Button wins Chinese GP

Another bold call on tyres gave Jenson Button a second win of the 2010 F1 season, the reigning world champion coming from fifth on the grid to claim both the Chinese GP and the overall points lead.

The forecast rain arrived just before the race start, but was only heavy enough to make teams think about switching to intermediate tyres while the safety car was circulating on lap two. Button, however, was among the few to opt to remain on slicks and, when he managed to pass leader Nico Rosberg on lap 19, the Briton put himself in position to repeat his Melbourne victory from round two.

While others made repeated stops to cope with the changing conditions, Button sailed on and had enough in hand to make his own switch to intermediates during a second shower and rejoin in front. That pattern was repeated 18 laps from the end, even though a re-appearance of the safety car had bunched the field in the McLaren man’s wake.

A rare mistake on near bald rubber in the closing stages was a mere blip for Button, who again had enough in hand to rejoin in first place, and he soldiered on the flag to open out a healthy championship advantage.

Second place switched hands in the final third of the race, with Rosberg succumbing to a charging Lewis Hamilton shortly after taking on his final set of tyres. Hamilton had been among those to make an ill-judged early stop for inters, but battled back, aided by the safety car, to be in contention for the win until his tyres went off with the chequered flag in reach. Despite also having a moment in the final few laps, the Briton held station behind Button to give McLaren a 1-2 result – and Britain its first similar result since David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine finished at the front in Austria in 1999.

Rosberg closed back in on the 2008 world champion towards the end, but ultimately had to settle for third, as Mercedes swept the podium, while Fernando Alonso claimed fourth, despite making five pit-stops – including one for blatantly jumping the start.

The pacesetting Red Bulls were nowhere after getting caught out by the tyre changes and then a nightmare second restart, with Sebastian Vettel only sixth, behind the consistent Robert Kubica. Mark Webber lost a place late on to the second Renault of Vitaly Petrov, while Felipe Massa got the better of Michael Schumacher within sight of the flag to take ninth spot.

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With regards to Schumacher. I stood at turn 6 in Melbourne and watched the quali action from there. What was really obvious was that the time gap between Michael coming off the brake and getting on the throttle again was quite long compared to Rosberg. Nico was pretty much on the throttle as soon as he reached the Apex, Michael was at least 5-7 meters further along before he gingerly got on the throttle. Same car . . . I watched him from that spot is the years leading up to his retirement and he was always spectacular through there . . . he’s just not as smooth.

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@rleemelb: Schumi is rusty. Even RossBrawn is aware of it. Rosberg gets P3 and Schumi is overtaken by a rookie, Massa and Hamilton?
He did actually say he didn’t find the balance of the car the whole weekend.. but it stil isn’t an excuse for an F1 champ.

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Great race!!! Heads off for the FIA, just reprimandes and no penalties, right calls!
Bit painfull to see Schumi seems to have lost it over the years, even Haugs laughs like he is in pain.

Mercedes should never ever have left McLaren for Brawn, that’s for sure! Guess Haug is under pressure and Schumi should call it a day, their testdriver Heidfeld will be even faster!

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Have to say, I agree that Heidfeld would be doing a better Job…

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Yep, both Hamilton and Alonso overpassed Vettel and Massa (respectively) by going across the solid white lines that marked the entrance to the pits. But what was even worse was Hamilton’s NOT BACKING A BIT when Vettel was 2/3 of a car ahead of him: I mean, the pit lane is not meant to handle two cars side by side, if you have already lost the position there, you can not wait and drive under all other teams’ pneumatic scaffolds (the area where the other mechanics should be working!) expecting the other car to make a mistake. He should be punished; he made the choice to go along that path.

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but it’s nice to see a popper discussion going on

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I think if Vettel gave him as much room as possible then only Hamilton would have been punished. As Vettel did squeeze him into the air guns, I think the call was fair. I totally agree though, Penalties should only be given in the race.

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