Unfortunately the problem was much worse for Nico Rosberg than it had been for Hamilton, meaning that there would be no repeat joy last year's Chinese GP race winner - who this time ended his race early back in the Mercedes garage after 21 laps.
"I had an unexpected level of understeer which made it difficult to drive," explained Rosberg later. "After my second pit stop, the feeling got worse and I had one front wheel in the air during the corners. The rear anti-roll bar, which influences the balance of the car, had broken so unfortunately we had to retire the car.
"It's a shame and I've had a difficult start to the season with two DNFs," he said. "But it's good to have the next race in just seven days time so hopefully we can put this result behind us with a strong weekend in Bahrain.
And in the meantime he had to be content sharing in the team's success with Hamilton. "It was great for the team to get another podium today," he said.