April 18, 2010 / 1:42 PM / 10 years ago

Motor racing-Chinese Grand Prix team by team analysis

April 18 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix (listed in current championship order):

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MCLAREN (Jenson Button 1, Lewis Hamilton 2)

Button’s second win in four races this season, and ninth of his career, sent him top of the standings. McLaren’s first one-two since Italy 2007. This was also the first one-two by British drivers since Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard in Austria in 1999. McLaren overtake Ferrari in the constructors’ championship. Hamilton had another storming race but was reprimanded by stewards for going wheel to wheel with Vettel in the pit lane.

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FERRARI (Fernando Alonso 4, Felipe Massa 9)

Massa ceded the championship lead after a difficult afternoon, his task made harder by Alonso overtaking him at the pit lane entry and making him wait to change tyres. Alonso was helped by the safety car after collecting a drive through penalty for jumping the start.

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RED BULL (Sebastian Vettel 6, Mark Webber 8)

Vettel added to the Formula One jinx. The driver on pole has now failed to win the last six races, with rain and tyre choices playing a big part. Vettel was also reprimanded for the pit lane incident. Webber started alongside him on the front row but no repeat of last year’s one-two finish.

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MERCEDES (Nico Rosberg 3, Michael Schumacher 10)

Rosberg led early on but made a mistake that allowed Button to overtake him. It was still his second third place in a row and again he eclipsed illustrious team mate Schumacher. Rosberg moved up to second in the overall standings while his fellow German had another race to forget.

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RENAULT (Robert Kubica 5, Vitaly Petrov 7)

Petrov became the first Russian to score points in Formula One with a strong performance that included overtaking Schumacher and Webber in the closing stages. Kubica again impressed with a good points haul.

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FORCE INDIA (Adrian Sutil 11, Vitantonio Liuzzi retired)

Force India’s run of points ended. Liuzzi retired after locking his brakes and causing a collision on the fourth corner of the first lap. Sutil ran strongly at first but then struggled with graining tyres.

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WILLIAMS (Rubens Barrichello 12, Nico Hulkenberg 15)

No points for Williams, with technical director Sam Michael summing it up: “Some of the calls on our pitstops were wrong, some were right but overall we weren’t fast enough and didn’t make the right decisions.”

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TORO ROSSO (Jaime Alguersuari 13, Sebastien Buemi retired)

Alguersuari lost his front wing after a coming together with one of the HRT drivers. Buemi, having recovered from his big crash on Friday, was dumped out at the start by Liuzzi.

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BMW SAUBER (Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi retired)

Still to score a point this season. Kobayashi was hit by Liuzzi on lap one and retired. De la Rosa made the right tyre calls and had climbed to fourth place before a problem with the Ferrari engine stopped him on lap eight.

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LOTUS (Heikki Kovalainen 14, Jarno Trulli retired)

Kovalainen finished ahead of Hulkenberg, which counted as a minor triumph. Malaysian-owned Lotus were again the best of the new teams. Trulli pitted with hydraulics problems on lap 18, went out again but had to retire on lap 34.

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HRT (Bruno Senna 16, Karun Chandhok 17)

Another double finish for the backmarkers. Chandhok started from the pit lane after an hydraulics problem.

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VIRGIN (Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi retired)

Di Grassi was unable to start on the grid due to a clutch problem. He joined the race after the rest had done seven laps but retired eight laps later. Glock lost air pressure in the engine valve system and had to be wheeled off the grid to the pit lane. He did not start.

Compiled by Alan Baldwin. Editing by Ed Osmond, To query anything on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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