2014 Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix - Race

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It's Hamilton's third successive win and Mercedes's third one-two in a row
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Raikkonen, Perez and Kvyat complete the top ten
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Ricciardo and Vettel follow in fourth and fifth, ahead of Hulkenberg and Bottas
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Rosberg takes second, while Alonso holds on to third
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A stunning performance from the Briton
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Lewis Hamilton wins the Chinese Grand Prix!
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He's almost 20 seconds clear of Rosberg as he navigates the final few corners
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Final lap: He has one more tour to navigate in his Mercedes...
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Lap 55/56: Hamilton suggests that the chequered flag has already appeared
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Bianchi is doing just enough to hold Kobayashi at bay in the Marussia/Caterham battle
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Lap 54/56: Alonso looks to have third place settled now, with two laps left to run
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Lap 53/56: Bianchi and Kobayashi battling hard over 17th position
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Lap 52/56: Alonso recovers from a scruffy lap to build up his advantage
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The gap between the two currently stands at 3.6 seconds
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Lap 51/56: Ricciardo still doing his best to close in on Alonso
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Lap 50/56: Chilton makes a late stop for fresh Soft tyres
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Rosberg is five seconds clear of Alonso, who has a similar lead over Ricciardo
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Lap 49/56: Hamilton's advantage over Rosberg remaining stable
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He has also used less fuel than the Australian
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Alonso has a five-second advantage over Ricciardo at the moment
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Lap 47/56: "You can catch Alonso," is the message to Ricciardo
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Lap 46/56: Hamilton is almost 15 seconds clear at the front
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Lap 45/56: Rosberg is informed that his fuel usage is still on target
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Lap 44/56: "Look after these tyres in case of a late Safety Car," Hamilton is told
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Ricciardo is lapping much quicker at present
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Lap 43/56: Ricciardo now has his eyes on Alonso's Ferrari
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Lap 42/56: Rosberg passes Alonso for P2 with the use of DRS
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Alonso and Rosberg put a lap on Massa, whose race has been a dismal one
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Lap 41/56: Rosberg voices his frustration at having to give fuel updates over the radio
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Lap 40/56: A new fastest lap from Rosberg, who is closing on Alonso
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Ricciardo is told that his tyres will last until the end of the race
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He puts on another set of Mediums and rejoins with a massive lead
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Lap 39/56: Hamilton pits from the lead
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Hamilton is told that his front wing will be cleaned at his next stop
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Both drivers take on more Mediums
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Lap 38/56: Rosberg and Ricciardo pit
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Lap 37/56: Vettel lapping quickly on his fresh tyres
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Lap 36/56: Hamilton 18 seconds clear of team-mate Rosberg
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Ricciardo, meanwhile, has used the most
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Of the frontrunners, Hamilton has been the easiest on fuel so far
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He comes out in fifth, just ahead of Hulkenberg
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The German puts on another set of Mediums
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Lap 35/56: Vettel takes the opportunity to pit
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Kobayashi is on fresh tyres, but Vettel says "they will go off in two laps"
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Vettel moans over the radio after being unlapped by a Caterham
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He rejoins in fifth, with plenty of space around him
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Lap 34/56: Alonso pits from second, taking on more Mediums
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Massa, struggling after his first lap collision, and Vergne now pit
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Lap 33/56: Rosberg is almost within DRS range of Alonso
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Kvyat and Magnussen pit for fresh rubber
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All three drivers stay on Mediums
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Lap 32/56: Hulkenberg, Bottas and Raikkonen pit
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Perez pits for more Mediums, locking up heavily before the speed limit line
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Lap 31/56: Rosberg cutting the gap to second-placed Alonso
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But he has a 13.4 second cushion over his nearest rival
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Lap 30/56: "This tyre doesn't feel as good as the last one," reports Hamilton
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Shortly before, Button pitted from 13th and stayed on Mediums
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He comes in to retire his car from the race
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He's now slowing down, with a space being cleared in the Lotus garage
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Lap 29/56: Replays show Grosjean running off the track at Turn 11
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Gutierrez pits after losing the position to Magnussen
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The German could be pushing for an earlier pit-stop
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Lap 28/56: "Stay out, it helps us," Vettel is told over the radio
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"We've got a problem with fourth gear," Grosjean is told
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Magnussen passes Gutierrez for P14
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Lap 27/56: Hamilton has brought his lead over the 10-second mark
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That suggests that Vettel will be three-stopping
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Vettel is told that Ricciardo is on a two-stop plan
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Lap 26/56: Ricciardo finally slips past into the first corner
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He appears to be ignoring orders, as he defends from the Australian
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Vettel questioning why he should let Ricciardo past
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Lap 25/56: "Let Daniel through, please," is the message to Vettel
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Lap 24/56: Hamilton's lead over Alonso is up to seven seconds
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Ricciardo deploys DRS along the main straight but is unable to get through
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Lap 23/56: That battle helped Ricciardo, who has closed on team-mate Vettel
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Rosberg smartly covers Vettel off at the first corner
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They get very close through the hairpin, but just get away with it!
