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Fernando Alonso joins Mercedes on the podium // The Chinese Grand Prix sees Hamilton on top again

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Fernando Alonso joins Mercedes on the podium
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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.

That was the story of the race, incidents affecting the order more than overtaking. Pastor Maldonado was given permission to race but could make little forward progress. Romain Grosjean was running strongly in ninth until he was forced to retire with gearbox trouble. Adrian Sutil was the other retirement, with power unit issues on his Sauber.

Fernando Alonso was best of the rest, whilst Daniel Ricciardo beat Sebastian Vettel to fourth place, team orders coming into play between the Red Bull duo once again. Felipe Massa had a great start, despite contact with Alonso, but a delay of a full minute in the pit lane saw him finish down in 15th. Luckily for Williams, Bottas finished in the points, picking up seventh place.