Chinese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend. Source: AP/heraldsun.com.au
Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix last year. Source: AP/heraldsun.com.au
Nico Rosberg  scored the first and only race win of Formula One career at the Chinese Grand Prix last year and will be hoping to that a return to the Shanghai International Circuit will see him bag his second on Sunday afternoon. The 27 year-old German stunned everyone by qualifying more than half a second faster than Briton Lewis Hamilton  in 2012 but showed that it was no fluke by going on to win the race by more than 20 seconds ahead of McLaren driver Jenson Button .

McLaren has enjoyed success at this event in recent times, with Button’s 2010 victory the second of three since 2008 for the British based team, who also tasted success at Shanghai with Hamilton in 2008 and 2011. Since the inception of this race in 2004, Hamilton is the only driver to win the race more than once, with Sebastian Vettel  and Fernando Alonso  others amongst the current crop to have won here.

Vettel controversially won the Malaysian Grand Prix last month when passing teammate Mark Webber in the dying stages and leads the 2013 driver’s championship ahead of Kimi Raikkonen , who claimed the top spot on the podium at the season opening Australian Grand Prix. Despite winning here in 2005, the Finn may struggle if the circuit is as damp as it was when he could finish only seventh in Malaysia, but unfortunately for him, there have been wet conditions in two of the past four races in Shanghai.

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