Nico Rosberg achieved his first F1 career victory on this day n 2012 and gave Mercedes their first victory since 1955, the day after winning his first pole position, which marked a new, hugely successful chapter in Mercedes’ F1 history.g

McLaren swept the front row in the first two races of the season in Australia and Malaysia, but in the third race of the season in China it was Mercedes’ turn with Rosberg and Schumacher, the first time since the 1955 F1 season in Italy when they occupied first three starting places with Fangio, Moss and Kling.

Mercedes attracted attention with an innovative double DRS system that, in addition to the usual rear wing moveable flap it had ducts in the rear wing endplates used to feed the duct system leading all the way to the front wing, reducing downforce and air resistance at the front, similiar to McLaren’s 2010 F-duct system. It was declared legal on the eve of Chinese GP after discussions in the first two races in Australia and Malaysia.

Rosberg drove a fantastic lap, 0.505 faster than Hamilton and won his first Formula 1 pole position, but as Hamilton received a five place grid penalty for changing gearbox, Schumacher started second and completed the first row for Mercedes.

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Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher 2012 Chinese GP Mercedes F1 W03 Photo Daimler Edited by MAXF1net

Mercedes mechanics did not secure the wheel well on Schumacher’s car during the first stop in the lap 12 so the seven-time world champion had to retire early (the only driver to retire in this race), and Rosberg entered the pits one lap later and retained the lead comfortably.

How quickly tyres were degrading with full tanks out is evident from the fact that as many as 16 drivers had already made their first stops before Rosberg’s 13th lap change.

Rosberg had great control over tyre degradation on the track where the front tyres are the limiting factor, which was more suited to the Mercedes W03 which consumed the rear tyres more, balancing the tyre wear on their car. He won with over 20 seconds ahead of Button and Hamilton in their McLarens MP4-27s.

Mercedes was also aided by cooler conditions with a track temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and an air temperature of 22 degrees that reduced tyre wear and overheating.

Rosberg’s victory is the first victory for a German driver in a German car in Formula 1 history and the first for Mercedes since September 11 1955 at the Italian GP and this is also the first race since the 2009 Italian GP at which Ferrari, McLaren or Red Bull did not win (Brawn Mercedes drivers Barrichello and Button secured 1-2 victory).

Fourth and fifth were Red Bull drivers Webber and Vettel while Grosjean in Lotus finished sixth ahead of two Williams drivers Senna and Maldonado. Alonso, after winning in rainy conditions in the last race in Malaysia, was only ninth, with Kobayashi scoring last point in Sauber, after started third behind two Mercedes drivers and setting the fastest lap of the race, the only one in his F1 career.

“This is a very special moment for me. The whole weekend went perfectly,” Rosberg said after the first of 23 Formula One victories.

“My first pole position, and now my first Formula One win, really fantastic. But not only that, this is the first win for the new silver arrows and this great team, it’s really special for me.”

“Thanks to everyone in the team, here in China and at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth, for improving the car so quickly, it makes me very proud. I will never forget this race, and for the last 20 laps it has seemed like I have been driving 24h of Le Mans!”

“But when I crossed the line it was so intense. We will enjoy this success, but we are still standing firmly on the ground. We are still not where we want to be, but we are still working hard to understand the car and tyres in all conditions and continue to push to further improve our speed in the race. We’ll see how that turns out in Bahrain. ”

This was the only victory of the season for Mercedes in which seven drivers were victorius in the first seven races, and they waited for the next victory until 2013 Monaco GP where Rosberg won from pole position.

STARTING GRID

1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:35.121
2 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 1:35.691 0.570
3 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 1:35.784 0.663
4 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus/Renault 1:35.898 0.777
5 3 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1:36.191 1.070
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:36.290 1.169
7 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:35.626 0.505
5 place grid penalty due to gearbox change
8 15 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 1:36.524 1.403
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:36.622 1.501
10 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1:36.031 0.910
12 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:36.255 1.134
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Renault 1:36.283 1.162
14 19 Bruno Senna Williams/Renault 1:36.289 1.168
15 11 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 1:36.317 1.196
16 12 Nico Hülkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:36.745 1.624
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:36.956 1.835
18 20 H.Kovalainen Caterham/Renault 1:38.463 3.342
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham/Renault 1:38.677 3.556
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia/Cosworth 1:39.282 4.161
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia/Cosworth 1:39.717 4.596
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT/Cosworth 1:40.411 5.290
23 23 N.Karthikeyan HRT/Cosworth 1:41.000 5.879
24 17 Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:37.714 2.593

RACE RESULTS

1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 1:36:26.929
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:36:47.555 20.626
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:36:52.941 26.012
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 56 1:36:54.853 27.924
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 56 1:36:57.412 30.483
6 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 56 1:36:58.420 31.491
7 19 Bruno Senna Williams/Renault 56 1:37:01.526 34.597
8 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Renault 56 1:37:02.572 35.643
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 1:37:04.185 37.256
10 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 56 1:37:05.649 38.720
11 15 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 56 1:37:07.995 41.066
12 11 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 56 1:37:09.202 42.273
13 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 1:37:09.708 42.779
14 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus/Renault 56 1:37:17.502 50.573
15 12 Nico Hülkenberg Force India/Mercedes 56 1:37:18.142 51.213
16 17 Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso/Ferrari 56 1:37:18.685 51.756
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso/Ferrari 56 1:37:30.085 1:03.156
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham/Renault 55 1:36:30.554 1 lap
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia/Cosworth 55 1:37:20.154 1 lap
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia/Cosworth 55 1:37:20.552 1 lap
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT/Cosworth 55 1:38:03.223 1 lap
22 23 N.Karthikeyan HRT/Cosworth 54 1:37:15.280 2 laps
23 20 H.Kovalainen Caterham/Renault 53 1:37:38.545 3 laps
(3) 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 12 20:57.537 Wheel

Fastest lap: Kamui Kobayashi – 1:39.960 (lap 40)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 3/20 RACES

1 Lewis Hamilton 45   15 15 15
2 Jenson Button 43   25 18
3 Fernando Alonso 37   10 25 2
4 Mark Webber 36   12 12 12
5 Sebastian Vettel 28   18 10
6 Nico Rosberg 25   25
7 Sergio Pérez 22   4 18
8 Kimi Räikkönen 16   6 10
9 Bruno Senna 14   8 6
10 Kamui Kobayashi 9   8 1
11 Romain Grosjean 8   8
12 Paul Di Resta 7   1 6
13 Jean-Éric Vergne 4   4
14 Pastor Maldonado 4   4
15 Daniel Ricciardo 2   2
16 Nico Hülkenberg 2   2
17 M.Schumacher 1   1
18 Felipe Massa 0  
19 Timo Glock 0  
20 Charles Pic 0  
21 Vitaly Petrov 0  
22 H.Kovalainen 0  
23 N.Karthikeyan 0  
23 Pedro de la Rosa 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 McLaren/Mercedes 88   40 15 33
2 Red Bull/Renault 64   30 12 22
3 Ferrari 37   10 25 2
4 Sauber/Ferrari 31   12 18 1
5 Mercedes 26   1 25
6 Lotus/Renault 24   6 10 8
7 Williams/Renault 18   8 10
8 Force India/Mercedes 9   1 8
9 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 6   2 4
10 Marussia/Cosworth 0  
11 Caterham/Renault 0  
12 HRT/Cosworth 0  

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