China GP round-up: Webber, Vettel and more have their say

Nico Rosberg

In this weekend's round-up, Mark Webber describes the race as "utter chaos", Sebastian Vettel rues a lack of straight-line speed and Lewis Hamilton pats his friend Nico Rosberg on the back after his debut win.

Webber enjoyed a good battle with Red Bull team-mate Vettel in the Chinese Grand Prix, coming out on top with an audacious move on the last lap.

"It was different strategies playing against each other - utter chaos," said Webber.

"The difference between fourth and fifth is not massive between team-mates, it was just a few more points that was all."

Mark Webber

Vettel was understandably dispondent after dropping from second to fifth in the dying laps.

"I had no tyres left at the end of the race," said Vettel. "Sitting in the car, I was reacting with brake balance, diff, everything to try and keep the tyres.

"We were generally too slow on the straights, and we're losing time there; it made it difficult to pass other people.

"But overall, I'm pretty happy with fifth given the poor first lap. I missed out on the start."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who led the championship coming to China after winning in Malaysia, was downbeat ahead of next weekend's race in Bahrain after a low-key ninth place finish.

"Obviously, this does not leave me very optimistic for Bahrain, on a track where traction and speed are vital, exactly the areas where we are weakest," said Alonso.

Championship leader Hamilton, who raced with Rosberg in the formulae leading up to Formula 1, wasn't surprised by the German's mooted celebrations.

"I don't know if he fully understands how happy I am for him," said Hamilton. "But it's special to have your first grand prix win and first pole.

"I was over the moon when I won mine [first race]. He seems very chilled, but that's always been his demeanour and his whole approach.

"Back in the day when we used to finish at the back, he used to be chilled about it. When we used to win he would be chilled about it. He's chilled all the time."

Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi started the race hopeful of becoming only the third Japanese driver to finish on the podium when he started third, but a bad start cost him dear.

"I'm not really sure what happened at the start, my car just didn't move. It was a bit strange and I lost positions immediately.

"Quite often we have recovered in the race from a bad qualifying, but on Sunday it was the other way round.

"So we have proven we can be strong in both qualifying and race, and next time we will put this all together."

While Rosberg took the spoils for Mercedes, his team-mate Michael Schumacher didn't have so much success, retiring on lap 12.

"My right front tyre got loose following my first pit stop," said the seven-time world champion. "As I did not want to cause any bigger damage to the car, I stopped on the grass.

"Up until then I had a controlled race I'd say, keeping the others behind me and the tyres together.

"Of course, this was an unfortunate ending to what could have been a nice race... but we all know that's part of the game."

Paul di Resta, who finished out of the points for the first time this season in 12th, rued the Force India's lack of pace.

"We expected a bit more pace, but we just weren't quick enough to make up ground," said Di Resta.

"It was a bit like Australia in that respect. We go away from here very close. But when you are close but not in the points, it's not good enough."

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