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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.

Fernando Alonso joins Mercedes on the podium

The Chinese Grand Prix sees Hamilton on top again

Sidepodcast: Fernando Alonso joins Mercedes on the podium

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton turned his pole position into a dominant victory, leading the way with a comfortable gap to the rest of the field and crossing the line 18 seconds clear by the time the chequered flag dropped. Speaking of which, the flag was waved a lap too soon, meaning the FIA had to count back the finish two laps earlier, but only one position changed at the rear of the field.

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.

6 Hours of Silverstone

FIA World Endurance Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: 6 Hours of Silverstone

by Christine Blachford

The FIA's new World Endurance Championship kicks off at Silverstone, with plenty of famous names and faces getting back in their cars, or trying the sport anew. Mark Webber is one of the key figures for this first race, as Porsche make their big comeback and the Australian driver makes his post-F1 racing debut. We'll also get to see how Audi get on without Allan McNish, and cheer on little Anthony Davidson, and perhaps even Lucas di Grassis. Six hours of racing awaits, so sit down, grab a glass, and enjoy!

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.

Grand Prix from China

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from China

by Christine Blachford

The battle between Mercedes and Red Bull continues to rage, as they secured the top four grid slots. Behind them, Williams impressed with their wet condition performance, whilst Nico Hülkenberg scraped into the top ten. Romain Grosjean has all of the Lotus hopes in his hands, starting tenth, with Pastor Maldonado all the way at the rear of the field. After the last race in Bahrain delivered an absolute storming afternoon of action, we're expecting great things from China. Hopefully, the Shanghai International Circuit can deliver.

Qualifying from China

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Qualifying from China

by Christine Blachford

Mercedes still have the edge, clearly, but we saw a chink in the armour as practice didn't go all their way. Hamilton had some reliability trouble, and other drivers showed good pace too. Meanwhile, Maldonado has had a pretty shocking time in China so far, and needs a good qualifying result to prove that he does deserve his seat in F1, when so many others think perhaps he doesn't. With rain in the air, let's hope for a great qualifying session to decide pole position!

Maldonado crashes into pit entry during China practice

The Lotus driver struggles in early Shanghai sessions

Sidepodcast: Maldonado crashes into pit entry during China practice

by Christine Blachford

Pastor Maldonado had a very difficult Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit, spinning off track in both practice sessions, and ending his day with the Lotus car embedded in the wall at the pit entry. Or, as trackside operations boss Alan Permane put it, he “had a little mishap.” In the first session, he ran wide off track during the outlap as he was adjusting something on the steering wheel.

Free Practice from China

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Free Practice from China

by Christine Blachford

Three practice sessions await our drivers in Shanghai, with rain scheduled for most of them. Red Bull are trying to move on from their fuel sensor disappointment, Mercedes are managing their domination. Williams and Force India want to capitalise on their engine supremacy and get the most from these early races. Ferrari will be dealing with the fallout from Stefano Domenicali's departure, whilst Lotus are still floundering. Caterham and Marussia want to beat each other. Sauber and Toro Rosso want desperately not to be the last of the competitive teams. Practice is where the fun starts, so stay tuned!

Race information - China 2014

Facts and figures for the fourth round of the F1 season

Sidepodcast: Race information - China 2014

by Christine Blachford

Formula One this year is the Hamilton versus Rosberg show, and whilst the Mercedes domination is a concern, we've got a heck of a battle between these two stars. Their teammate track fight in Bahrain captivated F1 fans across the globe and was the icing on what was already a brilliant race cake. Now it's up to China to continue that trend and deliver something even better. No pressure!