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Fernando Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen finishes second and Lewis Hamilton third

Alonso wins Chinese GP: Flying Fernando claims Ferrari victory as Hamilton finishes third in Shanghai

PUBLISHED:

08:41 GMT, 14 April 2013

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UPDATED:

08:41 GMT, 14 April 2013

Fernando Alonso stormed home to win the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday as British star Lewis Hamilton finished in third place.

The Spaniard started on the second row but soon passed pole-sitter Hamilton on his way to earning 25 World Championship points in Shanghai.

Mercedes' Hamilton fought bravely with Kimi Raikkonen for second place before eventually succumbing to the Lotus driver.

World champion Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, finished fourth but his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was forced to retire midway through the race.

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On top: Fernando Alonso earned his first victory of the season as he came home to win the Chinese Grand Prix

On top: Fernando Alonso earned his first victory of the season as he came home to win the Chinese Grand Prix

Podium: Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, was made to settle for third in his Mercedes

Podium: Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, was made to settle for third in his Mercedes

All action: Hamilton led into the first corner but was soon reeled in and passed by both Ferraris

All action: Hamilton led into the first corner but was soon reeled in and passed by both Ferraris

Wayward wheel: Red Bull's Mark Webber was forced to retire after losing a rear tyre

Wayward wheel: Red Bull's Mark Webber was forced to retire after losing a rear tyre

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Dani Pedrosa wins Malaysian GP

In-form Pedrosa cuts Lorenzo's lead at top of championship after win in Malaysia

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 21 October 2012

Dani Pedrosa put on a wet-weather master class to capture a rain-shortened Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and keep the pressure on MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo after notching a fifth victory in six races.

The Spanish Honda rider was clear of the field after 13 of the scheduled 20 laps at a rain-swept Sepang International Circuit when the race was red-flagged because of dangerous conditions.

Pole-sitter Lorenzo held on to second place on his Yamaha as conditions deteriorated with world champion Casey Stoner crossing the line in third place on another Honda.

Champagne moment: Dani Pedrosa (left) celebrates winning in Malaysia

Champagne moment: Dani Pedrosa (left) celebrates winning in Malaysia

With torrential rain continung to lash the circuit, the race could not be re-started, giving Pedrosa his first victory in Malaysia as the Spaniard continued his audacious late-season title push.

The win enabled Pedrosa (307) to cut fellow Spaniard Lorenzo's (330) lead in the championship standings to 23 points with two more races remaining and a maximum of 50 points available.

Pedrosa started behind Lorenzo in what was declared a wet race but was soon breathing down the 2010 world champion's neck as the pair pulled clear of the pack.

In front: Pedrosa (right) saw off the challenge of Jorge Lorenzo

In front: Pedrosa (right) saw off the challenge of Jorge Lorenzo

The 27-year-old snatched the lead just past the scheduled halfway point and never looked like being challenged by Lorenzo as several riders behind the leaders crashed out on the slippery surface.

Lorenzo was lucky to survive a heavy wobble seconds before the race was red-flagged as his bike threatened to lose control at the hairpin before the home straight.

Australia's Stoner recorded his first podium finish since returning from an ankle surgery in August while Ducati's Nicky Hayden finished fourth, ahead of team mate Valentino Rossi.

Jenson Button surprised and disappointed by Lewis Hamilton tweets

Button surprised and disappointed by Hamilton's foolish tweets

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 3 September 2012

Jenson Button has expressed his ‘surprise and disappointment’ at McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s tweets which showed sensitive telemetry information.

Hamilton posted a picture showing where he lost time in qualifying compared to pole-sitter Button as he tried to further demonstrate how the decision to run an old-spec rear wing had cost him on Saturday.

Not happy: Jenson Button (right) was unimpressed with Lewis Hamilton's actions

Not happy: Jenson Button (right) was unimpressed with Lewis Hamilton's actions

The printout also contained secret car set-up information which a source at a rival team referred to as ‘gold dust’.

McLaren chiefs ordered Hamilton to remove the post and he also deleted tweets expressing his dismay at being eclipsed by Button in qualifying.

