Nico Rosberg converted his first pole position in his debut win to give Mercedes their first win as a constructor since 1955 in a thrilling Chinese Grand Prix that saw a fast and frantic final 10 laps for second through to 10th. Who was your driver of the day?
Pulled out what he called the ‘perfect’ lap in qualifying to secure his first pole position in 111 attempts and set up an all-Mercedes front row for the first time since the team returned to F1 in 2010. Made a clean getaway and then pushed to get a gap before the first round of stops. Showed considerably better race pace than expected and controlled the race at the front to secure his debut win and Mercedes’ first since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.
Struggled for to get the tyres working all weekend in the cold conditions, but looked fast in Q2. Decided to go out late in Q3, but by then the temperature had dropped and he ended up fourth on the grid. Made a good start, rising to third and then second when Michael Schumacher retired. Looked to be in with a chance of catching Rosberg until a problem at his last stop dropped him into traffic and he ultimately finished second.
Looked ominously quick on Friday, but a gearbox change meant he would have to take a five-place grid penalty for the race. Qualified second and started seventh. Made a good start but struggled to clear the traffic and lost a lot of time behind the Sauber of Sergio Perez. Made some good moves on Felipe Massa, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel to rise up to third – a position he has claimed in every race this season – to assume the lead of the world championship.
Decided to take the new model of the Red Bull rather than revert to older version like his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel and it appeared to pay off when he qualified sixth, five places ahead of the German. Struggled with traffic and made a few mistakes which saw him run off track, but managed his tyres well and put a brave move on his team-mate on the final lap to take fourth place to increase his lead over Vettel in the drivers’ standings.
Entered the weekend full of confidence after a sixth place in the Malaysian Grand Prix – his first points for the Williams team – but looked off the pace early on and missed out on Q3, qualifying 14th. Almost clashed with his team-mate Pastor Maldonado at the start but recovered well and made a two-stop strategy work to rise up to seventh, one place ahead of his team-mate.
Arrived in China on the back of two retirements despite showing good pace in the Lotus. Made it through to Q3, but didn’t set a time and started 10th. Kept his nose clean at the start and then managed his two-stop strategy, rising to fifth. However, cars around him had more life on his tyres and he lost one place to ultimately finish sixth for his first point of the season.
Looked to be struggling for pace early on in the weekend before the team managed to get the car more to the Finn’s liking. Qualified fourth and maintained the position early on before making his way up to second place as he was on a two-stop strategy. However, the move backfired as his tyres fell off the cliff and he dropped to 10th in one lap before ultimately crawling home 14th.