Our Russian rookie, Daniil Kvyat continued his strong start to the season here in Shanghai, with another point in the bag for tenth place. It’s his third top ten finish from four race starts. Toro Rosso team-mate, Jean-Eric Vergne, paid the penalty for a slow getaway, as he dropped from ninth on the grid to thirteenth, one spot behind Daniil, on the opening lap, before eventually coming home in twelfth place.
Jev got overtaken by Button but by lap 11, Daniil and Jev were eighth and ninth respectively and on lap 14, the Russian made his first tyre stop, followed next time round by Jev. Like everyone except Magnussen in the McLaren, the Toro Rosso duo had started on the Soft Pirelli and that’s what Jev again fitted at his first stop, while Daniil went on Medium, which dropped them back to twelfth and thirteenth. Daniil managed to pass Button’s McLaren, with Jev in close attendance until they made their second and final stops: Kvyat fitted new Mediums on lap 31 and Vergne took on an old set of the same compound on lap 32. The run of pit stops had seen Button again get ahead of Jev, but Daniil was fighting off the Englishman from lap 38 onwards and kept him at bay to the chequered flag.
And speaking of the flag, whoever was in charge of waving it did so too early, at the end of lap 55 instead of lap 56. Therefore, the race classification had to be reset, based on the order at the end of lap 54. This would not please Caterham, as it was on the real final lap that their driver Kamui Kobayashi passed Jules Bianchi in the Marussia, for 17th spot.
At the front, Mercedes continued its clean sweep of wins this season, Lewis Hamilton recording his third consecutive victory, again in front of team-mate Nico Rosberg. Ferrari appears to have made some progress, as Fernando Alonso visited the podium for the first time since Brazil last year, with a strong drive to third place.
Formula 1 now takes its longest break of the season so far, with two blank weekends before action resumes in Spain. It marks the start of the European part of the season and should see all the teams bringing significant updates to the Circuit de Catalunya for Round 5 of the World Championship.