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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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  1. 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.

    Please join us.

  2. Get involved - #bbcf1

    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.

  3. 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.

    BBC
  4. Wa-waaaah

    china

    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.

  5. 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.

    Getty Images
    Image caption: That's not a crash... THAT'S a crash!
  6. 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.

  7. Watch: Lewis Hamilton interview

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

    BBC
  8. Post update

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

    cowbells
  9. 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."

    Jenson Button
  10. 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
    Alberto Ascari
  11. Get involved - #bbcf1

    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?

  12. Post update

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

    Fernando Alonso
  13. 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
  14. Meanwhile....

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

    Disappointing.

    http://hasmaldonadocrashedtoday.com
  15. Get involved - #bbcf1

    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.

  16. '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
  17. 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
  18. Get involved - #bbcf1

    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.

  19. 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
  20. Post update

    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.

  21. Podium record for Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton on the podium in 2007

    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
    Sir Jackie Stewart in his 1973 Tyrell
  22. 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

    6 Toro Rosso 12

    7 Force India 7

    8 Lotus 6

    9 McLaren 0

    10 Manor 0

  23. 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
  24. Championship standings after three rounds

    Lewis Hamilton lifts his trophy after victory at the Chinese Grand Prix

    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

  25. Get involved - #bbcf1

    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

  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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.

  30. Full result 11-20

    BBC
  31. Full result - 1-10

    BBC
  32. 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".

  33. Mercedes team radio

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

    Lewis Hamilton: "Whoop, yeah man."

    Lewis Hamilton
  34. 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.

    Lewis Hamilton
  35. 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.

  36. Chequered flag

    LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE CHINESE GRAND PRIX.

    Lewis Hamilton
  37. 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
  38. Mercedes team radio

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

  39. 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.

  40. Get involved - #bbcf1

    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
  41. Just precautionary from Ferrari

    OK, the Ferrari guys are back in the garage.

    Just precautionary? Or mind games?

    Anyway, neither Vettel nor Raikkonen will be coming in.

    Sebastian Vettel
  42. Err....

    Two laps remaining under the safety car. Surely this is over.

    Ferrari mechanics are out in the pit lane though...

  43. Safety car

  44. Verstappen out!

    Big, big shame.

    Max Vertappen is out in the Toro Rosso from eight position. His second retirement from the points in three races.

    The engine has let go amid an awful grinding cacophony, locking the rear wheels and forcing him to stop on the pit straight.

  45. Maldonado out

    He's given us a lot of entertainment today but it's all been too much for his poor car. The Lotus is out, wheeled back into the garage after a hairy afternoon.

    Meanwhile, whoever runs the website really needs to update it...

    maldocrash
  46. Button-Maldonado to be investigated

    Race control confirms that clash between Button and Maldonadio will be investigated after the race.

    Jenson Button
  47. Five laps to go - top 10

    BBC
  48. Please disregard 08:25 entry in its entirety

    Just as I was singing the praises of Maldonado and Button for a good clean fight, they come together at the end of the pit straight.

    And guess what? It was not Maldonado's fault.

    Defending his position, as he had every right to do, the Lotus man was hit up the backside as Button missed his braking into turn one.

    Both cars continued but there's damage to both.

    Pastor Button crash
  49. 'Fast but wild'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was brilliant and brave from Button in his duel with Maldonado because Maldonado has shown he is fast but wild this afternoon. The racing skills of Jenson Button are fantastic."

  50. Credit where it's due...

    After a - shall we say - trying afternoon, Pastor Maldonado shows what he's capable of in a fantastic, clean duel with the McLaren of Jenson Button.

    The pair duked it out side by side through several corners before the Venezuelan moved ahead.

    Button came back to retake the place at the hairpin, while Fernando Alonso is now joining the party.

    Good scrap.

    Pastor Maldonado
  51. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Nick Bennetts: Pastor's pit lane error was probably the most entertaining moment of the race so far...

    Reece Young: How has Maldonado got a formula 1 drive? Baffling #bbcf1

    Adeel Ejaz: Will Pastor Maldonado be driving for 'any' team at all if it wasn't for the money...

  52. Ten laps to go

    On lap 46 of 56, the order is Lewis Hamilton leading Nico Rosberg 4.5secs with both drivers running to the finish.

    The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel is 16.1 secs off the lead, with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen 18.8secs of the pace.

