How McLaren defined six days at the Chinese GP

© McLaren, 5 April 2012
1. September 26 2004
The inaugural Chinese Grand Prix ends with the top three separated by just 1.4s. Kimi Raikkonen comes home third for McLaren, after sitting on the gearbox of Jenson Button from the second round of pitstops. © AP Images
2. October 16 2005
Raikkonen finishes second to newly crowned world champion Fernando Alonso. He sets the fastest lap of the race, but loses a strategic advantage when the Safety Car is deployed after Juan Pablo Montoya dislodges a piece of metal grating at Turn 10. © AP Images
3. October 7 2007
Lewis Hamilton does everything right early on. He leads the race from pole position, but as he pits on lap 31 he runs wide at the pitlane entry and beaches his car in the gravel. Raikkonen wins for Ferrari, ahead of Fernando in the second MP4-22. © AP Images
4. October 19 2008
Hamilton converts pole position into the team’s first victory in China. His fastest lap of the race emphasises his dominance and, as a result of this win, all he needs is fifth place in Interlagos to clinch the world championship. © AP Images
5. April 18 2010
A classic Jenson Button victory. Light rain falls at the start of the race and Button stays on slicks while his rivals pit for intermediates. When the rain stops and the track dries out, Button moves into the lead and is never headed. Hamilton finishes second to give McLaren a one-two finish. © AP Images
6. 17 April 2011
A three-stop strategy and a fresh set of tyres at the end of the race allows Hamilton to rapidly close on Sebastian Vettel, who he audaciously passes for the lead with four laps left. Button comes home fourth to maintain his 100 percent finishing record in China. © AP Images



 

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