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Chinese race provokes Vettel and Kvyat row - Rosberg wins avoiding first lap chaos

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Chinese race provokes Vettel and Kvyat row
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The Chinese Grand Prix was end to end action, with Daniel Ricciardo getting into the lead off the line but falling back behind polesitter Nico Rosberg after picking up a puncture. The safety car was called moments later to clear up some debris after first lap crashes.

Much of the chaos was caused by Sebastian Vettel, who blamed Daniil Kvyat for racing up the inside into the first corner, surprising him to move left where he collided with teammate Kimi Räikkönen. After the race, the German had words with the young Russian, who quite rightly called it a racing incident with no hard feelings as they both finished on the podium behind race winner Rosberg.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton tried out a bizarre five stop strategy which saw him finish seventh after starting the race last. Kimi recovered to fifth, with two Williams and two Toro Rossos rounding out the top ten. McLaren just missed out, whilst Romain Grosjean, running towards the rear of the field, wanted to retire a few laps from the end but was told to stay out – meaning despite all the chaos, there wasn’t a single retirement.