    Felipe Massa is 46secs back in fifth ahead ahead of Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

  53. Ferrari team radio

    Kimi Raikkonen: "C'mon, get that McLaren out of the way."

    The Finn sounds frustrated as he makes his way through the backmarkers. I think he knows the podium is gone barring any retirements ahead.

    Kimi Raikkonen
  54. Kvyat vows to overcome 'difficult moments'

    Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat on his retirement: "It has been a tricky weekend and not a happy end to it.

    "It was messy at the start. I didn't have the best tyres and the other cars were faster than me. We will overcome these difficult moments."

    Daniil Kvyat
  55. Verstappen continues to impress

    Toro Rosso rookie Verstappen dives past Force India's Perez at turn six to claim eighth position.

    The Sauber of Nasr also takes Perez a the hairpin one lap later to drop the Mexican back to 10th.

    Verstappen
  56. Maldonado spins klaxon!

    Update the website.

    Maldonado has had a proper spin this time. The Venezuelan pirouettes in a cloud of tyre smoke but keeps the Lotus going.

  57. Mercedes team radio

    Lewis Hamilton: "Seat's getting hot again."

    Hamilton has had issues with an over-heating seat all weekend, caused by its proximity to the car's energy recovery system.

    Lewis Hamilton
  58. Final stops done for leaders

    Raikkonen has become the last of the top four to make his stop.

    Now that all of that has shaken out, the situation is as follows:

    Hamilton leads by 5.4secs from Rosberg with Vettel third, 5.6secs back. Raikkonen is fourth, another three seconds back.

    Massa, Bottas, Grosjean, Perez, Verstappen and Nasr complete your top 10.

  59. Fuel key to Mercedes-Ferrari duel

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "With higher fuel loads it seems Ferrari have been able to keep Mercedes honest but when it lightens they can't keep up."

    Sebastian Vettel
  60. Maldonado pit blunder

    Lotus driver Maldonado just had a moment on his way into the pits, missing his braking and running up an escape road.

    After a few flustered seconds, with marshals moving in, he finally selects reverse and boils off up the road and into the pits.

    The website asks, 'has Pastor crashed'?

    Sort of.

  61. Hamilton in at end of lap 33

    Impressive from Hamilton.

    He upped his pace when he had to at the end of his second stint and comes in at the end of lap 33 to put on new boots.

    A 2.5sec stop is completed and he's out again, some six seconds ahead of Rosberg.

  62. McLarens still in the running

    Jenson Button in action during the Chinese Grand Prix

    The McLarens are still running after half distance, which is something of an achievement. Button (pictured) is 15th, with Alonso in 13th.

  63. Ferrari team radio

    Kimi Raikkonen's engineer: "The plan is to go longer on this tyre and have a shorter stint at the end."

  64. Rosberg in before Hamilton

    Rosberg in action during the Chinese Grand Prix

    Rosberg has been losing time in the past few laps to Hamilton and pits four seconds behind Hamilton.

    He's out on the medium and will hope for an undercut, but has the damage been done?

    Rosberg comes out around two seconds ahead of Vettel.

  65. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Peter Wanyonyi: Lewis Hamilton managing his own tyres while simultaneously destroying Nico and Vettel's. Genius.

    Rob: Hamilton playing games, has plenty of lap time in hand, same from first stint can pull a 4 sec gap before first pit stop when needed.

    Clare_Star: Ha ha ha! "Lewis if you don't play nicely Papa Toto will turn off your engine and send you to bed" #bbcf1 radio message of the day so far.

  66. Second pit stops under way

    As earlier, Vettel is the first of the leading cars to come in, at the end of lap 30.

    He's on the medium tyre and needs to push now because these stops could be crucial to who wins this race.

    Sebastian Vettel
  67. Mercedes team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "My front left is becoming a problem."

  68. Hamilton 'on the naughty step'

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Lewis Hamilton has been told to increase his speed - he's been put on the naughty step. They have said if he doesn't they will pit Nico Rosberg first."

  69. Job done Ricciardo

    Ricciardo stays ahead

    After several laps of trying, Ricciardo is past Ericsson and into 11th.

  70. Ferrari team radio

    Ferrari engineer: "Can you go faster than this, Seb?

    Vettel: "Not much, I am on the limit."

    Sebastian Vettel
  71. Hulkenberg 'lost drive'

    Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg on his retirement: "I'm not sure what happened to the car. I just lost drive and had to park the car. It was an unpleasant experience.

