Dominant Rosberg sweeps to third straight win

Nico Rosberg celebrates victory in China
Nico Rosberg celebrates victory in China

Nico Rosberg dominated Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai to make it three out of three in the 2016 FIA F1 World Championship.

Driving for the Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas team, Rosberg remains undefeated in Grand Prix events since the Mexican Grand Prix last October, this his sixth win in a row.

He has now overtaken the legendary Sir Stirling Moss as the driver to have recorded the most Grand Prix victories without becoming a world champion.

The German racer, who controlled the pace at the head of the race while others around him encountered problems, said: “I am very happy to have won here in China.

“I had a good race and I managed to keep myself clear of some of the problems that were going on elsewhere.

“Win number three of 2016 is a good feeling, although the season is long and I have to keep winning races to maintain my title lead.”

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) completed the podium, but the duo clashed afterwards just as they had in the race.

Vettel was unhappy with Kvyat for his driving on the opening lap, but the Russian driver hit back by saying: “I was just racing. We are here to race!”

With the next round of the championship taking place in Russia, Kvyat, a former driver for the Bicester-based Toro Rosso team, was pleased to finish on the podium.

Rosberg’s team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, endured another frustrating weekend with his Mercedes, the reigning world champion, classified a lowly seventh to fall 36 points behind early championship leader Rosberg.

.He said: “I have used all my jokers now and I have to start winning races. Nico is driving well and is looking good in the car. I have to start to fight back now.”

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. again drove well to both finish in the points for Toro Rosso. Verstappen finished the race in eighth, while Sainz crossed the line in ninth.

The two Red Bull-supported youngsters are placed ninth and 12th in the 2016 points table.

Sainz said afterwards: “The next race is at Sochi and that is the track where I crashed very heavily last year.

“I like the track very much and it will be good to go back.”

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished outside of the top ten with the latter yet to score a championship point this season.

Standings: 1. Rosberg, 75pts; 2. Hamilton, 39; 3. Ricciardo, 36; 4. Vettel, 33; 5. Raikkonen, 28. Next race: Russia - Sochi, May 1.