There was a lot of drama on Sunday’s 2016 Chinese Grand Prix where we witnessed uproar behind, rubbers flying all over the place, punctures, overtakes, pit stops, and collisions, but amidst all these scenarios Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg strolled through for the sixth consecutive victory making a comfortable win from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat. Nico Rosberg has bagged three races this season without having to execute a single overtake.
Speaking on this, Mr Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director said, “Most teams came into the Chinese Grand Prix, which we were delighted to sponsor this year, with not as much dry running as they would like. As a result, their strategy forecasts were made even harder, but Rosberg and Mercedes made exactly the right calls after starting on the soft tyre: which just goes to show how strategy really starts from before qualifying. Shanghai is one of the most demanding circuits of the year, yet Rosberg’s win was achieved with just two pit stops. Behind the winner a wide variety of different approaches were used, underlining how teams are using the 2016 three-compound choice to great effect”.
While Daniel Ricciardo with its early leading and suffered a puncture, but came through by marking a consolidate good day for Red Bull with fourth position. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton started last for the brand came through a fighting afternoon with a very different strategy used, featuring five pit stops to finish seventh being just ahead of the Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz while Williams' Valtteri Bottas pushed to tenth.
Kvyat stunned it by slicing decisively inside of Vettel at Turn 2, with such a surprise the German jolted to the left, into the Raikkonen’s path, making a contact pitching Raikkonen into a half spin, forcing him to pit with damage. Meanwhile, Vettel lost ground and dropped to eighth. With further consequences, after contact with Felipe Nasr, Hamilton lost his front wing, and as the Sauber driver tried to avoid the melee, Romain Grosjean damaged his Haas’s nose with sister Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.
With the track littered with Rebull racers’ debris, a safety car was deployed. The race resumed on lap eight, Rosberg headed with an unlikely lead pack that featured Williams’ Felipe Massa, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein, none of them thought of stopping themselves. After that Rosberg was rarely troubled with his amazing lead, but the action scenes were still on behind him, with Kvyat into second, while Vettel had fought his way back into third.