Jenson Button came through to win the Chinese Grand Prix today and take his second win of the F1 2010 season after another bold call on tyres gave him the edge at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Button eventually came home just 1.5 seconds ahead of his McLaren team-mate, Lewis Hamilton after a dramatic race, with the weather spicing up proceedings just like it had done in Australia - and to a lesser extent in Malaysia two weeks ago, when of course qualifying was disrupted by precipitation.

The rain arrived just before the start, but was only heavy enough to make teams think about switching to intermediate tyres.

At the off Fernando Alonso moved up from third to pass both the Red Bull's and seize the early lead, but only after jumping the start. He was later handed a drive-through by the stewards. Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel also lost out to Mark Webber and so found himself in third at the end of the opening lap.

There was drama further down the order however, and Vitantonio Liuzzi got it wrong at turn 6 spinning out and collecting Sebastien Buemi and Kamui Kobayashi. All three retired on the spot. That incident brought out the first safety car and a number of runners opted to pit to switch to intermediates, including Alonso and the Red Bulls.

Button, however, was among the few to opt to remain on slicks, along with Nico Rosberg and the Renault's of Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov.

In the early stages Rosberg led Button by around 2-4 seconds, but after running wide at turn 11 on lap 19, when the rain returned, Nico lost the initiative and JB seized P1.

Further down the order, those that had switched to inters, found that the decision was wrong and were soon back in to change back to slicks. As a result Vettel, Webber and Hamilton and co all found they were along way back, and by the time Button went into the lead were 50 seconds or so adrift.

With a second rain shower hitting the track intermediates were required proper for the first time however, and having built up a good lead, Button had enough of a lead to stop and still re-join at the front.

No sooner had he done so though and the safety car was deployed for a second time after Jaime Alguersuari lost his front nose, a result of contact with Adrian Sutil a few laps before.

On the re-start on lap 26, Button backed up the pack and there was chaos further back, with Webber pushed off the road by Hamilton. Button maintained his place at the front though and gradually began to pull away from Rosberg, with Hamilton having fought his way back to be third by lap 29.

Hamilton sliced his way through the field getting by Michael Schumacher on lap 26, and then Petrov on the following lap, and a few laps later also getting the jump on Kubica.

The drama didn't stop there though and all the runners had to stop again for fresh intermediates around lap 36.

Webber and Schumacher were the first to gamble, having dropped down the order, with Hamilton following on lap 38 and Button on lap 39. Rosberg also waited until lap 39, and as a result was jumped by Hamilton.

The final section of the race saw Button head Hamilton to the flag, although it was by no means stress free and while Button pulled out a nice cushion, it evaporated near the end when he went wide at turn 14 on near bald rubber.

By this time though, Hamilton was also having problems - along with most of the other runners on track - and Jenson held on to take his second win of the season and repeat his Melbourne victory from round two.

The result puts him top in the drivers' championship, with 60 points, while Rosberg is now second on 50 and Hamilton and Alonso joint third on 49. The 1-2 for McLaren also moves the Woking-based outfit to the top of the constructors' with 109 points to the 90 notched up by Ferrari.

Alonso was the best placed Ferrari at the flag in fourth, unable to pass Rosberg, who held on to take the final spot on the podium for Mercedes. It was his second rostrum result incidentally in as many races.

After that, Kubica came in fifth, with pole man, Vettel a disappointing sixth, after Red Bull were one of many caught out by the changeable conditions and then a difficult second re-start.

Webber had been on course to take P7, but the Aussie was passed on the penultimate lap by Petrov. The Russian had dropped down to tenth and behind Alguersuari, before coming back and passing him on lap 46. The rookie then took care of Schumacher on lap 52 and Webber three laps later.

While Petrov gained at the end, Schumacher in contrast was unable to maintain his position, and slipped back, with Massa also going by on the final lap to steal ninth and drop the record-breaking multiple world champion to tenth.

Of the rest, Adrian Sutil eventually came home in eleventh, with Rubens Barrichello twelfth followed by Alguersuari and then Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus. Kovalainen had run as high as sixth or seventh in the early stages, when like Button and co he opted to stay on slicks. However the Finn was powerless to hold off the front runners and slipped further and further back. He at least finished as the best of the runners for the new teams however.

Nico Hulkenberg and the Hispania cars of Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok were the only other runners to make it to the flag, the latter four laps down.

Of the retirements, Jarno Trulli went out on lap 26 with hydraulic problems, while Lucas di Grassi and Pedro de la Rosa were forced out some 18 laps earlier. Kobayashi and Buemi, as mentioned earlier all went out on the opening lap, after Liuzzi lost it. Timo Glock failed to start left stranded on the grid before the formation lap and then unable to get going from the pit lane due to mechanical issues.

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