By Alex Kapadia
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg stormed to victory at the Chinese Grand Prix after the team managed their allocation of tyres perfectly.
Using a two-stop strategy he claimed his debut win on the P Zero White medium tyres after gaining enough pace at the start of the race on the P Zero Yellow Soft rubber to ensure he was able to complete his first pit stop without losing the lead.
McLaren celebrated with a second for Jenson Button and third for team-mate Lewis Hamilton in what turned out to be a thrilling race and saw Mercedes claim its first win since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “Many congratulations to Nico and to Mercedes for this thoroughly well-deserved victory, during which they exhibited a perfect understanding of how to get the most out of both compounds in challenging circumstances and keep the tyres within the optimal performance window.
“As expected, we saw a high degree of tyre degradation in the tough conditions of China, with the frontleft tyre in particular coming under particular stress. This gave the opportunity for the
teams to try out a wide variety of different strategies, which resulted in spectacular yet lean wheel-to-wheel racing that if anything surpassed even last year’s Chinese Grand Prix.
“I’d also like to congratulate our former test driver Romain Grosjean, who claimed his best-ever finish with sixth overall for Lotus.”