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Race 3 GP China: Grosjean scoort eerste punten voor Lotus!

F1 ChinaNa een leuke race heeft Hamilton zijn tweede overwinning van dit seizoen gehaald.

Al het hele weekend was hij het snelste. In alle trainingen en in de kwalificatie.
Naast hem bij de start stond teamgenoot Rosberg, gevolgd door Vettel.

Bij de start kwam Hamilton het beste weg voor Rosberg en Vettel. Dit drietal werd al snel aangevuld door Raikkonen, die vrij gemakkelijk beide Williamsen voorbij ging.
Afgezien van de pitstops veranderde er weinig aan de kop en de einduitslag tekende zich al gauw af. Hamilton had weinig moeite om Rosberg voor te blijven en de Ferrari's waren snel, maar niet snel genoeg.
Maar er was genoeg actie te zien in de rest van de race. Zoals door Verstappen.

Verstappen reed een goede race en maakte verschillende knappe inhaalacties. Met nog slechts 2 ronden te gaan en met zicht op punten op een onbedreigde 8e plaats hield helaas zijn motor ermee op. Jammer, want hij had meer verdiend.

Hiermee was de race ook gereden. Door de ongelukkige plaats waar zijn auto stilviel, op het rechte stuk, werd de safety car de baan op gestuurd en mocht niemand meer inhalen.

Grosjean scoorde zijn eerste punten. Gestart vanaf de 8e plaats pakte hij het plekje van de slechte gestarte Ricciardo. Deze 7e plaats kwam in de race nooit echt in gevaar en leverde na de pech in de eerste races de lang verwachte punten op.
Voor Maldonado verliep de race minder voorspoedig. Met zijn tempo had ook hij in de punten kunnen eindigen, als hij niet te ver was doorgeschoten bij het binnenrijden van de pits.
Later in de race verloor hij nog meer bij een spin. Het begin van het einde kwam toen hij, na een uitgebreid gevecht in de achterhoede van de baan werd getikt door Button. Een ronde later viel Maldonado uit.

Lotus F1

Romain Grosjean ensured Lotus F1 Team took its first points of the 2015 season at the third time of asking, while a braking issue hampered Pastor Maldonado before later retiring at the Chinese Grand Prix.

A solid qualifying performance the day before gave both drivers a platform for a top ten finish and the pair set about climbing the order swiftly from the start.
Romain was particularly quick off the line and entered an immediate battle with the Sauber of Felipe Nasr, overcoming him on the opening corners to take seventh.
His team-mate also showed the E23 Hybrid's pace, moving into the top ten and quickly setting about closing in on Nasr's team-mate Ericsson.
It took just three laps for Pastor to move past both Saubers and he climbed to eighth behind Romain before the pits.

There were early stops for the pair, with Pastor first in on lap 11 before Romain followed a lap later to swap from softs to the medium tyres.

While some on the grid struggled with the medium compound, it was business as usual for Romain and Pastor as they swiftly moved from the outside of the top ten back to seventh and eighth respectively.

Running comfortably, the turning point came on lap 33 as a braking issue caused Pastor to brake late and lock up, missing the pit entry. He avoided the barriers, but lost plenty of time in his stop.

"I made a great start and we were running strongly early on however later I had a braking issue which made it harder to battle," he said. "We also have to understand why the brakes locked-up so easily coming into the pits. We lost a lot of time here and it compromised the rest of my race."

With chances of a top ten place fading, a spin caused him to lose further time and saw him engage in a battle with the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
Pastor had the pace and looked to have made swift work of both but Button was unable to avoid making contact with the rear of Pastor's E23, forcing him off the track.

"It was a fantastic battle with Jenson and we were passing each other very cleanly; a good, fun, exciting battle," he said. "Unfortunately, it looks like he got his braking point wrong and went into the back of me. This can easily happen when you're fighting for position, braking off-line and using DRS, so it's just one of those things."

Bodywork damage and worsening braking issues meant the Venezuelan's race ended there, retiring with five laps to go.

His team-mate's controlled drive up ahead meant he was able to cross the line in seventh, securing the team's first points, in comfortable fashion.

"It's the best we could do today and it's satisfying to have achieved the team's first points of the season," said Romain. "I'm proud of everyone at Enstone and at the track."
"We've made a good job improving the car race after race and it's great to finally score points. The next race could be promising too!"

Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi was happy to break the team's point scoring duck, targeting more in Bahrain.

"It feels great to gets points on the board and get that particular monkey off our back," he said. Romain performed strongly all weekend and his seventh position is just reward. The team is buoyed by Romain's result and we're looking forward to increasing our tally in Bahrain."

De volgende race is op 19 april in Bahrein.

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