After a surprise result at Sepang, normal proceedings resumed in China with Mercedes securing a dominant one-two finish led by defending world champion Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel drove well to record his third consecutive podium finish while Kimi Raikkonen was classified a disappointed fourth in the sister Ferrari.
Away from the limelight, Romain Grosjean opened his point accounts with a strong seventh place finish for Lotus, ahead of both Red Bull and Sauber drivers.
We separate the chaff from the grain in the list of top five drivers from the 2015 Chinese Grand Prix below. Special mention goes to Max Verstappen who was comfortably racing in the points, before an engine failure brought his day to a premature end.
Lewis Hamilton comfortably led the Chinese Grand Prix from start to finish - including the second stint where he slowed down considerably to the frustration of Nico Rosberg - to record his second victory in three races. With Rosberg failing to mount a challenge despite starting alongside on the front of the grid, Hamilton strengthened his status as the title favourite.
But more importantly, the Brit continued to show his ruthless nature, which as history would attest, is a prerequisite for becoming a multiple world champion. Hamilton has long dreamt of emulating his childhood hero Ayrton Senna’s record of three drivers titles. And that’s exactly what you need to stay at the forefront of F1. Besides talent and a quick car(and engine, eh, power unit), of course.
In a matter of three races, Sebastian Vettel has proved that his ability behind the wheels was a major factor in him notching four consecutive world titles.
After his impressive victory in hot conditions of Shanghai, Vettel was driving a car that was only the second quickest in the field. And to become a cause of worry for one of the Mercedes driver(Rosberg) was a major achievement on his part.
It would have been interesting to see how he would have fended off Kimi Raikkonen in equal machinery, had safety car not intervened in the closing stages of the race.
After a disappointing Saturday afternoon where he qualified behind the two Williams drivers, Kimi Raikkonen stormed through the field on the opening lap, moving up to fourth place in a matter of few corners.
During the latter part of the race, the Finn set about a challenge to reel in Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel(he had closed the gap to just 1.4 seconds), before safety car hindered his aspirations.
Nevertheless, a fourth place result with a car that offers a much more suitable front end gives an indication of what is to come from the iceman.
A good getaway off the line propelled Romain Grosjean ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr in seventh place - a position he retained when the chequered flag was dropped on lap 56.
The Frenchman chose the medium tyres as his ‘prime’ rubber , en route to Lotus’ first points finish of the season.
The 28 year would need more standout results and get the best out of the machinery at his disposal to land a seat that will fulfil the dream of every single F1 driver: to become a world champion.
Amid talks of Valtteri Bottas being the future of the Williams squad, Felipe Massa reiterated that the the fire inside him is yet to smother as he took a superb fifth place result at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Massa outqualified Bottas by two tenths off a second on Saturday and stayed ahead at all times during the race - with both being put on the same strategy. Before the safety car intervened, the gap between the duo stood at a mammoth 10 seconds in the favour of the Brazilian.