ReLIVE the Chinese GP
ReLIVE the action from today's 2013 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, brought to you as it happened through McLaren LIVE:
On the Grid
It's a warm afternoon in Shanghai with track temperatures up around 37°C.
Jenson is the lead runner on the medium compound Prime tyre in P8. This is going to be a very tactical afternoon.
Checo also on the Prime compound with a mix of medium and soft runners around him.
The grid is forming up… And we are GO!
Jenson holds P8 at the start, Checo drops to P13.
WEB made an early stop to get rid of his Option tyres – we're expecting a round of early stops to begin shortly for others to do the same.
Jenson radio talk: "OK Jenson, you were eight-tenths faster than HAM on that lap."
Checo radio talk: "Yellows all down the straight – do not use DRS.
The leaderboard is ticking like an abacus as the front runners get rid of their fragile Option tyres.
Checo radio talk: "OK Checo, track is clear now, DRS is OK to use.
All the Option runners have pitted now, we're currently P5, all the cars in front are on Primes.
The top ten with 10 laps gone: HUL leads from VET, Jenson, Checo, DIR, ALO, HAM, VER, RAI BOT. Lots of different strategies in play today.
The chasing pack are closing on the leaders at around a second a lap on their newer Primes.
Jenson is 3.6s behind VET and 3.6s ahead of Checo. With clear air he's discussing the car's balance with his engineers.
Car behind is now ALO. He's passed the cars who started on Primes. He is a quick car.
Checo loses P4 to ALO on the start-finish straight.
Cars in front of Jenson pit
Jenson radio talk: "OK Jenson, you are now leading the race. Car behind is ALO."
Checo radio talk: "One of the Lotuses just hit me!"
Checo's contact was with RAI at turn 6 as they battled over fourth.
Checo radio talk: "Everything feels the same."
The problem at turn 14 is WEB parked on the inside verge with a wheel off. It's in a difficult place to move.
Jenson radio talk: "We need to look after these tyres, keep going, you're doing well."
The order on lap 20: Jenson leads from ALO, HAM, RAI, Checo, VET, HUL, MAS, GRO, RIC.
ALO neatly passes Jenson opposite the pits to take the lead of the Chinese Grand Prix.
Jenson radio talk: "We need to push now, push now."
Meanwhile Checo falls to P7 with the early stoppers finally catching him.
…and Checo back up to P5 as the early stoppers begin stopping again.
Crew into the pitlane for Jenson!
Jenson radio talk: "We're racing GRO at the exit, we need this free air!"
That was a smooth stop and more prime tyres for Jenson.
Checo in and takes on a set of the Option tyres!
Checo radio talk: "We could be racing cars on the exit."
There's some very busy sections of track with tight battles everywhere. After those stops Jenson is P4 and Checo P10. Jenson radio talk: "How many laps does the Mercedes have on its tyres?"
Jenson radio talk: "Two laps more than us, they are five laps old. We want you to fight."
Checo using the pace in his Option tyres to make ground on the cars behind him.
Jenson passed by HAM for P4. This circuit shows up the power of DRS better than any other.
Jenson slips behind a hard-charging RAI into P5.
Checo radio talk: "Box, box."
Checo makes a seamless stop, takes on a set of Prime tyres and hammers out of the pitbox.
After that stop Checo has dropped down to P13.
The order on lap 35 is ALO leading from HAM, RAI, Jenson, VET, HUL, MAS, RIC, GRO, VER.
Large pace differentials between the front runners now as the different strategies make it a mathematical race. 1m40s up to 1m43s.
Jenson the only runner to have stopped only once. He has the two-stopped VET 5s in front and the three-stopped RAI 6s behind.
Jenson radio talk: "We are racing VET. RAI and HAM are behind. We are not racing them."
Jenson slips back to P5 as RAI and HAM sweep by on their new tyres.
Ten laps to go, Jenson is P5, Checo P11. The top ten is ALO, VET, RAI, HAM, Jenson, DIR, MAS, RIC, HUL, GRO.
Jenson radio talk: "Box this lap, box this lap."
Jenson radio talk: "Should be a clear track at the exit, you are racing MAS."
Good stop for Jenson, he takes on his set of Option tyres with six laps to go.
Jenson passes MAS on the back straight, that puts him up to P6.
Jenson radio talk: "Car in front is CHI, he's a back-marker. In front of him is DIR. He has to stop again. You just need to hold off MAS."
Three laps to go. Tight battles between RAI and HAM for P2, Jenson and MAS, currently for P6, GRO and HUL for P10.
DIR stops, Jenson retakes P5.
Gap to MAS 2.5s.
Jenson radio talk: "OK Jenson, you are now on the last lap, your tyres are good."
Checo radio talk: "OK Checo, good 10s gap to VER behind, look after the tyres, look out for flat spots on this last lap."
FINAL ORDER: ALO, RAI, HAM, VET, Jenson, MAS, RIC, DIR, GRO, HUL. Checo P11.
Jenson radio talk: "OK Jenson, great drive P5. Not everything we hoped for but great drive. Normal procedures, Box this lap."
Checo radio talk: "It won't take much from here to get into the points in Bahrain. Just a little bit of fine tuning."