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    • Thank you for your company today. It wasn't as exciting as the Bahrain GP, but still a good race. Do join us again in three weeks for the start of the European season in Spain. Ciao.

    • Both McLarens finished outside the points with Button in P11 and Magnussen in P13. Vergne was 12th and Maldonado managed to see the finish line for Lotus in 14th.

    • If you think Ricciardo was going to play second fiddle at Red Bull you better think again as he was 24s ahead of Vettel in fifth place. Hulkenberg was the best of the rest in sixth and he was followed by Bottas, Raikkonen, Perez and Kvyat. Some last-lap drama between Kobyashi and Bianchi and it's the Caterham that comes out on top. They were battling over 17th.

    • Lewis Hamilton wins the Chinese Grand Prix by an incredible 18.6s ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Rosberg while Alonso holds onto third with Ricciardo just outside the podium spots.

    • Hamilton is asking about the chequered flag. This is the final lap though. Looks like the chequered flag man was just getting ready to bring out his, erm, chequered flag.

      Lap 56
    • Time is running out for Ricciardo as he is not close enough with only a few laps remaining. Hamilton will win by a handsome margin as he is 18s ahead of his team-mate Rosberg.

      Lap 55
    • Here's the top 10: Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso, Ricciardo, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Raikkonen, Perez, Kvyat. The closest battle at the moment is between Hulkenberg and Bottas as they are 2.4s within each other.

      Lap 53
    • Graining on the left front of Alonso's Ferrari and Ricciardo, who has just lapped Maldonado, is now just 4.3s behind the Spaniard.

      Lap 52
    • Alonso is coming around to lap Maldonado. The Venezuelan gets out of the way and the Ferrari driver can look to build on his lead over Ricciardo.

      Lap 51
    • Rosberg laps Maldonado, who is in 13th place. Ricciard is told that Alonso is matching his pace, but to 'keep pushing until the end as the Spaniard could run into trouble during the final few laps'. A late stop from Chilton.

      Lap 50
    • Just the two retirements with Sutil and Grosjean the men who won't see the chequered flag.

      Lap 49
    • Looks like everyone is just waiting for the chequered flag as the no one is within one second of each other. Alonso remains more than five seconds ahead of Ricciardo.

      Lap 48
    • Ricciardo is told that he 'can catch Alonso'. His Red Bull team-mate Vettel is well off his pace as he is 12.8s behind.

      Lap 47
    • Alonso finding some extra pace at the end of the race as he posts his best lap for the third lap in a row. The gab to Ricciardo remains steady at 5.5s. Looks like McLaren will finish outside of the points again.

      Lap 46
    • Rosberg is told that his fuel is fine until the end. Not too many close battles on track at the moment. Alonso is 5.5s ahead of Ricciardo, Bottas is 2.8s behind Hulkenberg and Perez has a similar gap to make up to Raikkonen.

      Lap 45
    • Just over 10 laps left, here's the top 10: Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso, Ricciardo, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Raikkonen, Perez, Kvyatt. Hamilton is told to 'look after his tyres in case there is a Safety Car'.

      Lap 44
    • Rosberg is in the DRS zone now and he slides past Alonso to move into second place. Alonso should have third place wrapped up as he is 6.6s ahead of Ricciardo.

      Lap 43
    • Hamilton is still comfortable in the lead as he has a lead of 13.8s. The battle between Alonso and Rosberg is the closest on the track. The pair laps Massa, who has just made a pit stop.

      Lap 42
    • Rosberg is nearly three seconds faster than Alonso and it's only a matter of time before he has a go at the Ferrari. Rosberg is asked to read out his fuel load again, but the German is a little bit annoyed by it, telling his engineer 'it really annoys me to do that'.

      Lap 41
    • Ricciardo is told his 'tyres will be good until the end'. Looks like the big battle will be over the final two podium places as Alonso, Rosberg and Ricciardo are all close to each other.