Bad week: Hamilton was involved in this pile-up

Bad week: Hamilton was involved in this pile-up

And although Hamilton escaped sanction by his team, Button, who went on to win the Belgian Grand Prix in style, said he was ‘disappointed’ and added: ‘We work so hard to improve the car and to keep things like that private.’

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hinted he would not have been so lenient in a similar situation.

‘One of our drivers would not be able to do that,’ said Horner. ‘It would breach confidentiality.’

British Grand Prix 2012: Fernando Alonso on pole as Lewis Hamilton qualifies eighth

Alonso on pole for British Grand Prix as McLaren duo suffer in rain-hit qualifying

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 7 July 2012

Fernando Alonso ended Ferrari's long wait for a pole by grabbing top spot on the grid for Sunday's British Grand Prix at the end of a rain-hit qualifying session.

For the first time in 31 races, since the Singapore Grand Prix of 2010, championship leader and double world champion Alonso will lead away the field at Silverstone.

On pole: Alonso was fastest in Saturdays qualifying session

On pole: Alonso was fastest in Saturdays qualifying session

British Grand Prix qualifying

1. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
2. Mark Webber (Red Bull)
3. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)
4. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
5. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
6. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
7. Pastor Maldonado (Williams)
8. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
9. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
10. Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

The Spaniard is joined on the front
row by Mark Webber in his Red Bull, beating the Australian by 0.047
seconds, with Mercedes' Michael Schumacher lining up in third place.

For the Britons, it was an afternoon
to forget as Lewis Hamilton qualified eighth for McLaren, with team-mate
Jenson Button 18th, with Force India's Paul di Resta 11th.

The rain that has blighted Britain's
summer, again caused chaos at Silverstone after yesterday sending fans
into a fury as many were left stranded in traffic jams and wading
through muddy car parks.

Making his Mark: Webber will start behind pole-sitter Fernando Alonso for the British Grand Prix

Making his Mark: Webber will start behind pole-sitter Fernando Alonso for the British Grand Prix

On this occasion the rain that began
at the start of the opening practice session turned torrential for the
beginning of Q2 which had to be red flagged just after the midway point.

It resulted in a 92-minute delay,
during which time the fans in the grandstands and even the teams in the
pit lane, entertained themselves with the odd Mexican wave.

Good old-fashioned brooms and a
couple of road sweepers cleared the danger of the standing water off the
circuit, allowing the session to recommence just after 3pm.

At that stage Button was a bystander
after missing the cut from Q1, the 32-year-old failing to get his front
tyres to work on his McLaren.

It just compounded his horror of a
year as he has collected six points from the last five races, and his
British Grand Prix especially as he has never finished on the podium in
12 attempts at this track.

Button will now have to conjure a special performance if he is to finally bring an end to that hoodoo after qualifying 18th.

It was sod's law the rain that had
held off all morning finally decided to hit the track just as qualifying
started. Initially, the track was only wet enough for intermediate
tyres, and although conditions fluctuated, with some dry areas appearing
on occasion, Button was nowhere near quick enough.

With three minutes remaining he
switched to a fresh set of inters for one final shot and was on course
to clamber out of the bottom seven when Marussia's Timo Glock spun on
the start-finish line.

With yellow flags in the final
sector, Button was forced to slow after setting personal best times in
sectors one and two, leaving him above the Caterhams, Marussias and
HRTs.

For only the second time this season
Vitaly Petrov out-qualified Caterham team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, the
duo qualifying 19th and 20th. Glock qualified 21st, followed by the HRT
duo of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan, with Charles Pic
requiring the help of the stewards as the Frenchman finished outside the
107 per cent time.

At the start of the 15-minute Q2, the
rain increased in intensity, prompting most drivers to switch to
extreme wet tyres, with the exception of Ferrari duo Alonso and Massa on
inters.

The time lost in realising their
mistake and pitting again for the wets ensured that when they posted a
'quick' lap they were trailing in 15th and 16th when the red flagged
intervened.

The delay came to their aid as they
both made it into the top 10, although with Lotus' Romain Grosjean
spinning late on into the gravel, there is a suggestion Alonso made Q3
with a hot lap under waved yellows, with the stewards likely to
investigate.