    "It is what it is. I felt OK, not mega not great. I was surprised I could keep up with the Toro Rosso and Lotus at the start. It's disappointing."

    Hulkenberg is one of two retirements so far, Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull the other.

    Nico Hulkenberg
  72. Good scrap for 11th

    The Red Bull of Ricciardo and the Sauber of Ericsson remain locked in a good scrap for 11th place. They've come close a few times but the Swede is just about hanging on - for now.

    Who would have thought at the end of last season that Red Bull would find themselves duelling with Sauber in 2015 - a team that scored no points last year don't forget.

  73. 11-20, lap 26

    BBCS
  74. Top 10, lap 26

    BBC
  75. Sainz out! No wait, he's back in

    We just saw a very slow moving Toro Rosso piloted by Carlos Sainz.

    The rookie looked to be on his way back to the pits to retire, but a few button presses on the steering wheel seems to reset the system and he's back up to pace again.

  76. McLaren team radio

    Fernando Alonso's race engineer: "Fernando, we're not sure the fuel dash is working properly."

    Fernando Alonso
  77. 'In control' Hamilton 'managing the situation'

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "I think Lewis Hamilton is in control here. He is managing the situation but he is certainly not driving into the distance like he did 12 months ago."

    Lewis Hamilton leads the Chinese Grand Prix
  78. Mercedes team radio

    To Rosberg: "Left front most worn, rears in good condition."

  79. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Sophie Taylor: Red Bull Racing are doing a great job at showing us all why you should never, ever buy a Renault

    Stewart: Don't blame Renault. Blame Red Bull wanting the engine at unworkable angles.

  80. 'Race craft' from Verstappen

    David Coulthard on Verstappen overtaking Nasr

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It was beautiful. He is using his DRS and calmly adjusting his steering wheel. This young man certainly has race craft."

  81. Four seconds cover top four

    Have we got a race shaping up for you.

    On lap 23 of 56, the gap from Hamilton in fourth to Raikkonen in fourth is 3.8secs.

    With Rosberg and Vettel in between, this is now getting very tight.

    Ham Ros Vet
  82. Ricciardo gets it wrong

    Ricciardo's Red Bull is the latest to attempt to pass a Sauber at the end of the long back straight. He's gets it wrong though, runs off and Ericsson survives.

    Ricciardo gathers it up and continues in 12th.

  83. Mercedes team radio

    Lewis Hamilton out in front at the Chinese Grand Prix

    "Lewis, if you'd like to pick up your pace a little bit."

  84. Mercedes team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "Lewis is driving very slowly, so tell him to speed up. If I go closer I destroy my tyres like in the first stint."

    Nico Rosberg
  85. Verstappen passes Sauber #2

    Verstappen's Toro Rosso has just done a carbon-copy pass on Ericsson's Sauber team-mate Nasr.

    He again does the business at the end of the long back straight, out-braking the C34 into the hairpin.

    Into ninth he goes.

  86. Post update

    F1 on Twitter: KVYAT BLOWS UP: It's really not been his weekend. The Red Bull billows smoke after giving up on Lap 17

    Kvyat smoke
  87. Mercedes team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "Reduce the conversation ... I know what I have to do."

  88. Button passes Alonso

    The McLarens are still squabbling down the order, albeit on different strategies.

    Button has just passed Alonso for 15th place, although the Briton is on the quicker soft tyre with Alonso racing on the medium.

  89. Top 10 on lap 17

    BBC
  90. 'Long walk home'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Daniil Kvyat's retirement was an unusual one as he drove the car over to the fire warden's post. To add insult to injury, it's on the outside of the track and is a long walk home."

  91. Recap

    Lewis Hamilton leads the field at the Chinese Grand Prix.

    And Raikkonen (in the number 7 Ferrari) got past both Williams on Lap 1 to jump from sixth to fourth.

  92. Recap

    The pack during the first lap in the Chinese Grand Prix

    Hamilton had a great start after positioning his car diagonally in his grid box.

  93. Kvyat out in plume of smoke

    Kvyat's Renault engine in the back of the Red Bull has gone bang in a big way.

    Smoke and flames lick the back of the RB11, which are quickly doused by fire extinguisher foam.

    Game over and the end of a bad weekend for the Russian. It's also another blow to the already strained relationship between Red Bull and Renault.

  94. Rosberg and Raikkonen both pit

    Rosberg and Raikkonen take their stops and return to the track in their earlier positions.