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Rosberg finds a way past Vettel along the back straight
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Lap 22/56: Rosberg all over the back of Vettel now
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Ricciardo is told that only the Mercedes cars are faster than him
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Lap 21/56: Hamilton turns up the pace again and moves five seconds clear
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He's now 15th, setting personal best laps
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Lap 20/56: Magnussen is making up some lost ground on the Option rubber
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Vettel is third, a further three seconds back
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Lap 19/56: Hamilton leading Alonso by three seconds after the first stops
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He is told that he has more than enough fuel at the moment
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Rosberg is having to relay fuel levels, as his telemetry issues continue
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The Dane now moves to Softs for his second stint
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Remember, he was the only driver to start on the Medium tyres
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Magnussen dives into the pits
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He rejoins in a comfortable lead
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A clean stop as he switches to Mediums
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Lap 18/56: Hamilton pits at the end of the lap
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Replays show Hamilton locking up and running wide at Turn 6
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Lap 17/56: Grosjean now passes Magnussen
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Hamilton says is front tyres feel "surprisingly good"
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Raikkonen passes Magnussen, who is yet to stop, for eighth
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Rosberg sets a new fastest lap of the race
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He rejoins in fifth, just behind Rosberg
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Lap 16/56: Ricciardo pits and takes on Mediums
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His engineer tells him to do so
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Vettel asks if it is worth backing off, as he struggles to pass Alonso
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Lap 15/56: Perez passes Button for P14
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But he does edge closer under braking
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Red Bull's lack of straight line speed is being exposed this afternoon, as Vettel fails to close in on Alonso despite the use of DRS
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He rejoins in seventh, just ahead of Hulkenberg
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The wing is checked after a radio request and he switches to Mediums
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Lap 14/56: Rosberg comes into the pits
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Vettel rejoins in sixth, meaning Alonso has got the jump on him
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They follow their rivals by putting on Mediums
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Lap 13/56: Vettel and Bottas are the next of the frontrunners to stop
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Both drivers take on the Medium compound tyres
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Lap 12/56: Alonso and Hulkenberg pit together
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Perhaps that had something to do with the incident at the start
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He finally pulls away, having been delayed by around a minute
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Disaster for Massa! He's stuck in the pits with a problem at the left-rear
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Lap 11/56: Massa, Raikkonen and Perez pit
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Sutil's race is officially over, as Sauber confirms a terminal engine issue
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Replays show Alonso locking up heavily under braking for Turn 11
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Lap 10/56: Grosjean pits, swapping to Mediums like Button
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Red Bull informs Vettel that it is too early to stop, despite high degradation
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Lap 9/56: Hamilton more than a second a lap faster than Vettel at the moment
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It might not be the end of the day for Sutil after all...
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Button is the first driver to pit, switching to Mediums
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Mercedes team-mate Rosberg is closing in on Ricciardo
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Lap 8/56: Hamilton's lead up to a comfortable 6.9 seconds
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Hamilton reports similar degradation, but says it is not causing problems
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Alonso complains of left-front graining over the radio
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The team reported power unit problems shortly after the start
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Lap 7/56: Sutil brings his Sauber back to the pits and retires
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He's 1.1 seconds adrift of Vettel, but 1.5 clear of Ricciardo
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Alonso is living up to his post-qualifying expectations by fighting with the Red Bull duo
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Lap 6/56: We see replays of Massa';s dramatic move and collision on the run down to the first corner, before Rosberg clips the Brazilian's Williams team-mate, Bottas
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Lap 5/56: Rosberg passes Massa for fifth
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DRS has now been enabled
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Some big gaps between the drivers already, with the long back straight playing a role
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Button slips past Vergne for 13th position
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"It feels like I've got damage to the front wing," Magnussen reports
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Lap 3/56: A new fastest lap from Hamilton, who is now 2.5 seconds clear
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Magnussen was involved in more drama on the opening lap – he's back in 16th
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Grosjean, Raikkonen and Bottas are in the final points positions
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Alonso is third, from Ricciardo, Massa and Rosberg, who has just passed Hulkenberg
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Lap 2/56: Hamilton leads Vettel by 1.5 seconds
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Rosberg has endured a terrible start and is back in seventh
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Massa is fifth, but does the Williams driver have car damage?
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Vettel gets through the opening sequence of corners in second, from Alonso and Ricciardo
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Massa darts between Vettel and Alonso but makes contact with the Ferrari!
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A great start from Hamilton who leads into the first corner
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The light sequence begins...
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The rest of the grid gradually forms behind him
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Hamilton returns to his pole position slot
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Rosberg is told that there is no telemetry for his car at present
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Hamilton leads the field away on the formation lap
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All drivers bar Magnussen will be starting on the Soft compound tyre
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The tyre blankets come off and the mechanics move to the side of the track
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Tyre strategy is set to be even more crucial this afternoon, with yesterday's rain clearing away the rubber and making for a "green" track surface
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And now the grid begins to clear, with just over five minutes until lights out...
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Helmets go on, with drivers getting strapped into their cars
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Drivers are running through final details with their engineers on the grid
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The Chinese national anthem now plays around the circuit
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The first comes along the back straight, with the second on the main straight
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There are also two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) tyres to Shanghai
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The full grid for this afternoon's race can be found on our dedicated China panel
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Nico Hulkenberg, Jean-Eric Vergne and Romain Grosjean round out the top ten starting positions for their respective Force India, Toro Rosso and Lotus teams
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Fernando Alonso starts fifth for Ferrari, in front of Williams team-mates Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas who enjoyed improved wet weather pace
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Lewis Hamilton set the pace during that grid-deciding hour, taking the top spot ahead of Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Nico Rosberg
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It's much drier at the Shanghai circuit today, after a rain-hit qualifying session
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix!