Lewis Hamilton has fond memories of China, with four victories to his name in Shanghai.
A fifth title this year appeared unlikely after starting from last on the grid.
Although he produced a stunning drive through the field he had to settle for seventh place.
If you follow Formula 1, you know that with Hamilton out of the picture, there would be only be one winner.
And that winner, of course, was Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg.
The German Mercedes driver carried over his impressive form to China to win his third straight race this season and sixth consecutive success dating back to last year’s campaign.
Rosberg kicked off from pole but was quickly overtaken by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Australian Ricciardo, however, suffered a left-rear puncture on lap three, allowing Rosberg to pass.
After an incident-filled start to the race the safety car was brought out on lap four.
When the race restarted five laps later Rosberg hit the gas and simply drove off into the distance for victory ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat.
Hamilton battled superbly from the back of the grid to eventually finish seventh.
The defending world champion now trails Rosberg in the championship standings by 36 points with the next F1 stop in Sochi, Russia on May 1.
nico_rosberg</a> completes hat-trick with China win<a href="https://t.co/Ow7KN8ZfxR">https://t.co/Ow7KN8ZfxR</a> <a href="https://t.co/dokQIQ182y">pic.twitter.com/dokQIQ182y</a></p>— New Straits Times (NST_Online) April 17, 2016
nico_rosberg</a>: first <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash">#F1</a> driver to start a year with 3 wins since 2004.<br><br>All the stats >> <a href="https://t.co/rBI5jRvBPf">https://t.co/rBI5jRvBPf</a> <a href="https://t.co/izCoMYOnq0">pic.twitter.com/izCoMYOnq0</a></p>— Formula 1 (F1) April 17, 2016
Tribute to a special world champion
If he was alive, he would have been 74 years old on Monday. In Speed, we celebrate the date with a tribute to the only posthumous world champion in the history of Formula 1.
Of course we are talking about Jochen Rindt.
The German-born Austrian began his career in Saloon racing in 1961.
After making his way successfully through the Formula Junior and Formula Two series he made his debut in Formula One at the Austrian Grand Prix with Cooper in 1964.
He drove for Brabham in ’68 and then moved to Lotus in 1969 where he found a competitive car.
The following campaign he won five times before heading into the Italian Grand Prix at Monza – the 10th of 13 races that season.
But on lap five of Saturday’s practice session Rindt lost control of his car and hit the crash barriers with such force the front end of his car was torn away.
A 28-year-old Rindt was rushed to hospital but had already died from his injuries.
His five wins however proved more than enough for him to win the world title.
G.P. de Italia, Monza, 1967 – Jochen Rindt – Cooper T86-Maserati – cuarto clasificado. pic.twitter.com/JL7cMn7gco— Jose Miguel Vinuesa (@Josemivn) March 21, 2016
Jochen Rindt, en 1970 se convirtió en el único campeón póstumo tras un fatal accidente en Monza en la clasificación. pic.twitter.com/WmFwJm0XMZ— F1 Classics (@Classics_F1) December 12, 2015
Ready for 2017
In the world of rallying Citroen took a sabbatical for the 2016 Championship season but that doesn’t mean the French constructor is comfortably sitting back with its feet up on its eight world titles. On the contrary, they’re getting ready to return with a bang.
Citroen have been putting their 2017 charge through its paces with private test runs in France.
With technical regulation changes being introduced next season, which should lead to more exciting, aggressive and muscular looking cars, Citroen have brought out the DS3.
The car was tested by Britain’s Kris Meeke and was covered with a colourful livery but in fact that is ‘camouflage’ the manufacturer uses to disguise the body panel designs from its competition.
First video from
krismeeke</a>'s test with the new Citroen C3 WRC yesterday on gravel <a href="https://twitter.com/CitroenRacing">CitroenRacing #WRC by
Traxx_WiF</a> <a href="https://t.co/GEFn8kkIqW">https://t.co/GEFn8kkIqW</a></p>— Fredrik Gustavsson (F_Gustavsson) April 15, 2016
The football season may have reached its crucial stage but players still need to take their mind off the game from time to time. Manchester City boys, David Silva, Bacary Sagna, Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala swapped the ball for four wheels for a day. Let’s find out how they did behind the wheel of a rally car. (Check out video above)
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