Mercedes Petronas AMG added to its points total with another strong Formula One performance. Lewis Hamilton took third place in the Chinese Grand Prix on 14 April, having qualified in pole position, but Nico Rosberg was forced to retire from the race.
Both Mercedes drivers excelled in qualifying, with Hamilton securing pole position by two and a half tenths of a second. Rosberg lost time due to a hydraulics problem, but was able to finish up in fourth place, setting him up nicely for the full race.
Hamilton began the race well, and completed the team’s three-stop strategy effectively. His tyres began struggling as the race wore on, and it took a battling performance to ensure third place, and the champagne, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg experienced an unexpected level of understeer due to his car’s rear anti-roll bar breaking, so was forced to retire the car.
Hamilton’s excellent control of his 2013 Mercedes car helped him to notch another 15 points for Mercedes Petronas AMG, and having finished just 12.3 seconds behind winner Fernando Alonso he’ll be confident of achieving even better results in the future.
He said: “The guys did a great job this weekend to get us where we were; on pole and finishing third. We got the absolute most out of the car we had and that’s very satisfying.”
Ross Brawn was similarly philosophical about the race: “We can be confident that we’ve made another step forward this weekend, and the fact that we’re all a little disappointed with third is a measure of the ambition and expectations of the team.”
Right around the corner was the Bahrain Grand Prix, on 21 April, which provided another chance for the team to impress and add to their standing in the points table.