    On lap 16 Hamilton leads once more. The gap is now 3.6secs.

    Vettel looks closer to Rosberg, while Raikkonen is fourth.

  95. Hamilton pits at end of lap 14

    OK, our leader is in. A 2.8sec stop for the Mercedes man and he emerges well ahead of Vettel's Ferrari.

    Rosberg now leads from Raikkonen

  96. Post update

    Red Bulls China

    F1 on Twitter have also posted a picture of Kvyat resisting Ricciardo earlier. So close.

  97. Post update

    F1 on Twitter: TIGHT! Verstappen fires down the inside of Ericsson into the hairpin to take 10th in dramatic fashion

    Chinese GP tight
  98. More softs for Vettel

    2.3sec stop for Vettel. He's doing another stint on the soft tyre.

    Sebastian Vettel goes onto softs
  99. Ferrari team radio

    "Box, box Sebastian."

    Out third-place man is coming in.

  100. Pit stops under way

    Nasr and Maldonado have been the first drivers into the pits. Maldonado's Lotus team-mate Grosjean is also in and out on the mediums. Verstappen also in.

  101. Red Bull team radio

    Daniel Ricciardo: "I'd say we get off this tyre as soon as we can - it's not getting any better."

  102. Rosberg keeps Hamilton within range

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Nico Rosberg is keeping a second behind leader Lewis Hamilton. We are coming up to an interesting team decision as normally the lead driver gets decision to choose when to pit. Hamilton needs to try to open that gap out."

    The Ferraris are also keeping the Mercedes drivers very honest. This could get interesting.

  103. Hulkenberg first retirement

    So Force India's Nico Hulkeberg is our first retirement on lap 10.

    Not a great season for the Silverstone team so far. Their late start to pre-season testing is starting to bite.

  104. Team radio

    Nico Hulkenberg: "I lost the gearbox - something bad happened. Something went really wrong there, a big bang."

  105. Verstappen on the move

    Great pass from young Max Verstappen there, the Toro Rosso man out-dragging the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson on the 1.1km back straight and getting the pass done under braking.

    Into the points goes the Dutchman.

  106. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Fqiren: Red Bull & McLaren fighting tooth & nail for 14th. How times have changed.

    Disco Stu: What is Kyvat doing? Ridiculous

    Wendy Pankhurst: The battle between the McLarens & Red Bulls one to watch - both out of position & the back of the pack. Dogs of cars this season

  107. 'Pointless' from Kvyat

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "He (Daniil Kvyat) is going to get his first talking-to from Red Bull chief Christian Horner after the race. Kvyat and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo are on different strategies and there is no point in him keeping Ricciardo behind him."

  108. LAP 8

    It's as you were at the front with Hamilton's Mercedes ahead of team-mate Rosberg by around a second.

    Vettel is third in the first of the Ferraris, three seconds further, back, with Raikkonen fourth ahead of Williams duo Massa and Bottas.

    Next up is Grosjean, Nasr, Maldonado and Ericsson in alternating Lotuses and Saubers.

  109. Tech trouble for Ricciardo

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Daniel Ricciardo's car went into anti-stall mode at the start."

    That explains that one then.

  110. Rude from Kvyat

    We've just heard the Red Bull team radio telling Daniil Kvyat to get out of the way of Ricciardo as they are on different strategies.

    The message appeared to be slow in getting through as the Russian chopped rudely across the Australian at the start of lap six.

    Luckily contact was avoided and Ricciardo got the job done later in the lap.

  111. 'Incredible' from Ricciardo

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo overtakes McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Coulthard says: "That is brave, incredible - round the outside at six and seven."

  112. Bad start for Ricciardo

    We saw Daniel Ricciardo looking wild-eyed earlier and he'll be even more so now after a poor start in the Red Bull.

    Lining up seventh, the Australian dropped to down to 16th place off the start.

    He's on the move though and has put a great move on Fernando Alonso's McLaren.

  113. Pit pandemonium

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "When not to put the kettle on? Not from lap 10 onwards as that is when the first round of pit stops are set to start. It is absolute pandemonium in the pits this afternoon."

  114. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Gary Grafter: Excellent start by the Iceman :-D

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Good start by Bottas. However quick recovery from Kim and good moves up the grid!

    Liesl Moriau: Hammertime!

