2012 CHINESE GP: NICO SCORE HIS MAIDEN WIN AFTER 111 RACES

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took a perfectly-judged maiden victory at an enthralling Chinese Grand Prix that was dominated by tyre strategy. Rosberg led Jenson Button across the line by 20.6s as the Mercedes driver bucked the trend by nursing his tyres to make a two-stop strategy work. The gap could have been closer but for a 9.7s final pit stop for Button, which robbed the amassed crowds of a potential grandstand finish. The victory marked Mercedes' first victory since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.

The Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China.
56 laps, 305.066km, Weather: Dry.

Classified:
Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG               1h36:26.929
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +    20.626
 3.  Lwis Hamilton         McLaren-Mercedes           +    26.012
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault           +    27.924
 5.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault           +    30.483
 6.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +    31.491
 7.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault           +    34.597
 8.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +    35.643
 9.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                    +    37.256
10.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari             +    38.720
11.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari             +    41.066
12.  Paul Di Resta         Force India-Mercedes       +    42.273
13.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                    +    42.700
14.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault              +    50.500
15.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes       +    51.200
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    51.700
17.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:03.100
18.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
19.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
20.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
21.  Pedro De la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth               +     1 lap
22.  Narain  Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
23.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault           +    3 laps

Fastest lap: Kamui Kobayashi, 1:39.960

Not classified/retirements:
Driver                   Team            On lap
Michael Schumacher    Mercedes AMG         16

After 3 races:                
Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Hamilton      45        1.  McLaren-Mercedes           88
 2.  Button        43        2.  Red Bull-Renault           64
 3.  Alonso        37        3.  Ferrari                    37
 4.  Webber        36        4.  Sauber-Ferrari             31
 5.  Vettel        28        5.  Mercedes                   26
 6.  Rosberg       25        6.  Lotus-Renault              24
 7.  Perez         22        7.  Williams-Renault           18
 8.  Raikkonen     16        8.  Force India-Mercedes        9
 9.  Senna         14        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari          6
10.  Kobayashi      9       
11.  Grosjean       8       
12.  Di Resta       7       
13.  Vergne         4       
14.  Maldonado      4       
15.  Ricciardo      2       
16.  Hulkenberg     2       
17.  Schumacher     1