Ferrari finally made it to the podium for the first time this year, albeit in third place at the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Still, defending Chinese GP champ Fernando Alonso was happy with the number three spot after a disappointing finish in Bahrain April 6th when he and teammate Kimi Raikkonen could do no better than 9th and 10th.
“In Bahrain, we were one minute behind the leaders in the 9 and 10 spots, and today we had a podium 7 seconds behind Nico,” he commented. “Hopefully I can keep going like this, comfortable with the car and we will not give up.”
Yet, while Alonso improved his position in Shangai, Raikkonen, who started 11th, continued to struggle with his car and was eliminated after the second session on Saturday.
So far this season, Hamilton and Rosberg have dominated all the F1 races, with Rosberg winning the Australian Grand Prix March 16th, then riding Hamilton’s tail in the next three events. In fact, the Chinese Grand Prix was Hamilton’s third victory so far this season, including the Malaysia Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur March 30th and Bahrain.