Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix in style
With just over a month to go until Monaco, the competition in this championship has moved up a notch with the running of the Chinese Grand Prix. In a remarkable race, 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton took his place at the top of the podium, pipping current board leader Sebastian Vettel into second.
But the most astonishing drive came from Vettel''s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, who - in a gritty performance that is the mark of the man - clawed his way up to third from a disastrous 18th position in an incredible feat of tenacity and skill, overtaking McLaren's Jenson Button agonizingly close to the finish.
This now changes matters dramatically. Although Vettel still has a commanding lead, the Mercedes-McLaren team is making substantial inroads. With Hamilton and Button driving so well, there's certainly a chance for a reversal of last year's Monaco result, which saw Vettel and Webber take the top two places.
Driver's Championship (after three races)
1 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 68 points
2 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 47 points
3 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 38 points
4 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 37 points