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Summary

  1. Hamilton defends himself after Rosberg accuses him of deliberately slowing him down
  2. Briton says: "I'm not really quite sure what his problem is"
  3. Hamilton wins, Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd, Raikkonen 4th, Massa 5th
  4. Button and Maldonado crash after battling for position
  5. Bottas 6th, Grosjean 7th, Nasr 8th, Ricciardo 9th, Ericsson 10th
  6. Hulkenberg, Kvyat, Maldonado, Verstappen out

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodbye

Ok, we're going to wrap up our live text commentary now. Thank you as always for your company today and for your many contributions.

We've maybe not witnessed a classic Chinese Grand Prix but there's plenty to rake over as the always fractious Hamilton-Rosberg relationship takes yet another twist.

Keep an eye on the website throughout the day for more news and analysis of the Mercedes fallout. And don't forget the highlights show is on BBC One from 14:00 BST.

We're back in just a few days' time with the fourth round of the season in Bahrain.

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Malcolm Shields: It's so pathetic this 'handbags saga' between Lewis and Rosberg. Put your toys back boys, shut up and race. Enough.

Sam McAllister: Disappointed that Nico Rosberg has become so sour, finding excuses. It's sport. If you don't win, dust off and try harder.

Reece Young: Shoe on the other foot Hamilton would have attacked and passed Rosberg - difference between a World Champion and a good driver.

Penalty for Button

Jenson Button has been penalised five seconds, dropping him to 14th place, following his collision with Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado.

The McLaren driver ran into the back of the Venezuelan as the pair scrapped for 13th place.

Button also receives penalty points on his superlicence.

You can watch footage of the incident here.

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Wa-waaaah

china
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Here's a picture of the marshals doing a Laurel & Hardy as they tried time and time again to push Verstappen's car through the pitwall, to ironic cheers from the Chinese crowd in the main start-finish stand.

When is a crash not a crash?

When the owner of

hasmaldonadocrashedtoday.com/ says so, it seems...

We've been keeping a keen eye out for the website to update from NO to YES, only to be found wanting.

But now

Alex Gillon has got in touch with a new definition.

He says: "I define a 'crash' as contact that instantly ends a car's session. The Chinese Grand Prix was right on the limit, but since they were both able to drive away, I decided it was more of an 'assisted spin'."

That clears that up... thanks Alex.

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That's not a crash... THAT'S a crash!

Andrew Benson on Hamilton-Rosberg row

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"It is the latest in a series of flash points that have tested the relationship between the two drivers, especially since the team became the sport's pace-setters at the start of last year."

Read more here.

Watch: Lewis Hamilton interview

You can see what Lewis Hamilton has been saying in the war of words with Nico Rosberg by

clicking here.

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Sauber on Twitter: F1 needs MoreCowbell - in fact, F1 needs more Blue Cowbell :-)

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Button on his crash with Maldonado

McLaren driver Jenson Button: "I can't say too much until I watch it on the footage. A lot of times it is very different in the car than on the screen. I have to watch it first.

"It is better than what we expected our race pace to be around here but we are still right at the back."

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Quick stat among the acrimony

Lewis Hamilton's performance this weekend marks the seventh time in his career he has completed the hat-trick of pole, fastest lap and race win, putting him level alongside Alberto Ascari and his hero Ayrton Senna.

Ayrton Senna
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Alberto Ascari
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Tracie Louise: Really tho... Is he that daft that he can't see that if he'd pushed harder he could challenge Lewis? Its always someone else's fault.

Andrea Skyring: At the end of the day Lewis Hamilton drove to win the race. Saving tyres or fuel. As far as I can see, no compromise took place.

Paul Alexander Grant: Nico has become a poor loser, many times last season we heard the team to Lewis to hold 2 second gap. Lewis ignored it & beat him.

This subject has really got you guys going. Keep your comments coming in via #bbcf1. Anyone going to come down on Rosberg's side in this? Anyone?

