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F1 GP Chinese Race Result

Alonso takes first win of 2013

Fernando Alonso took victory in China ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. Pole-sitter Hamilton got off to a flyer around the Shanghai International Circuit, but his lead was cut short by the 5th lap when Alonso got past in his Ferrari. The Spaniard dominated the race to finish 10.1 seconds ahead of Raikkonen.

The Lotus driver had to keep a hard charging Hamilton behind him to the line, who also had the attentions of Sebastian Vettel pushing him for the final place on the podium. Back marker, Giedo van der Garde on the last lap caused the Red Bull driver to close in on the Brit. Hamilton got past the Caterham driver, but a lunge by Vettel to also get past caused him to run wide, leaving him to get his 3rd place.

After the disaster in qualifying, Mark Webber started from pit lane. After moving up the pack, he then clashed with Toro Rosso driver, Jean-Eric Vergne. Damaging his front wing he came in to pit and his race finished not long after when he lost his rear right wheel. Limping back to the pits, the team was then fined €5,000 for not fitting the wheel properly. He also got a three place grid penalty for the next race after his clash with Vergne.

Adrian Sutil also didn’t finish due to a run in with Esteban Gutierrez, with the Mexican gaining a penalty and being dropped five places in Bahrain. Nico Rosberg also retired with a broken rear anti-roll bar on his Mercedes.

Jenson Button finished in 5th just ahead of Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari. Daniel Ricciardo who qualified 7th, finished in the same position in his Toro Rosso. Paul di Resta, Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten.

1. Fernando Alonso
2. Kimi Raikkonen
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Sebastian Vettel
5. Jenson Button
6. Felipe Massa
7. Daniel Ricciardo 8. Paul di Resta
9. Romain Grosjean
10. Nico Hulkenberg
11. Sergio Perez
12. Jean-Eric Vergne
13. Pastor Maldonado
14. Valtteri Bottas
15. Jules Bianchi
16. Charles Pic
17. Max Chilton
18. Giedo van der Garde