Nico Rosberg has won his third straight Grand Prix this year and sixth Grand Prix in a row after winning the Chinese Grand Prix yesterday.Roseberg finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel in second and Daniil Kvyat in third position.Current world champion and fellow Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finished in seventh position.
It doesn’t look good though for Hamilton.Rosberg became just the fourth man in the history of the sport to win six consecutive races. On the previous nine occasions that a driver has won the season’s first three races, all went on to win the championship that season.A puncture for Daniel Ricciardo was a blessing and a curse for Hamilton. The Australian had passed Rosberg at the start but his blowout on lap three effectively handed the race to the German, who cruised by the Red Bull and never looked back.It did, however, afford Hamilton the opportunity to pit twice in as many laps under the safety car. He ran the short-living supersoft tyres for a single lap in an attempt to make fewer stops later on.Hamilton started from the back, suffered a broken front wing on lap one and did five pit stops.The Briton faces the prospect of trying to overhaul a 36-point deficit in the remaining 18 races of the season.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel came second despite colliding with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen on the first lap.The incident damaged both cars, with Raikkonen fighting back to fifth behind the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.
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Hamilton spoke after the race saying “I don’t have any more jokers available.’Hamilton got off to the perfect start, passing three of the lesser lights before he had got to the first corner. ‘Trust it to happen when I’m dead last,’ he said.”It was a rollercoaster ride, a pretty horrifying race really. There were some positives, I got a good start, great overtaking. I can still overtake! I ultimately wasn’t able to show all my ability in terms of pure pace because of the damaged car.
“It’s been a fantastic few days for me,” said Rosberg. “It was an almost perfect weekend and I’m a very happy man”.Hamilton overhauled Rosberg’s 29-point lead on his way to a second world title two years ago by winning six races in a row. He surely needs something similar now.”It’s not a nice feeling”, he said. “It probably feels worse (than 2014) because it’s been just one negative after the other. I definitely don’t feel the dark cloud I’ve had over me in the past right now”.