Lewis Hamilton cruised to his third straight victory of the season in Shanghai, winning the race by a commendable margin of 18 seconds despite using less fuel than any other driver in the top 10.
Those who were expecting a repeat of Bahrain Grand Prix were left disappointed as there was more action behind the scenes in the strategy departments of team than between drivers on the race track.
Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg finished the race in a distant second place after a poor start put him in 7th place at the end of first lap. He spent majority of the race recovering the positions he lost, eventually getting past Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on lap 42 to take second. With Hamilton nearly 15 seconds ahead on the road at that point, Rosberg had to be content with the runners up position.
The German encountered a telemetry issues which continued throughout the race, possibly ruining his start and forcing him to consistently update the team about his fuel usage.
Third place went to Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who made a great start and drove equally well in the race to record his and team’s first podium of the season. With this result, he moves third in the drivers standings, albeit 31 points behind championship leader Nico Rosberg.
Red Bull’s occupied fourth and fifth place in the final race results with Ricciardo having the upper hand over world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel. In the middle of the race, Vettel was asked by his team to give way to Ricciardo as he was on a different strategy. Vettel disobeyed the team order but Ricciardo soon find a way past, eventually finishing the race with a 25 second gap over the German.
Nico Hulkenberg again drove a superb, albeit an un-eventual race to take sixth at the chequered flag. His teammate Sergio Perez, who finished on the podium a fortnight ago in Bahrain, finished ninth. Force Indias didn’t have same pace they showed in Sakhir but were able to score a decent haul of points.
Valtteri Bottas in the Williams took seventh after closing in on the Force India during the latter stages of the race. Felipe Massa, in the other FW36, had a great start and looked set for a decent finish until a slow pit stop put him at the back of the grid. He eventually finished a lap down in 15th place.
While Fernando Alonso in the lead Ferrari finished on the podium, Kimi Raikkonen languished in a disappointing ninth place, nearly a minute behind his Spanish teammate.
Daniil Kvyat took the final scoring points position while his teammate Jean Eric Vergne, who qualified ahead, took 12th at the chequered flag.
It was utterly disappointing day for McLaren with both their cars lapped and finishing outside of top 10. After the double podium in Australia, the Woking squad has only gone backwards. Jenson Button suggested yesterday that the car’s slow pace was because lack of downforce.
Finally, Romain Grosjean looked set to break into points for the first time this season, until a gearbox problem forced him into retirement. Pastor Maldonado in the other Lotus finished 14th.