      Lap 40
    • Rosberg went off track at Turn 11 and he decides to make a pit stop immediately. Ricciardo is also in and they rejoin third and fourth after taking on fresh medium tyres. Race leader Hamilton is also told to 'box, box' for new medium tyres. Hamilton rejoins comfortably ahead of Alonso.

      Lap 39
    • Here's the top 10: Hamilton, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Alonso, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Raikkonen, Perez, Kvyatt. Grosjean admits it's a 'shame' that he had to retire after losing fourth gear.

      Lap 38
    • Hamilton has build an 18s lead over Rosberg, but both Mercedes cars still have to stop for a second time. He laps 12th place Vergne and his next target is Jenson Button.

      Lap 37
    • Vettel rejoined in fifth place, behind the other Caterham of Marcus Ericsson. Ricciardo, Alonso, Vettel and Rosberg have used the most fuel in the top 10.

      Lap 36
    • Another moan by Vettel as backmarker Kamui Kobayashi overtakes him. He wasn't impressed by the Caterham man. Kobayashi is told 'you have to pull away from Vettel otherwise you will continue to get blue flags'. It's a grumpy Vettel that pits from fourth.

      Lap 35
    • The Ferrari pit crew are out and Alonso is the man to duck into the pits. Clean stop for another set of medium tyres and he rejoins in fifth place. Plenty of clean air ahead of him and behind him.

      Lap 34
    • The gap between Alonso and Rosberg is now just one second. A bit further back, Ricciardo is now five second ahead of Vettel. Perez, who stopped on the previous lap, is the fastest man on track with a 1:42.228.

      Lap 33
    • Alonso and Rosberg have lapped the Marussia of Chilton. Hulkenberg and Bottas move into the pits. They are fighting for sixth place. No problems for the duo and they are away without any problems. Kvyatt and Magnussen are the latest to stop.

      Lap 32
    • The gap between Alonso and Rosberg is now 2.2s with the German shaving off 0.7s off each lap. Perez pits from ninth.

      Lap 31
    • Grosjean is wheeled back into the garage and he is the second retirement of the day. The second Lotus of Maldonado is in 14th. Hamilton reporting some graining.

      Lap 30
    • Hamilton is 12.9s ahead of Alonso and the second Mercedes of Rosberg is closing in on the Ferrari as he is now just 3.6s behind the Spaniard. Grosjean had a little off-track excursion and he is looks like he is heading to the garage to retire.

      Lap 29
    • Gutierrez and Magnussen battling over 14th place and it's the McLaren man getting the better of the Mexican. Grosjean is told that he has problems with fourth gear. The message is 'if you use it, then you will be forced to retire'. Vettel is told to 'stay out, stay out' after complaints over his tyres.

      Lap 28
    • Vettel was told that Ricciardo is on a two-stop strategy in contrast to his three-stopper. Further up the track, Hamilton is now 10.9s ahead of Alonso.

      Lap 27
    • Vettel refuses to make Ricciardo's life easy, but the Australian goes on the outside and makes it stick.

      Lap 26
    • Ricciardo has dropped off and Vettel has managed to get one second ahead of the Australian. Vettel is told to 'let Daniel through, he is faster', but the Aussie is not yet close enough. The German is told that Ricciardo 'stopped later than you', but Vettel's response was 'tough luck'.

      Lap 25
    • That little scrap with Rosberg has cost Vettel as Ricciardo has caught up with him. Remember Ricciardo also stopped a few laps after than Vettel. The German looks like he won't just move to the side. Ricciardo moves to the outside, but he is too far behind.

      Lap 24
    • It's not quite as straightforward as Rosberg would've liked. He ducks on the inside and, although the Red Bull man tries to go on the outside, the Mercedes driver has the inside line. Vettel has another go, but the Merc-powered engine is too good.

      Lap 23
    • Here's the top 10: Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Perez. Here's Rosberg on Vettel and he has his DRS wing open.

      Lap 22
    • Hamilton is now lapping in the 1:42s, but he only has a 4.5s lead over Alonso, which is surprising as he was 11+s ahead of second-placed Vettel before they all pitted. Rosberg, meanwhile, is lapping faster than Vettel and the gap is now 1.5s.

