2010 Chinese GP – Race result – Button wins the wet race

2010 Chinese GP Podium

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton celebrate on Shanghai podium

Jenson Button won the rain affected 2010 Chinese Grand ahead of his McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton. Button’s second win of the season means that the defending champion takes over the championship lead. Nico Rosberg finished third, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Vitaly Petrov, Mark Webber, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher.

2010 Chinese GP – Race result

1. Button – McLaren – 1h44:42.163
2. Hamilton – McLaren +1.530
3. Rosberg – Mercedes +9.484
4. Alonso – Ferrari +11.869
5. Kubica – Renault +22.213
6. Vettel – Red Bull +33.310
7. Petrov – Renault +47.600
8. Webber – Red Bull +52.172
9. Massa – Ferrari +57.796
10. Schumacher – Mercedes +1:01.749
11. Sutil – Force India +1:02.874
12. Barrichello – Williams +1:03.665
13. Alguersuari – Toro Rosso +1:11.416
14. Kovalainen – Lotus +1 lap
15. Hulkenberg – Williams +1 lap
16. Senna – HRT +2 laps
17. Chandhok – HRT +4 laps

Did not finish:

Trulli – Lotus – 27 laps
Di Grassi – Virgin – 9 laps
De la Rosa – Sauber – 8 laps
Buemi – Toro Rosso – 1 lap
Kobayashi – Sauber – 1 lap
Liuzzi – Force India – 1 lap
Glock – Virgin – 1 lap

Fastest lap: Hamilton, 1:42.061

Photo: Bridgestone Motorsports

6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    Two races in a row McLaren brings Hamilton in for intermediates but leaves Button out and that puts Button on the top of the podium. Last race Hamilton was on the radio during the race complaining about the decision.

    Obviously its not Hamilton’s choice…so what’s up with MacLaren.

    Great race for Rosberg. He is cleary outperforming Schumacher so far.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      Button made slick tyre gamble twice – in Australia and in China – and it worked out for him on both occasions. Hamilton does not seem to able to make that sort of decision himself and relies on on his pit crew.

      In Australia Hamilton complained about being called in for extra pit stop and fresh set of tyres but later on after the race it became clear that the extra stop was necessary. He simply couldn’t make the tyres as long as Button.

      Hard to blame McLaren. If the problem was McLaren, Button would not be leading the championship. But I would not simply blame Hamilton either. What we saw were several races in a row with changeable conditions (either on race day or in Malaysia case in qualifying) and making a right call was a gamble. Hamilton was not the only one who got it wrong. In China there were only 4-5 cars that actually got it right … If the rain stayed a bit longer or came down a bit stronger Button, Rosberg, Kubica, Petrov would all have ended up as zeros, the rest of the field as heroes …

  2. Kubica fanNo Gravatar says:

    Another great start for Robert. He’s obviously first driver outside of 3 best teams: ML, F, M GP

  3. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I never heard anything about Button making the call himself. That is new to me.

    I just wondered if perhaps Button was getting an internal advantage.

    Whatever the case, McLaren has been making all the right calls with Button and all the wrong calls with Hamilton…no matter who is making the decisions. Remember that Hamilton did not get out of Q1 in race 3 due to his being held with the Ferrari’s while the track detiorated.

  4. Stuart StarkNo Gravatar says:

    I agree it does seem to me that Button is getting all the right decisions at the moment, whereas Hamilton gets all the bad decisions.

    I don’t however believe there is any special treatment being given to Button at Mclaren. We need to remember that Hamilton has been the golden boy at Mclaren for a few seasons now, and is still the golden boy in my opinion.

    It just seems that the few gambles that Mclaren have made on Button have worked a dream so far this season, but that does not mean it will all season. It will be interesting to see what happen in the next race, and it is nice to see some healthy competition between the two englishmen

  5. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if departure of Ron Dennis has anything to do with this? Time will tell.


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15. Adrian SUTIL
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