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Pick and mix - Food, flags and feedback in Shanghai

Hand selected highlights from the Chinese Grand Prix weekend

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - Food, flags and feedback in Shanghai

by Christine Blachford

Summing up the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend is easy: we expected more from the race than it delivered, Mercedes are still mostly untouchable but there’s a glimmer of hope, maybe, possibly, and there were more fans there than I was anticipating. If I have to expand on that, then read on – here are a few things from the weekend that caught my attention.

Just wanted to say hi - Christine's Rankings, Week 9

Sneak peek videos give insight into driver mindsets

Sidepodcast: Just wanted to say hi - Christine's Rankings, Week 9

by Christine Blachford

It's been quiet on the rankings front this past week, the technological difficulties in China mean social networks have been used slightly less than normal. There was still time for some video insight, including a sweet little message from Esteban Gutiérrez and some odd but fun singing from Nico Rosberg. There was also a lot of cake in China, but I opted to hand out points for the champagne instead.

Rate the race - China 2014

Pick your driver of the day, and hand out stars for the racing action

Sidepodcast: Rate the race - China 2014

by Christine Blachford

It's that time once again, your chance to deliver the verdict on the race just gone. This time, the Chinese Grand Prix stands up for scrutiny, after what was an interesting, if not classic weekend. Coming straight after what was a surprisingly good Bahrain race, China had its work cut out for it. The race was the final one before a brief rest and then return to Europe for the next leg of the season, but did it tide us over nicely? Cast your vote now.

Team standings - China 2014

Mercedes rocket ahead as Force India drop down a place

Sidepodcast: Team standings - China 2014

by Christine Blachford

Mercedes have extended their lead to almost 100 points now, with the fight for second place very tight. Red Bull have jumped Force India for second now, but there are only five points separating 2nd to 4th. The gap to McLaren is sizeable as the Woking team continue to try and catch up. Williams are likely to be disappointed they couldn't increase their points haul by a big margin this weekend, but they're still so far ahead of where they were this time last year, that it's really nothing to be sad about.

Driver standings - China 2014

Alonso moves up to third as Hamilton closes the gap

Sidepodcast: Driver standings - China 2014

by Christine Blachford

Nico Rosberg keeps a tenuous lead on the championship, as he finished on the podium but came second to Lewis Hamilton. The difference is down to just four points. Meanwhile, the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso catches up and moves into third. McLaren's difficult day sees them lose places, whilst Sebastian Vettel moves up to fifth. Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas sit on equal points.

Race results - China 2014

Mercedes secure 1-2 in Shanghai with Ferrari on the podium

Sidepodcast: Race results - China 2014

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton didn't put a foot wrong during the Chinese Grand Prix, except for one tiny little off, that saw him turn pole position into his third consecutive race victory. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso had a good race with a podium result, after a collision with Felipe Massa at the first corner. The Williams driver suffered a hefty pit lane problem as well, which pushed him down the order.

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