      Lap 21
    • Mercedes have a problem reading the telemetry of Rosberg's car so he's being forced to give plenty of feedback back to the team. His engineer wanted to know about his fuel load, which is still pretty good.

      Lap 20
    • Mmmm. Hamilton only has a 3.7s lead over Alonso after the Mercedes man's pit stop. Remember he was more than 10s ahead of Vettel before they started the first-round of stops.

      Lap 20
    • Hamilton is told to 'box this lap, box this lap'. Another smooth stop for the Mercedes team as the 2007 World Champion comfortably rejoins in the lead. Perez is putting all sorts of pressure on Magnussen, but the fireworks comes to a premature end as the Dane ducks into the pits.

      Lap 19
    • Everything is going right for Hamilton at the moment as he tells the team that his tyres are holding up very well. He has a 31s lead over Alonso, but he still has to stop. Bit of a lock-up. Further down the track, Grosjean overtakes Magnussen and he moves up to ninth.

      Lap 18
    • Ricciardo managed to get a 15s lead over Alonso, but that will disappear as he pits for fresh medium tyres. He rejoins in fifth, behind Rosberg. Speaking of Rosberg, he is now two second faster than race leader Hamilton.

      Lap 17
    • Alonso and Vettel are now faster than Hamilton as they are lapping in the 1:43 with the Merc man doing a 1:44.003. Button loses P11 to former team-mate Perez.

      Lap 16
    • Ricciardo has been told he doesn't need to save fuel. His Red Bull team-mate Vettel is within DRS range of Alonso in second place. Ahead of them Hamilton is 17.1s ahead of Ricciardo.

      Lap 15
    • The first round of pits stops have really worked in Ferrari's favour as Alonso has leap-frogged Vettel in the undercut. Rosberg is told 'box, box, box'. No problems for the Mercedes man and he rejoins in seventh, behind Vergne, who is yet to stop.

      Lap 14
    • Hamilton is more than one second faster than the rest of the pack. Vettel and Bottas both stop and he rejoins in sixth place. Ricciardo is told 'two or three more laps'.

      Lap 13
    • Alonso pits from fifth as does Hulkenberg from seventh. They are both away cleanly.

      Lap 12
    • Massa, Raikkonen and Perez all pit to take on the harder tyres. Slow, slow stop for Massa. That's terrible news for the Brazilian as they struggle with the left-rear tyre. Is that the side that got bounced? They had to remove the nut manually. He will rejoin at the back.

      Lap 11
    • Hamilton has build a massive 9.6s lead over Vettel. That's ridiculous. It's very close behind him with Vettel 1.4s ahead of Alonso, who is only 1.4 faster than Ricciardo. Grosjean pits and he puts on the medium tyres before rejoining in 18th.

      Lap 10
    • Sauber insist Sutil has not retired yet and they are doing everything they can to get him back on the track, but the German looks like he is getting ready to leave the garage. Lock up from Alonso and he needs to be careful as he is not too far ahead of Ricciardo.

      Lap 9
    • Hamilton is pretty confident he has no graining problems at the moment. The other Mercedes of Rosberg is on the attack again as he within one second of Ricciardo. It's a very early stop for Button as he takes on some medium tyres.

      Lap 8
    • First retirement of the day as Sutil is pushed back into the garage. That's two DNFs for the German in a row. Alonso is already reporting graining on his left front. He's only 1.1s behind the second-placed Vettel.

      Lap 7
    • The Williams cars appear to be built like bricks as Bottas is running in eighth despite a bump into a Merc at the start. The Finn is just under two seconds off the pace of Hulkenberg.

      Lap 6
    • Hamilton is now 3.5s ahead of Vettel, but Alonso is not too far off the Red Bull's pace. Rosberg has finally made a move that sticks and he's up to fifth after overtaking Massa. The Williams is still going strong though despite the contact with a Ferrari on the first lap.