It was enough to drop di Resta down
to 11th, followed by Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, although he faces a
five-place grid penalty for a collision with Massa last time out at the
European Grand Prix in Valencia. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg qualified 13th,
followed by the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo and Williams' Bruno
Senna. Jean-Eric Vergne was 16th, but faces a 10-place grid penalty for
causing a collision with Kovalainen in Valencia, dropping him to last
for the race, with Sauber's Sergio Perez qualifying 17th.

Elsewhere in the top 10, reigning
world champion Sebastian Vettel qualified fourth, followed by Massa,
Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen and Williams' Pastor Maldonado, with Hamilton also
on the fourth row. On row five it will be Force India's Nico
Hulkenberg, with Grosjean 10th as he did not compete in Q3 due to his
spin.

Canadian Grand Prix 2012: Live coverage of the F1 drama from Montreal

LIVE: Canadian Grand Prix… follow all the action from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

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UPDATED:

13:33 GMT, 10 June 2012

Phil Duncan F1 blog

Six races this season, and six different winners. But will we be in seventh heaven come the end of today's Canadian Grand Prix

Without a victory to his name this term, Lewis Hamilton, who starts from second on the grid, will be hoping so. But pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel, in search of Red Bull's first victory in Montreal, and Fernando Alonso, who starts from third, will be keen to notch up their second wins of 2012.

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Thumbs up: Sebastian Vettel will start today's Canadian Grand Prix from pole position

Thumbs up: Sebastian Vettel will start today's Canadian Grand Prix from pole position

Jenson Button revels in "amazing" Australian Grand Prix win

Button revels in 'amazing' win after romping to glory in 2012 curtain raiser Down Under

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UPDATED:

12:06 GMT, 18 March 2012

Jenson Button has hailed his Australian Grand Prix victory as an 'amazing way to start the season'.

The McLaren star led the 2012 Formula One curtain raiser from start-to-finish after leapfrogging a slow-starting Lewis Hamilton off the line.

Centre of attention: Button was delighted after winning in Melbourne

Centre of attention: Button was delighted after winning in Melbourne

On the Button: Jenson celebrates after romping to victory in Melbourne

On the Button: Jenson celebrates after romping to victory in Melbourne

Button won by 2.1 seconds from reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel after the race was turned into a 17-lap shootout following the late emergence of the safety car. Pole-sitter Hamilton was third, just ahead of home favourite Mark Webber.

The result indicated that McLaren had closed the gap on Red Bull, who dominated 2011, and set the stage for a more competitive season.

Leader of the pack: Button won from Vettel with pole-sitter Hamilton in third

Leader of the pack: Button won from Vettel with pole-sitter Hamilton in third

'It's an amazing way to start the season,' said Button.

'Starting the year strong for this team is really important. The past two years for us have been tricky for us coming into the first race. It points us in a great position for the next few races and on the right foot.'

No 1: Button got his season off to the best possible start

No 1: Button got his season off to the best possible start in Melbourne

Button immediately took the lead from Hamilton, extending the gap on his teammate to a maximum of 11.8 seconds on lap 23 of 58.

Howeverthat buffer was negated when the Caterham of Vitaly Petrov stopped on the pit straight and brought out the safety car.

'The biggest problem was the safety car,' Button added. 'As soon as the safety car comes out and its six o'clock in the evening, it's difficult to keep temperature in the tyres.

'I was a little on edge but I was able to keep the heat in the tyres.'

Button mastered the restart, opening a 3.5 second lead on Vettel after just one lap and comfortably holding on for victory.

Vettel pitted during the safety car period which allowed him to move above Hamilton and into second place.

The German was tacked onto the back of Button, and it appeared he could pull off a victory that had seemed McLaren's for the taking.

'I thought I would be in a good position to have a shot at Jenson but I didn't. He was too quick – two corners and he was gone,' Vettel said.

'There was no way we could have stayed with him – he completely deserved to win today.'

A downcast Hamilton saw little to be enthused about in third position.

Disappointed: Hamilton was left feeling underwhelmed after finishing third in Sunday's race

Disappointed: Hamilton was left feeling underwhelmed after finishing third in Sunday's race

'It was a bit of a tough day but there's plenty more races to do so I just have to keep my head up,' Hamilton said.

'It was still a positive to come here with good pace and hopefully we can take that on to the next race.'