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F1 POLL: Driver of the Day: Chinese GP

A new winner, action through the field, two-stop versus three-stop strategies... The Chinese GP had it all, but who was the class of field in round three of the 2012 F1 world championship?
Something of a slow burner, the Chinese Grand Prix came alive in its second half, with action throughout the field as drivers battled for points.

One man reigned supreme, however, and it wasn't the one many expected as Nico Rosberg made the most of his maiden F1 pole position, made his tyres last and made light of suggestions that his pace only came courtesy of Mercedes' controversial DRS system to cross the line first, some 20 seconds ahead of the field.

McLaren, which had been favourite to win despite starting fifth and seventh, came through to complete the podium, although Jenson Button had a legitimate victory shot scuppered by problems at his final pit-stop.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, overcame the five-place penalty slapped on him after qualifying - after McLaren was forced to change his gearbox - to transform seventh on the grid into another third at the flag. He now heads the world championship standings by two points from team-mate Button.

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel completed the top five after another frustrating showing for Red Bull, although the German battled gamely after qualifying only eleventh, his worst Saturday showing since Brazil 2009.

Romain Grosjean upheld Lotus honour after team-mate Kimi Raikkonen saw a spirited run in second place ended by tyre wear problems on a two-stop strategy and tumbled out of the points in the final few laps. The Frenchman, meanwhile, held on to finish sixth and claim not only his best result, but also his first F1 points.

Williams was back in the points, this time with both drivers as Bruno Senna addeded seventh place to the sixth he achieved in Malaysia and team-mate Pastor Maldonado finally managed to get beyond the penultimate lap in 2012 and open his account after a typical 'fighting' performance.

Fernando Alonso kept Ferrari's points haul ticking over in ninth spot, while Kamui Kobayashi rounded out the scorers in tenth, albeit disappointed not to have made more of his second row starting position.

As always, there will be others worthy of mention - Michael Schumacher for his front row starting position, perhaps - so this is your chance to 'have your say'....

We have compiled a short-list - in alphabetical order - for voting on - Simply CLICK HERE to cast your vote - but feel free to leave your comments below, whether you agree or disagree....

Related Pictures

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15.04.2012 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
15.04.2012 - Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
13.04.2012 - Free Practice 1, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34
14.02.2012 - Free practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
14.02.2012 - Free practice 3, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
15.04.2012 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
14.04.2012 - Qualifying, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
15.04.2012 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
15.04.2012 - Race,  Podium 1st Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03, 2nd Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27, 3rd Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 with Norbert Haug (GER), Mercedes Motorsport chief
15.04.2012 - Race, Start of The Race
Lewis Hamilton and The Stig
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H

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eeyong - Unregistered

April 16, 2012 12:11 PM

while nico drove a flawless race both button and hamilton had to prove their mettle by fighting their way through the pack.a most entertaining race.

ZAK. - Unregistered

April 16, 2012 11:24 AM

I was impressed by most drivers yesterday but pleased to see Senna grabbing more points for Williams what a turnaround after the barren sesons before.

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