Jenson Button celebrated his second win for McLaren in just fourth race for the team after he and Hamilton excelled in the rainy conditions and beat Red Bull and Ferrari drivers in 2010 Chinese GP.

Massa led the drivers’ championship after the first three races in the 2010 F1 season, but four points separated the first five drivers while nine points separated the top nine.

Red Bull locked out the front row – Sebastian Vettel was the fastest (1:34.558), Mark Webber was 0.248 seconds behind his teammate and Fernando Alonso in Ferrari was third.

But at the start, Alonso started too early for the first time in his F1 career, and had to drive through the pitlane to serve the penalty, and the track conditions were dry with just a bit of rain. Some drivers moved to intermediate tyres, and some, like Button, Rosberg and Kubica, risked and profited by staying on the dry weather tyres as the rain soon stopped.

Chinese GP 2010 start Alonso leads Red Bulls
Start of the 2010 Chinese GP – Alonso jumps the start to take the lead from Red Bull drivers

Button, Rosberg and Kubica lost their advantage when the Alguersuari collided with the backmarker and caused the safety car deployment. Webber was a victim of Button controversial tactics behind the safety car as he was pushed out of the track in the last corner and fell from 6th to 12th.

Hamilton passed Schumacher, Petrov and Kubica and was third behind Rosberg, but when he tried to overtake him in the turn 6, as well as Schumacher, Rosberg repassed him in the next corner. Hamilton later passed Rosberg through the pits, just as Alonso passed Kubica.

In the final stage of the race, with more heavy rain, and Petrov managed to overtake Alguersuari, Schumacher and Webber in the last ten rounds while Massa won the last point with overtaking move on Alguersuari.

Button won and became the first driver to win twice in 2010 and took the championship lead while McLaren took the leading position in the constructors’ championship.

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Button celebrates his second McLaren win in just four races to take the championship lead, but he won’ win again in 2010

STARTING GRID

1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1:34.558
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:34.806 0.248
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:34.913 0.355
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.923 0.365
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1:34.979 0.421
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:35.034 0.476
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.180 0.622
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:35.364 0.806
9 3 M.Schumacher Mercedes 1:35.646 1.088
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India/Mercedes 1:35.963 1.405
11 9 R.Barrichello Williams/Cosworth 1:35.748 1.190
12 17 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:36.047 1.489
13 16 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:36.149 1.591
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:36.311 1.753
15 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber/Ferrari 1:36.422 1.864
16 10 Nico Hülkenberg Williams/Cosworth 1:36.647 2.089
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber/Ferrari 1:37.020 2.462
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India/Mercedes 1:37.161 2.603
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin/Cosworth 1:39.278 4.720
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus/Cosworth 1:39.399 4.841
21 19 H.Kovalainen Lotus/Cosworth 1:39.520 4.962
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin/Cosworth 1:39.783 5.225
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT/Cosworth 1:40.469 5.911
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT/Cosworth 1:40.578 6.020

Chinese GP F1 2010 qualifying top 3 Vettel Webber Alonso

RESULTS

1 1 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:46:42.163
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:46:43.693 1.530
3 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 1:46:51.647 9.484
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 1:46:54.032 11.869
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 56 1:47:04.376 22.213
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 56 1:47:15.473 33.310
7 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 56 1:47:29.763 47.600
8 6 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 56 1:47:34.335 52.172
9 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 1:47:39.959 57.796
10 3 M.Schumacher Mercedes 56 1:47:43.912 1:01.749
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India/Mercedes 56 1:47:45.037 1:02.874
12 9 R.Barrichello Williams/Cosworth 56 1:47:45.828 1:03.665
13 17 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso/Ferrari 56 1:47:53.579 1:11.416
14 19 H.Kovalainen Lotus/Cosworth 55 1:47:52.460 1 Lap
15 10 Nico Hülkenberg Williams/Cosworth 55 1:48:01.537 1 Lap
16 21 Bruno Senna HRT/Cosworth 54 1:48:28.179 2 Laps
17 20 Karun Chandhok HRT/Cosworth 52 1:47:39.011 4 Laps
(18) 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus/Cosworth 26 1:05:28.755 Hydraulics
(19) 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin/Cosworth 8 31:22.863 Clutch
(4) 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber/Ferrari 7 14:41.203 Engine
16 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 0 Collision
23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber/Ferrari 0 Collision
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India/Mercedes 0 Collision
24 Timo Glock Virgin/Cosworth 0 DNS

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Jenson Button 60   6 25 4 25
2 Nico Rosberg 50   10 10 15 15
3 Fernando Alonso 49   25 12 12
4 Lewis Hamilton 49   15 8 8 18
5 Sebastian Vettel 45   12 25 8
6 Felipe Massa 41   18 15 6 2
7 Robert Kubica 40   18 12 10
8 Mark Webber 28   4 2 18 4
9 Adrian Sutil 10   10
10 Michael Schumacher 10   8 1 1
11 Vitantonio Liuzzi 8   2 6
12 Vitaly Petrov 6   6
13 Rubens Barrichello 5   1 4
14 Jaime Alguersuari 2   2
15 Nico Hülkenberg 1   1

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 McLaren/Mercedes 109   21 33 12 43
2 Ferrari 90   43 27 6 14
3 Red Bull/Renault 73   16 2 43 12
4 Mercedes 60   18 11 15 16
5 Renault 46   18 12 16
6 Force India/Mercedes 18   2 6 10
7 Williams/Cosworth 6   1 4 1
8 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 2   2
9 BMW Sauber/Ferrari 0  
10 Lotus/Cosworth 0  
11 HRT/Cosworth 0  
12 Virgin/Cosworth 0  

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