The race began in China under sunny skies, and Lewis Hamilton led the pack away from pole position. Kimi Räikkönen got a bad start, and it wasn’t long before he was pushed out wide by Sergio Pérez, losing a bit of control and crashing into the back of the McLaren. He suffered damage to the front wing and nose of the car, but continued the whole race regardless, ending on the podium.
Meanwhile another crash came between the two Force India drivers, and between Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez, the latter knocking both drivers out of the race. Mark Webber was another retirement after one of his rear wheels detached from the car and left him stranded.
At the front, there were several different race leaders as the strategies unfolded, but Fernando Alonso found his way to the front and remained there to the chequered flag. Räikkönen was second, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel taking the battle for the final trophy to the line, the Mercedes driver just pipping the Red Bull to third place.
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References Esteban Gutiérrez, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber
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