April 25, 2010

2010 F1 Chinese Grand Prix Review

Jenson Button after winning 2010 Chinese Grand Prix.
Photo by Clive Mason / Getty Images.

This 2010 Chinese Grand Prix Review post contains a list of title linked Formula1.com entries for followers of Formula One racing. The race was run in off and on rainy conditions in Shanghai, China last Sunday (April 18, 2010), but that didn't hamper the high profile driving drama one bit. In fact, it only led to much more.

Since I never got around to compiling a preview list, anyone who needs to see who the experts were picking to win before the race started should read the articles posted at Formula1.com in the days leading up to the event. Spoilers alert! Spoilers alert! Yeah, they were looking for Germany's Sebastian Vettel to win the race in his Red Bull Renault ... Again! After getting it wrong for the first two, they finally got it right in Malaysia, the third event of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship Season.

But how did race number four end up? Check out the qualifying analysis through post race review items below, and see how McLaren - Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button became the winner. Even if you watched the race, you might learn a few previously undisclosed details.

Qualifying analysis - can anyone stop Red Bull?
Posted at Formula1.com on April 17, 2010

Red Bull dominated qualifying in Shanghai on Saturday, with Sebastian Vettel taking pole position ahead of team mate Mark Webber. Behind the Red Bull duo, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg and McLaren’s Jenson Button made up the top five. We take a team-by-team look at how all the runners performed...

Race - Button and McLaren spring Shanghai surprise
Posted at Formula1.com on April 18, 2010

Jenson Button won a nail-biting Chinese Grand Prix for McLaren on Sunday afternoon, with team mate Lewis Hamilton chasing him home second after a race of many parts.

It began with light rain, a jump start by Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari and an incident in the first corner when Vitantonio Liuzzi spun his Force India into Kamui Kobayashi’s BMW Sauber and Sebastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso, bringing out the safety car...

Chinese Grand Prix - selected team & driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com on April 18, 2010

Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi on his first lap spin, collision, and retirement; McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on their pit-lane tussle; and Jenson Button on his second victory from the first four races for new team McLaren. All 24 drivers, and senior team personnel, report back on Sunday’s race...

FIA post-race press conference - China
Posted at Formula1.com on April 18, 2010

1st Jenson Button (McLaren), 1h46m42.163s; 2nd Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 1h46m43.693s; 3rd Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 1h46m51.647s.

Q: Jenson, what a race. Another great call for tyres at the start, a safety car re-start for you to control and then some heart-stopping moments in the final laps.
Jenson Button: I mean the safety car for clearing debris off the circuit was just... I had my heart in my mouth when that happened as I just did not know what was going to happen. We had built up such a good gap and then, unfortunately, everyone else caught up, so it made it very tricky. At the end of the race when we put the inters on, the new set, I felt really good. The car felt great and I wasn’t pushing the tyres too much. I could see I was pulling a gap...

Jenson Button Q&A: China win ‘very special’
Posted at Formula1.com on April 18, 2010

Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix saw a one-two victory, but not from the team that most had expected. For McLaren’s Jenson Button it was the second triumph of the season, making him the only driver so far to score a double win in 2010. For a man who some suggested was ‘the wrong’ champion last year, the satisfaction of proving those doubters wrong must be huge...

China analysis - McLaren throw down the gauntlet
Posted at Formula1.com on April 19, 2010

The Chinese Grand Prix went against the expectations of most, as McLaren turned the tables on Red Bull just when they needed to. We’ll never know whether Button and Hamilton would have threatened the podium had the changeable weather not intervened, but the Woking team - who now lead both championships - made all the right calls and their dominant one-two left front-row starters Vettel and Webber scratching their heads and wondering what might have been. We take a team-by-team look at how the Shanghai race played out...

Shanghai debrief with Renault's Eric Boullier
Posted at Formula1.com on April 19, 2010

Renault enjoyed a strong showing during the Chinese Grand Prix, with both of the French team’s drivers finishing in the points. Following Sunday's race in Shanghai, team principal Eric Boullier discusses how the weekend unfolded for team mates Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov...

Ferrari play down Alonso-Massa China duel
Posted at Formula1.com on April 20, 2010

Ferrari have moved to quell media reports of friction between their two drivers after Fernando Alonso’s opportunistic pass on Felipe Massa as the pair entered the pit lane during Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

The move cost Massa a place and forced him to wait while his team mate’s car was serviced, dropping the Brazilian further down the order. Massa ultimately finished ninth to Alonso’s fourth, losing his lead in the drivers’ championship in the process, but after the race both men played down the incident...

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