    Valtteri Bottas
  115. Hamilton's angled grid position

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton's starting grid position sent a clear message to Nico Rosberg, saying I am coming straight over. I've never seen such a position."

  116. Spin for Sainz

    Carlos Sainz has had a spin in the Toro Rosso at the start of lap two.

    The Spaniard seem just just run wide and slowly rotated.

    "Don't talk to me in the corners please," comes the message to his team on the radio seconds later.

    Oops.

  117. LAP 1

    Hamilton is 1.1secs clear of Rosberg after lap one.

    Vettel is third ahead of Raikkonen, with the Willliams of Massa fifth ahead of his team-mate Bottas.

  118. Hamilton leads; Raikkonen up to fourth

    Hamilton holds his lead from Rosberg through the first few turns.

    Vettel runs third while Raikkonen, from sixth on the grid, is up to fourth.

    Mercedes-Mercedes, Ferrari-Ferrari.

    Lewis Hamilton leads through the first two corners
  119. LIGHTS OUT!!!

  120. Lining up

    Aggressive grid positioning from Hamilton.

    He's going to cut across his team-mate here.

    Watch this space.

  121. Formation lap starts

    The cars are all away on the formation lap.

    Top 10 are all on soft tyres.

    The cars line up for the Chinese Grand Prix
  122. Interesting, very interesting

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "What Ferrari had in their favour in Malaysia was their use of tyres. Can they replicate that?

    "Tyre choice is going to be key today. It is hot for China and it is going to be interesting."

  123. How they line up - 11-20

    11. Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Lotus

    12. Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Red Bull

    13. Max Verstappen (Ned) Toro Rosso

    14. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Toro Rosso

    15. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India

    16. Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India

    17. Jenson Button (GB) McLaren

    18. Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren

    19. Will Stevens (GB) Manor Marussia

    20. Roberto Merhi (Spa) Manor Marussia

  124. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Paul Marsh: Looking for another good drive from Raikkonen today! He was brilliant last time out but was overlooked by Seb's win. Go Kimi!!

    Rob: Hamilton to win, Vettel second and Rosberg in third.

    Chris Smith: Looking forward to this, all mixed up and no certainties. Fingers crossed that #JB22 can grab a top ten.

  125. What the papers say

    Sunday Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph's coverage of qualifying centres on the possibility of a rift developing between Mercedes and their driver Nico Rosberg, who was not haapy with the "pressure" he was put on by the team during qualifying.

  126. Three-way fight

    Niki Lauda, Mercedes non-executive chairman: "It's going to be big fight between Lewis, Nico and Sebastian.

    "We try to learn out of every mistake and I think we are well prepared but it is not going to be easy."

  127. How they line up - top 10

    1. Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes - 1:35.782

    2. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes - 1:35.824

    3. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari - 1:36.687

    4. Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams - 1:36.954

    5. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams - 1:37.143

    6. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari - 1:37.232

    7. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull - 1:37.540

    8. Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus - 1:37.905

    9. Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber - 1:38.067

    10. Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber - 1:38.158

  128. FIVE MINUTES TO GO!

    Feeling pumped?

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo
  129. Dry race forecast

    BBC weather forecaster Ian Fergusson Twitter: 10 mins to race start: air temp 20.7C; track 47C. Light breeze from ENE. Dry conditions throughout the race.

  130. Two stops on the cards?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Strategy-wise, this is an unusually open race. Two stops is the most likely, but the time difference between two stints on the 'softs' and one on the 'medium' and vice versa is small - some teams say as little as 2.5 seconds over a race distance. Ferrari saved a set of 'option' tyres through qualifying and also have much lower tyre degradation than everyone else, so are considered likely to do two stints on the soft.

    Sebastian Vettel heads into the pits

    "Mercedes also have extra softs and probably don't need to shadow them - and doing so could be a mistake - but might be tempted after their defeat in Malaysia, despite Nico Rosberg's observation that the soft 'is going to fall apart at some point, quite dramatically'. But doing two stints on the soft depends on how long you can make them last.

    "If each set will do only 14-15 laps, that's not enough. First stops could be as early as lap 11 but are more likely around lap 15. And the hotter conditions of race day throw in another curve ball - no-one knows how that will affect degradation. It is a race to be managed on the fly."

  131. Post update

    Lotus on Twitter: Grid presentation about to start. Helpfully, they have chosen to perform right by our pitwall. So kind!

