• Formula 1 2012 - Mercedes-Petronas driver Nico Rosberg wins the Chinese Grand Prix, results and standings

      This is what we have been waiting to see, a victory for Mercedes and for Nico Rosberg to start living up to his potential. Congratulations to the Mercedes-Petronas Formula 1 team and to Nico Rosberg for a well deserved victory at the Chinese Grand Prix. An interesting tidbit of info is that the victory comes on Nico's 111th start which was 111 years after the first Formula 1 victory for Mercedes in 1901. Full race results and standings below.

      2012 Formula I Chinese Grand Prix Race results:

      Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
      1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 1:36:26.929 1 25
      2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +20.6 secs 5 18
      3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 +26.0 secs 7 15
      4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +27.9 secs 6 12
      5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +30.4 secs 11 10
      6 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 56 +31.4 secs 10 8
      7 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 56 +34.5 secs 14 6
      8 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 56 +35.6 secs 13 4
      9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 +37.2 secs 9 2
      10 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 56 +38.7 secs 3 1
      11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +41.0 secs 8
      12 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 56 +42.2 secs 15
      13 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +42.7 secs 12
      14 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 56 +50.5 secs 4
      15 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +51.2 secs 16
      16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 56 +51.7 secs 24
      17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +63.1 secs 17
      18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 19
      19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 20
      20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 21
      21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 22
      22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 23
      23 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 53 +3 Laps 18
      Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 12 Wheel 2

      Driver standings after 3 races:

      Team standings after 3 races:

      Nico Rosberg (1st)
      "This is a very special moment for me. The whole weekend went perfectly. My first pole position, now my first win in Formula One - it really is fantastic. But it's not only this; it's the first win for the new Silver Arrow and for this great team. That is really special for me. Thanks to everybody in the team, here in China and in our factories in Brackley and Brixworth. It makes me very proud that we have improved the car so quickly. I will never forget this race, and the last 20 laps felt as long as if I was racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours! But then crossing the line was so intense. We will enjoy this success, but our feet are still on the ground. We are still not where we want to be, we are still working hard to understand the car and the tyres in all conditions, and we will keep pushing to improve our race pace even further. We will see how that works out in Bahrain."
      Michael Schumacher (DNF)
      "First of all, congratulations to the whole team, to Mercedes-Benz and of course to Nico who achieved a perfect victory from start to finish. He did a great job today and yesterday, and I am happy for him. As for my race, my right front tyre got loose following my first pit stop. As I did not want to cause any bigger damage to the car, I stopped on the grass. I felt there was something wrong immediately and especially in turn three, when I put pressure on the right side of the car. 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, and I feel sorry for the guys, who always work so hard and give their best. But we all know that's part of the game."
      Ross Brawn, Mercedes team principal
      "This is a truly special and historic day. I am so delighted for Nico, he has deserved to take his first victory several times, and has now done so by driving a perfectly judged race from pole position. I am excited to see how he develops now he has that win under his belt. Commiserations to Michael, who was driving a controlled race in second position, but was forced to retire after his pit stop. However, he is the first man to say that we win and lose as a team, and his performances this year prove that he is equally capable of climbing to the top step of the podium. Heartfelt congratulations to all our team here at the track, in Brackley and in Brixworth; they have put tremendous effort into this project, and we are now starting to see the rewards for their dedication and expertise. Finally, I must thank all our colleagues at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart and around the world - their support has been unstinting, and we are proud to deliver the first victory for a works Silver Arrow car in 57 years. I was just one year old when Juan Manuel Fangio won in Monza in 1955 - but this victory is something I will remember, and savour, for a very long time indeed!"
      Norbert Haug, vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
      "What a sensational victory from Nico and our team! It was unbelievable how Nico drove and controlled the race from lap one to 56. A big thank you to everybody in Brackley, Brixworth, Stuttgart, Fellbach, Unterturkheim and Mohringen for all their relentless work and their belief in our capabilities and that we can make it. Nico's performance was superb today, the team executed a great two-stop strategy, and Nico and his car managed the tyres very well. It was a shame for Michael, who dropped out after his first pit stop because of a problem with the right front wheel; he missed out on a possible very good podium result. It was particularly sweet to see Jenson and Lewis on the podium - Mercedes Power to the power of three!"

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