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2014 Chinese Grand Prix

UBS Chinese Grand Prix

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Round:
4
Weather:
Cool, dry and cloudy
Laps:
54
Fastest Lap:
Rosberg, 1m40.402
Country:
China
Circuit:
2014 season:
Report

Three consecutive Lewis Hamilton victories to tie him with Jim Clark and Niki Lauda in the all-time winners list, the third consecutive Mercedes 1-2, but as a contest, the Chinese Grand Prix was a pale shadow of Bahrain two weeks ago. This race underlined the fact that such is the Mercedes dominance both W05s need to be problem-free if we are to have a great race. If only one of them gets a clear run through the weekend, then it’s obvious what we’re going to get. Furthermore, the combination of high-speed corners with fairly adventurous tyre compounds (soft and medium) meant that the circuit was littered with marbles off-line, like this was 2011 again. It meant cars not being able to run wheel-to-wheel through turn 13, the long, increasing-speed loop leading onto the long back straight. It also limited the effective width of the braking zone into the hairpin at the end of that stretch, discouraging dives down the inside.

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