    Chinese GP presentation
  132. What the papers say

    Sunday Mirror

    You might struggle to find any F1 coverage in the national press this morning but we've picked you out a few snippets. The Sunday Mirror focuses on world champion Lewis Hamilton having to deal with a hot seat on Saturday.

  133. Battle joined in midfield

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "There promises to be a very close fight for the minor points positions between four teams that, as Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr puts it, 'are within half a second - Red Bull, Lotus, Sauber and ourselves'. Red Bull teams of one kind or another book-end that group, with Daniel Ricciardo in seventh and his team-mate Daniil Kvyat in 12th, just ahead of the Toro Rossos, led by Max Verstappen, and the Lotuses and Saubers in between.

    Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr

    "Both Verstappen and and Sainz felt they could have done better, while Kvyat says he was hampered by recurring power-unit problems that meant that when he did get his one decent lap he had 'no rhythm'. Ricciardo, meanwhile, actually has hopes of challenging the Williams cars for fifth place, saying he believes the Red Bull is much more competitive on race pace."

  134. Post update

    Red Bull Racing Spy: No shortage of mod-cons in our team bus this week…

    China GP TV
  135. Hamilton keeps good company

    Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna

    High five - how Hamilton compares

    Lewis Hamilton - Shanghai (5)

    Juan Manuel Fangio - Monza (5)

    Ayrton Senna - Imola (8), Adelaide (6), Monza (5), Monaco (5)

    Michael Schumacher - Suzuka (8), Barcelona (7), Hungaroring (7), Montreal (6), Sepang (5), Imola (5)

  136. McLaren improving despite appearances

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "It says something for how far McLaren have come since the start of the season - and also for how far they still have to go - that Jenson Button was disappointed to miss out on getting through into second qualifying by just over 0.2secs. Only a month ago in Melbourne, after all, the McLarens were 1.5secs off the next slowest car. And the gap to the pace-setter in Q1 - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel - was down to 1.7secs, when it had been more like four or five seconds to the Mercedes in Australia.

    McLaren F1 driver Fernando Alonso

    "Button also beat team-mate Fernando Alonso for the second race in a row - albeit by only 0.004secs after the Spaniard had missed all of final practice. Alonso did not seek to use that as an excuse, saying he was happy with his lap. For the Spaniard, who was substantially faster than Button in the race last time out, the priority for the race in China is to finish with both cars, to accelerate the much-needed learning process."

  137. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Illuminati: I fancy Vettel to take the #ChineseGP despite the 3rd position in qualifying

    Stan Isaac Mugi: Hope Mercedes team has a better strategy today, also hope they've practiced pitstop timing

    Francis Waso: McLaren to use phrases 'encouraging', 'progress', 'closer, 'improvement' post race while 'shambolic' & 'disastrous' more in order

  138. Post update

    Toro Rosso on Twitter: Drivers ready, in their cars. We'll be off to grid soon. Yes it's time, THAT time!

    Verstappen
  139. A bit of needle already

    Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have just had a little moment at the pit lane exit.

    Hamilton appeared to be attempting to pass a number of cars queuing to do practice starts when the Ferrari of Vettel pulled away just in front of him.

    Hamilton waved his hand at the German and quickly got on the team radio, saying: "Ferrari's just so dangerous.

    "As I was pulling away, I almost crashed into him."

    That should spice things up.

    Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel
  140. Laps led at the Chinese Grand Prix

    Four times a previous pole-sitter and a three-time winner, it's no surprise to see Lewis Hamilton leading the way in laps led at the Shanghai International Circuit since the race was first held in 2004.

    1. Lewis Hamilton 141

    2. Fernando Alonso 119

    3. Nico Rosberg 78

    4. Jenson Button 75

    5. Sebastian Vettel 73

  141. Happy birthday Carlos

    It's time to say a quick happy birthday to former Brabham, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams driver Carlos Reutemann, who turns 73 today.

    The Argentine won 12 grands prix and scored 45 podiums in a 146-race career between 1972 and 1982.

    Despite being a front-runner for several years, the world title proved madly elusive for Reutemann (below). The closest he came was in 1981, when he lost out by just one point to Nelson Piquet after the final round at Caesars Palace.

    Former F1 driver Carlos Reutemann at the 1978 Argentine Grand Prix

    Also celebrating today is Italy's Corrado Fabi, who turns 54.

    The younger brother of fellow F1 racer Teo Fabi, Corrado raced in 12 grands prix for Osella and Brabham between 1983 and 1984.

