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GP Week : Issue 218
ThE NUmbERS Seconds – Carlos Sainz set the fastest lap of the race by a non-Mercedes driver, 0.444s adrift of Hamilton’s best 0.444 Out of 670 laps. Fernando Alonso lost his distinction of having completed every racing lap ever held on this track, 11 years after it opened, by virtue of finishing a lap down in 12th 669 Km/h – Pastor Maldonado was quickest in the speed trap, at 344.1km/h in the race, fully 6km/h clear of any other driver, and a massive 31.5km/h quicker than Daniil Kvyat’s best top speed 6.0 Laps – Of the 56 race laps in the Chinese Grand Prix, Williams’ Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ran in fifth and sixth places for all-but-three laps 53 Roberto Merhi’s Q1 time was just outside the 107% limit, but he was still allowed to start 107.46% The same three drivers have finished on the podium in the first three races of a season for the first time in F1 history Lewis Hamilton now has seven hat-tricks (a win from pole with the fastest lap) in his career, only one behind currently active leader Sebastian Vettel, but way behind Michael Schumacher’s 22 1-2-3 7 Percent – The Manor Marussia of Will Stevens was not only within 107% of the best time in Q1, but got within 105%. Furthermore, his Q1 time of 1:42.091 was 0.236s inside the best Marussia time at the 2014 race weekend 104.7 (German GP) – Kimi Raikkonen led a lap on Sunday for the first time since the Nurburgring nearly two years ago. It was the first lap he’s led for Ferrari since Monza 2009 2013 Laps – The number of laps, on average, that Lewis Hamilton has led for every Grand Prix in which he has raced in so far. He has now led 1956 laps in his career, with only Schumacher, Senna, Prost, Mansell and Vettel ahead of him 13 Places – Daniel Ricciardo lost 10 positions on the opening lap due to an extremely slow start 10 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: