The Formula One race at the Chinese Grand Prix just wrapped up with Nico Rosberg taking the checkered flag for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team. This win makes it three for three for the German racing driver, putting him considerably ahead of the pack with 75 points, 36 points ahead of his teammate, Lewis Hamilton.
What was most memorable about this race was the first lap love taps between the Scuderia Ferrari cars piloted by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. The presence of Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat on the inside corner caused Vettel to take a different line, clipping Raikkonen’s right rear tire and losing a front wing in the process.
Vettel and Kvyat still managed to end up in the podium at the end of the race, despite the small impact. However, Vettel was still bitter about the first lap fiasco and claimed Kvyat “came like a torpedo,” to which the Russian driver said “I was racing”
The exchange was pretty immature of Vettel as Kvyat was clearly racing and anyone in that position would have done the same exact thing. Vettel’s clearly frustrated and couldn’t verbalize his anger well. He just came off childish and whiny, stating “You were lucky this time,” to the third place finisher, as if he was an overly protective mother lecturing a child.
Here are the standings so far after the third race. It’s still too early to call whether this little impact will have long term effects for the title. We’ll be staying in tune to see if this exchange between Vettel and Kvyat materializes into something more.
|1||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||75|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||39|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||36|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||33|
|5||Kimi Raikkonen||Scuderia Ferrari||28|
|6||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing||22|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull Racing||21|
|8||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||18|
|9||Max Verstappen||Scuderia Toro Rosso||13|
|10||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing||7|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sahara Force India||6|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Scuderia Toro Rosso||4|