  142. Sauber looking racy

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "This weekend is the first race Sauber have had both cars in the top 10 on the grid since the US Grand Prix at the end of 2013. Marcus Ericsson, 10th and a place behind team-mate Felipe Nasr, described this as 'a great achievement'. 'We knew it was possible but it is so close and we needed to get everything right.'

    Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson at China

    "For Nasr, it was confirmation of his stellar performance on his debut in Australia, after a difficult weekend in Malaysia when fate seemed to conspire against him. And it could have been even better - he said he lost a front wing flap at the start of his final run, which cost him a couple of tenths of a second, which might have moved him ahead of Lotus's Romain Grosjean for eighth. Sauber's big step forward this year is clearly mostly to do with a corresponding advance by Ferrari on their engine - Nasr admitted the cash-strapped team were still lacking significant amounts of downforce."

  143. Post update

    Red Bull Racing on Twitter: From revolution to the evolution.

    Red Bull steering wheel
  144. Alonso's perfect record in jeopardy?

    BBC

    If Fernando Alonso wants to maintain the above record, he'll need a significant change in fortunes at McLaren.

    He's yet to see the chequered flag in 2015 having missed the first race with concussion and then retiring in Malaysia a fortnight ago.

    An engine failure in FP3 yesterday was also a reminder of the McLaren-Honda's fragility.

    Read more Chinese Grand Prix facts and stats here.

  145. Stevens buoyant ahead of first Manor race

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Manor's Will Stevens was buoyant after qualifying and is very much looking forward to his first race for the team in Formula 1 - which is only his second grand prix after his one-off for now-defunct Caterham in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year.

    Manor Marussia driver Will Stevens

    "Various problems, all rooted in the team's 11th-hour rescue by its new owner Stephen Fitzpatrick of Ovo energy, have meant Stevens has had a troubled time so far this season. But he described Saturday as 'a good day', adding that he had even managed to get a run on high fuel in morning practice. Those were his first laps in race trim ever in the car, so the race will be a journey of discovery."

  146. Drivers' championship standings after two rounds

    Formula1.com
  147. Memorable Chinese Grand Prix moments

    BBC

    A couple of years back BBC Sport reflected on some of the most memorable moments from previous Chinese Grands Prix.

    The event was first held at the Shanghai International Circuit in 2004 and was won by Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello. The race had six different winners in its first six races, including Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button.

    Lewis Hamilton, victorious in 2008, became the circuit's first repeat winner in 2011. He added a third win last season and is gunning for number four today.

  148. Post update

    Red Bull Racing on Twitter: Need a Shanghai track guide? In the paddock, it's right at your feet.

    China GP manhole
  149. What of Williams?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Williams have had a bit of a reality check so far this season. Having expected after pre-season testing to be neck-and-neck with Ferrari, to be some way off their pace has been an unpleasant surprise. But things are much more to their liking in China, with both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas managing to split Sebastian Vettel from Kimi Raikkonen, and aiming to at least replicate that in the race.

    Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa

    "Massa's lap, in particular, won praise from technical boss Pat Symonds, who said: 'Felipe was really on fire in qualifying. It was a great lap.' Massa himself described it as 'amazing'. But Symonds admitted that keeping Raikkonen behind in the race will not be easy - Ferrari, he said, were fundamentally quicker still."

  150. Get involved - #bbcf1

    As always we want your involvement this morning.

    Is Lewis Hamilton going to run and hide today or can team-mate Nico Rosberg keep him honest? And what of Ferrari? Can their better tyre management really close a gap of almost a second in qualifying?

    Get in touch on these or any other F1 subjects on (#bbcf1) via or by visiting our page.

  151. Drivers' parade lap interviews

    McLaren driver Jenson Button: "I don't know how its going to go. We expected more from qualifying.

    "We didn't have the pace. I don't know why but we will have a look at it. There is improvement needed but we're looking forward to what we have today."

    McLaren driver Jenson Button
  152. Drivers' parade lap interviews

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel: "It's great to see there is so much support here. It seems to be growing every year."

    Asked if his win in Malaysia would have given Mercedes a wake-up call, he says: "I hope they didn't wake up.

    "It will be tough. We have to be realistic. We will try to be a bit closer to them again."