Fernando Alonso on Twitter: Good race finishing with both cars!! Nice and helpful information for us! Another step! Soon...

Fernando Alonso
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Hamilton caused 'unnecessary risk' - Rosberg

Here's some more from Nico Rosberg: "It was always very close with Sebastian Vettel coming out of the pits and that was completely unnecessary risk to put me in because we had a pace advantage over him.

"But we were taking it so easy in that stage of the race that he (Vettel) was right behind me, putting me under pressure and went to try to get me in the pit stops.

"It didn't compromise the team result but put unnecessary risk to the one-two and we went through that scenario before the race, which is frustrating.

"We'll have a discussion and see how it goes. I'll let you know."

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
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Meanwhile....

The 'Has Pastor Maldonado crashed?' website has still not updated.

Disappointing.

http://hasmaldonadocrashedtoday.com
http://hasmaldonadocrashedtoday.com

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Geoffrey Groom: Incredible drivers out there, it's not unreasonable to get frustrations emerging, that's the name of the perfection game!

Nick Mallard: Oh Nico stop whining! You might actually get something done if you concentrated on racing for a change!

Leigh Pavey: So funny, even Lewis Hamilton was laughing at him. This smacks of someone who doesn't know how to beat his team-mate.

'He was just thinking about himself and that says it all'

We've heard Lewis Hamilton's side of the argument, here's what Nico Rosberg's had to say: "He (Hamilton) compromised my race massively at the time because the best possible race for Lewis was to back me off into Vettel so that Vettel would try to undercut me with an early pit stop.

"Then I would have to cover him and then I would have such a long stint at the end of the race that I would be without a chance.

"That was very frustrating that Lewis was taking at easy as that on the tyres at the beginning of the stint. Interestingly, he said he was just thinking about himself and that says it all.

"What upsets me is that my race was massively compromised and we went through that scenario before the race."

Nico Rosberg finishes second at the Chinese Grand Prix
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A new rift in Hamilton-Rosberg relations

Well the race is over but is the big story just beginning?

There's some serious needle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after that race, with claim and counter-claim being kicked about between the two Mercedes drivers.

Rosberg's claims of being backed up by Hamilton into the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel during the middle stint of the race have been flatly rejected by the double world champion.

Certainly the gap between the top four did come down dramatically in that middle stint, with Hamilton's advantage to fourth-placed Kimi Raikkonen down to 3.5secs at one stage, with Rosberg and Vettel pinched in between.

We'll have all the reaction to this story on this page, while you can also read

Andrew Benson's race report here.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
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Ed Yarnold: If Rosberg is unhappy about being held up, maybe he should try and overtake Hamilton during the race rather than moan afterwards

James Weir: It sounds like Nico Rosberg has realised that last year was probably his only chance at becoming World Champion

The Pob: Situation with Merc drivers is down to the team having equal driver status. I would always have No1 & 2. No issues then.

Hamilton responds to Rosberg claim

Lewis Hamilton responds to claims by Nico Rosberg that he was 'backing up' his team-mate during the race: "It is absolutely not the case. I wasn't really looking in my mirrors and I wasn't trying to back Nico up to Sebastian.

"If he wanted to get close and overtake he could have done. He was always about four or five seconds behind.

"He never got close so I don't know what his problem is. I did what they asked me to do. There shouldn't be too much aggro."

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Chinese Grand Prix
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James Allen

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Some tense words between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in FIA press conference about the "backing up" incident in second stint.

Podium record for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton on the podium in 2007
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Today's result means Lewis Hamilton has now finished on the podium for the 10th consecutive race - the longest run of his career.

His previous best run of nine straight came in the first nine races of his career, at McLaren in 2007.

The Briton has also now passed fellow British world champions Jackie Stewart (1,921) and Jim Clark (1,942) on the all-time laps led list.

