Apr 18, 2016

    Rosberg dodges wreck to clinch 3rd straight win


    NICO Rosberg stormed to victory in a chaotic Chinese Grand Prix yesterday, methodically completing a hat-trick of wins to extend his perfect start to the 2016 Formula One season.

    The German's Mercedes was jumped at the start by Daniel Ricciardo.

    But after avoiding the first-corner mayhem unfolding behind the front two, he quickly caught the Red Bull and romped home to win by a whopping 38 seconds from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

    Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton began from the back of the Shanghai grid after a mechanical failure on his Mercedes sabotaged qualifying for the Briton on Saturday.

    But he roared back to take seventh, despite pitting early to replace a damaged front wing.

    "It's too early to make any premature conclusions," insisted Rosberg after stretching his championship lead to 36 points.

    "Lewis is not many points behind - 30 points is not much, it's a race and a bit and he will never give up."

    Ferrari's wretched fortune continued after Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen collided at the first turn, allowing Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull to slip past into third, which is where the Russian finished.

    Ricciardo finished a creditable fourth after recovering from his puncture with a swashbuckling drive.

    Raikkonen fought back for fifth with Felipe Massa's Williams sixth.