racing has been touted as two of the major talking points in the new-look championship, which also sees the launch of new LMP1 regulations.
Nico Rosberg says tires will be the key to the Chinese GP, an event that has always put a big strain on the front left.
Rosberg starts from fourth, separated from teammate Lewis Hamilton by the two Red Bulls.
“It will be a tough race, because the left front tire is a big issue,” said Rosberg. “For sure there will be things happening, some people will struggle more than others. I had a good run on Friday, so I’m going into it confidently, knowing that I’ve this Red Bull package in the middle, which is not very helpful. But that’s the way it is, and with the top speed that I have I’m hoping that I manage to get by them somehow.