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Race results - Chinese Grand Prix 2015 - Tame Shanghai race ends behind the safety car

Hamilton sprays champagne on the podium in China
Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas

Hamilton led off the line and held off a complaining Nico Rosberg to turn his dominant pole position into race victory in china. The race ended behind the safety car after Max Verstappen had to park his Toro Rosso on the home straight with smoke pouring from the car. Vettel may have won the last race, but he could make little impact on events in China, and came under pressure from his Ferrari teammate, just holding on for third.

Elsewhere, Nico Hükenberg retired due to a gearbox failure, and Daniil Kvyat suffered an engine problem early on. Red Bull’s misery was compounded by a very poor start by Daniel Ricciardo, that he recovered only to ninth by the end. Jenson Button crashed into Pastor Maldonado, which knocked the Lotus driver out of the race, and saw the Brit handed penalty points after the event.

BestLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:42.208Lap 31
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:39:42.0082
2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.7142
3Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari+2.9882
4Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari+3.8352
5Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing+8.5442
6Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing+9.8852
7Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team+19.0082
8Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team+22.6252
9Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing+32.1172
10Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team+1 lap2
11Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team+1 lap3
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda+1 lap2
13Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso+1 lap2
14Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda+1 lap2
15Will StevensManor Marussia F1 Team+2 laps2
16Roberto MerhiManor Marussia F1 Team+2 laps2
17Max VerstappenScuderia Toro RossoLap 522
DNFPastor MaldonadoLotus F1 TeamLap 593
DNFDaniil KvyatInfiniti Red Bull RacingLap 150
DNFNico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 TeamLap 90
  • 1 place drop for Jenson Button. Button admitted that he had made a mistake and had caused a collisionwith Pastor Maldonado in Turn 1. 5 Second Time Penalty and 2 penalty points awards.
  • 0 place drop for Roberto Merhi. The driver failed to stay above the required time set by the FIA ECU during the deployment of the safety car. 5 Second Time Penalty and 2 penalty points awarded.