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2012 Chinese Grand Prix and a new race winner

While the world is debating about the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix, I have yet to publish this post as only now I can put words to this exciting 2012 F1 season. So, where are we? yes, the third round of the season and we have a new race winner!

Three different races with varying conditions and we now have three different race winners. Jenson Button won Australia, Fernando Alonso won Malaysia and now Nico Rosberg wins the Chinese Grand Prix in a dominant performance that saw Mercedes at the top of its game.

Actually Rosberg secured pole position and won the race with +20.626 seconds over 2nd place Jenson Button. Lewis Hamilton came in third place. Here are the top 10:

  1. Nico Rosberg / Mercedes
  2. Jenson Button / McLaren
  3. Lewis Hamilton / McLaren
  4. Mark Webber / RedBull
  5. Sebastian Vettel / RedBull
  6. Romain Grosjean / Lotus
  7. Bruno Senna / Williams
  8. Pastor Maldonado / Williams
  9. Fernando Alonso / Ferrari
  10. Kamui Kobayashi / Sauber

There was only 1 DNF in the race and unfortunately it was Michael Schumacher that started at the front row but a wheel nut issue (after his first pitstop) caused him to retire of the race… too bad, he could have being in the podium, which could have marked his return to winning form at Mercedes… mama mia!

So the big question again? what is the pecking order? Well it took 2 races for Mercedes to figure out how to dial-in with the Pirelli tires. On the other hand, the Shanghai International Circuit has a very long straight which definetely supports the Mercedes car configuration. But on the other hand, McLarens are fairly competitive at each race with Hamilton coming third place in all three races so far and he is also leading the championship table. Interesting too is that Mark Webber finished fourth place in all three races too.

So based on what we have seen the pecking order is as follows:

  1. McLaren: Button won Australia, Hamilton 3rd place in all three races so far. Very consistent in varying circuits and weather conditions.
  2. RedBull: Vettel 2nd place Australia, Webber 4th place in all three races so far.
  3. Mercedes: Took 2 races to dial-in, now they are in winning form, can they maintain it? if they win in Bahrain, they will definetely be number the car to beat. They are not first yet just because of Australia and Malaysia.
  4. Lotus, Williams, Sauber or Ferrari? Lotus has the qualifying speed but both Williams and Sauber are more gentle with the tires, while Ferrari won Malaysia but under atypical weather conditions with the Alonso factor in their car.
  5. Toro Rosso verus Force India: it is clear that they are ahead of Caterham, Marussia or HRT but can they do better.
  6. Caterhan, Marussia and HRT: They have to do better, but can they?

Before we finish, I included a picture (sorry for the low quality) of how close Fernando Alonso is racing against Pastor Maldonado and Kamui Kobayashi, definitely very close. This picture should give nightmares to Ferrari in their way to recovery.

Maldonado Alonso Kobayashi close racing at 2012 Chinese Grand Prix

Well, all for now, We hope that race in Bahrain can go ahead!

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