Jim Clark in his championship-winning Lotus in 1963
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Sir Jackie Stewart in his 1973 Tyrell
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Constructor standings after three rounds

1 Mercedes 119

2 Ferrari 79

3 Williams 48

4 Sauber 19

5 Red Bull 13

Lewis Hamilton pats his car after winning the Chinese Grand Prix
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6 Toro Rosso 12

7 Force India 7

8 Lotus 6

9 McLaren 0

10 Manor 0

Seventh safety car finish in F1 history

Today's result marks the seventh time an F1 race has finished under a safety car.

The first occasion was at the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix (below).

A lengthy gap followed before the second at Australia 2009, since when we've seen them at Italy 2009, Monaco 2010, Brazil 2012 and Canada 2014.

Mika Hakkinen wins at Canada in 1999 under the safety car
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Championship standings after three rounds

Lewis Hamilton lifts his trophy after victory at the Chinese Grand Prix
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1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 68

2 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 55

3 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 51

4 Felipe Massa (Williams) 30

5 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 24

6 Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 18

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Kevin: Great race..... Max Verstappen showing so much promise, must be absolutely gutted with his gearbox. Another 1-2

James Weir: Worth mentioning Lewis Hamilton took the trifecta in China. Pole, fastest lap and Win. Not a bad effort at all.

Laura Tansley: Starting to wonder if McLaren will go all season without a point. Bad for Sauber last year, unthinkable for McLaren

Podium interviews

Sebastian Vettel: "It was a good race. All-in-all we were a bit close on softer tyres to Mercedes. On the harder tyres they were just that bit too quick.

"I'm very happy. It's been three out of three podiums so it's been good. I feel really happy in the team and, hopefully, we'll get a bit closer to challenging Mercedes."

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel
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Podium interviews

Lewis Hamilton: "First of all a fantastic job by team. It was great to have a smooth weekend.

"It was about controlling the gap for me and saving tyres for when I needed them.

"The safety car wasn't helpful as it was an anti-climax but as long as no-one was hurt then that's the important thing."

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning in China
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Podium interviews

Nico Rosberg: "I gave it everything to close the gap but it didn't pay off because my tyres died off.

"We're happy with the gap to Ferrari. We have beaten them here after they won in Malaysia and it was a good important comeback."

Nico Rosberg
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Ed Moses on the podium

Double Olympic 400m hurdles champion Ed Moses is doing the podium interviews today.

It's my turn next week, then Judith Chalmers.

Full result 11-20

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Full result - 1-10

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Handshakes all round

All very cordial between the top three as they wait to go on to the podium.

Handshakes all round between Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel, who is heard talking about an "anti-climax".

Mercedes team radio

Mercedes engineer: "Great stuff Lewis, stellar weekend."

Lewis Hamilton: "Whoop, yeah man."

Lewis Hamilton
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Final positions

So, Lewis Hamilton wins ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg with the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in third.

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen comes home in fourth ahead of Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

The Lotus of Romain Grosjean is seventh, ahead of Sauber's Felipe Nasr, the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and the second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.

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More Shanghai joy for Hamilton

That's a fourth Shanghai win for Lewis Hamilton - the 35th of his career overall - and extends his lead at the top of the world championship.

Chequered flag

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE CHINESE GRAND PRIX.

Lewis Hamilton
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Verstappen out

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"Max Verstappen's rear axle has locked so probably a gearbox issue. A disappointment but another strong performance from Max."

Max Verstappen
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Mercedes team radio

Lewis Hamilton: "So we're going to finish behind the safety car are we?"

LAP 55 of 56

Race is ending amid high farce.

They cannot get that Toro Rosso shifted from the grid.

The field, led by Hamilton, files slowly past the stricken car of Verstappen and on to the last lap.

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James Stevenson: Aww! Max Verstappen would have been my driver of the day. He'd got into the probably the best position possible today. Great drive.

Gareth Jones: Max ver-stopping

Srihari: Gutted for #verstappen another brilliant drive. A future world champion in the making

Max Verstappen
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