The 2013 Chinese GP was Fernando Alonso’s 200th race start and it went a lot better than his 200th race a few weeks ago in Malaysia. Alonso won the race from 3rd on the grid, his 31st race win and 10th for Ferrari.
Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton were also on the podium but some way behind Alonso. Alonso’s 100th race start came at the 2007 Italian Grand Prix, he won the race ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen, sound familiar? The win was Alonso’s 31st, bringing him level on wins with the 1992 Williams champion Nigel Mansell.
Adrian Sutil wasn’t particularly lucky in China, he had an early tap with teammate di Resta and then later on hit from behind by Esteban Gutiérrez, knocking his rear wing quite badly and causing him to retire for the 30th time in his career. Another race without any points scored for the rookies, Gutiérrez retired from the crash, and as a result has a 5 place grid penalty for Bahrain. Bottas finished 13th in the disappointing Williams, just ahead of Maldonado.
Webber didn’t have the best of luck either, started from the pit lane, looked to be on a great strategy for some solid points until he crashed, his wheel came off after stopping and he has a grid penalty for Bahrain. Pastor Maldonado finished a race for the first time this season, he retired in Malaysia with KERS issues and spun in the gravel in Australia.
In the Drivers’ Championship Daniel Ricciardo has rocketed up from 21st to 11th after his best F1 finish of 7th place. Vettel still leads the Championship while Webber (now 6th) and Alonso (3rd) switched places. Kimi Räikkönen is still 2nd in the Drivers’ and Bianchi the leader of the two new teams.