    Fans at the Chinese Grand Prix
  153. Post update

    Mercedes on Twitter: Drivers, drivers, give us a wave! Hmmm... we need to work on those #F1 chants

    Chinese GP drivers
  154. Drivers' parade lap interviews

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg: "I'm feeling good. Yesterday was frustrating but there is going to be a lot of opportunity today.

    "There is going to be a lot going on with tyre degradation and fuel strategy. It will be quite difficult to work out what is going on at home but in the car as well. There are so many different scenarios but we hope to be a bit quicker than Ferrari today.

    "I have to try to get some points back on Lewis and Sebastian as well. It's an important day."

    Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg
  155. Drivers' parade lap interviews

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton: "I feel pretty good. I have got amazing support here.

    "You have to be a real attacker here. Here, you just have to look after your tyres and we have to try to do a better race than Ferrari."

  156. Can tyre management close gap at front?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Ferrari are hanging their admittedly slim hopes of beating Mercedes on their better tyre wear, which was key to their win in Malaysia. But will it be enough? 'Mercedes are very quick,' Sebastian Vettel said. 'Both drivers do a good job, and that makes them difficult to beat. We are very happy where we are. I hope we can be a bit closer in the race. But "close" and "challenge them so they make mistakes" are different stories. Red Bull and Williams also seem quick this weekend so it will be a long race.'

    Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

    "The race is expected to be a two-stop strategy and as long as Mercedes can do two stints on the soft tyres, as Ferrari can, it is hard to see on the face of it how Vettel can challenge Hamilton, given the significant pace advantage the world champion has had all weekend. Hamilton was 0.9secs clear in qualifying, 0.4secs in most practices, and 0.7secs on average ahead on the average of his race-simulation run in Friday practice. Realistically, Ferrari admit that their hope is to split the Mercedes, but know that even that is a stretch."

  157. Post update

    Romain Grosjean on Twitter: Arrive at the track and received a nice lucky panda :-) My son is going to be happy when I get home...

    China GP panda

    Williams on Twitter: No sign of a panda around but we have just received a gift sheep

    China sheep
  158. Keep across the Chinese Grand Prix

    In addition to this humble text service, the BBC also has live commentary of the race over on Radio 5 live from 06:30 BST.

    Race highlights are on BBC One from 14:00 BST.

  159. Did qualifying flatter Rosberg?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Lewis Hamilton has looked pretty imperious all weekend, and although he qualified only fractionally ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg, the actual margin between the two's consistent pace is probably bigger.

    Mercedes AMG F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

    "Hamilton was a quarter of a second up after their first runs and has been consistently quicker all weekend. But the world champion's final lap was not clean and that allowed Rosberg to close in. 'I had more time to come in that lap which I just didn't pull out otherwise the gap would have been the same, I think,' said Hamilton, blaming not getting the most out of his tyre. The Ferrari threat is certainly 'real', as Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff puts it, but Hamilton remains a strong favourite for the race victory."

  160. Post update

    Sauber on Twitter: There's no better way to start the day than knowing it's race day! Good morning from...

    China grid
  161. A race full of eastern promise

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Two races down, a win apiece for Formula 1's two top teams, the Mercedes drivers separated by 0.04 seconds in qualifying and Malaysia winner Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari lining up right behind them.

    "The Chinese Grand Prix promises a great deal."

  162. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

    Ferrari showed in Malaysia last time out that they can be more than a match for Mercedes if conditions are in their favour, and both teams have been talking up the potential of the scarlet cars in race trim.

    It may yet turn out to be a closer contest than practice and qualifying suggests.

    Sebastian Vettel
  163. Welcome along

    Smarting from a failed Grand National flutter? Bet against Jordan Spieth at Augusta? Ticked Cambridge on the Boat Race betting slip when you meant to put Oxford?

    Well, your day might be about to get better if you bet the farm on Lewis Hamilton to win in China this weekend. The Mercedes man starts from his fifth pole in Shanghai - 41st overall - after seeing off team-mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.042secs in qualifying.

    The qualifying gap between the bickering Silver Arrows and the chasing pack led Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was almost a second, so it could be a straight fight between Hamilton and Rosberg today.

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
  164. Rub the sleep from your eyes

    Yes it's early, but it's time to rise and shine and watch some motor racing.

    To ease you into Sunday, here's a rather lovely picture of the Shanghai International Circuit paddock from yesterday evening, courtesy of the guys at Lotus.

    Now get kettle on and settle down. Lights out at 07:00 BST.

    Lotus F1