      Lap 5
    • DRS has been enabled and quite a few cars are close enough for overtaking moves. Raikkonen is hanging onto Grosjean's Lotus despite his power problems. Rosberg has a look at Massa, but he can't quite pull it off.

      Lap 4
    • Raikkonen complaining that he has no power while Magnussen has problems with his front wing following contact with a Williams. Rosberg is closing in on Massa. Button is up to 13th as he eases past Vergne. Perez is next on the grid for the McLaren driver.

      Lap 3
    • Here's the top 10 after the first lap: Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Ricciardo, Massa, Rosberg, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Bottas. Alonso appears to have dropped off Vettel, but Hamilton has build a gap of 1.5s.

      Lap 2
    • Gutierrez tries to attack Button, but there is no way through. Alonso was the big winner and Rosberg the big loser as the German is down to seventh, but he has just taken sixth off Hulkenberg.

      Lap 1
    • And we are away in Shanghai as the lights go out. Hamilton gets away cleanly. Alonso is up to third and there was contact between a Williams and Ferrari. A Merc and a Williams also made contact. Alonso attacks Vettel and he tries to go on the outside, but the Red Bull man holds firm. Massa is the Williams driver in the wars.

      Lap 1
    • The main stand is packed with fans and they all cheer as Hamilton lead the rest of the pack around the track for the formation.

    • A useless fact for you, today is Daniil Kvyat's last race as a teenager.

    • The drivers are getting strapped in, some last minute mental preparations. Vettel is looking straight ahead, deep in concentration.

    • Today will also be a unique experience for Marco Mattiacci as it will be his first race weekend as Ferrari team principal. Mattiacci replaces Stefano Domenicali, who decided to step down earlier this week.

    • The cars have started to make their way to the grid. Time for some last minute tweaking to a few of the cars.

    • So then, will it be fourth win in a row for Mercedes this year? Hamilton certainly looks unbeatable at the moment and should he falter then Rosberg will be there. But the Red Bulls have upped the ante and many believe Ferrari have also found some extra power. Speaking of recovery, Grosjean is also confident that Lotus have made progress.

    • It's good news/bad news when it comes to the weather predictions for today as it's expected to be cool, but dry. Hopefully we get another Bahrain.

    • Oh yes, for those of you who celebrate it, Happy Easter. Hope today's result is eggactly what you are looking for. So, so cheesy. Yeah, we know.

    • Some of the big names who didn't make it through to Q3 were Kimi Raikkonen, who will start 11th, both McLarens with Jenson Button 12th. Kevin Magnussen is down in 15th. Oh and neither a Caterham of Marussia will start at the back of the grid. That 'honour' goes to Pastor Maldonado after he failed to set a time in qualy due to a problem with his Renault engine.

    • On the third row of the grid you have Fernando Alonso, who was 1.777s off the pace of Hamilton, and he will have his former team-mate Felipe Massa next to him. The other Williams of Valtteri Bottas is next and he is on the same row of the grid as Nico Hulkenberg. Jean-Eric Vergne and Romain Grosjean complete the top 10. It's been a good weekend for Lotus with Grosjean making it through to Q3 for the first time this season. Can they get points?

    • Next to Hamilton you have the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian continues to impress and the Milton Keynes squad appear to have found their groove again as Sebastian Vettel is third with the other Merc of Nico Rosberg fourth.

    • Before we do today, let's go back to yesterday's qualifying session when Lewis Hamilton claimed his 34th pole position to go one ahead of the legendary Jim Clark in the one-lap stakes. It's his third pole of the season and he is also hunting his third win of the season.

    • After the thriller that was the Bahrain Grand Prix, today's Chinese race has a lot to live up to and, let's be honest, unless we have a Safety Car late in the race it may not do so. But still, in the past the Shanghai circuit has yielded some good races although it's difficult to be good when last time out was great.

    • Welcome to the Shanghai circuit for the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix. All times are local.

    • Magnussen in 13th is the latest to get lapped by Alonso and Ricciardo. The other McLaren of Button is 11th and he is 10.6s behind Kvyat in 10th place.

      Lap 54