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Nico Rosberg survived an eventful Chinese Grand Prix to make it three wins from three in 2016 as he opened up a commanding lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship.
On an incident-filled opening lap, World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who started from the back of the grid, suffered a broken front wing as his challenge ended before it really started.
Rosberg scorched off in-front early on and never really looked backed as he won by a whopping 38 seconds to open up a 36-point lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship.
Sebastian Vettel finished behind Rosberg but he was involved in the chaos of the opening lap when he crashed into Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Raikkonen moved right into Vettel's path as the German moved left to ensure he was not hit by an aggressive drive down the inside by Kvyat, who took third in Shanghai.
Vettel confronted Kvyat about the crash in the pre-podium room after the race, saying: "You - asking what happened at the start. If I don't go left, you crash into us and we all three go out - you are like a torpedo."
"We didn't crash," Kvyat responded.
To which Vettel said: "You didn't. You were lucky this time."
"I'm on the podium; you're on the podium," responded a defiant Kvyat.
Hamilton, meanwhile, continued with his frustrating race as he pitted three times in the first six laps.
Mercedes stopped him twice under the safety car, doing only one lap on the super-soft tyres in an attempt to ensure he could use only the softs for the rest of the race.
The World Champion was then involved in an altercation with Felipe Nasr and said his progress had been affected by damage to the car in the incident.
"The car was pretty damaged," he said afterwards. "I'm sure it was some aero components but I think it was the suspension as well because it was flexing all over the place."
However, the Englishman cut a frustrated figure after the race, but he remained confident aboout the race for the title.
"It was definitely a difficult one," the world champion told Sky Sports. "I got a good start, which is always difficult from the back. I tried to avoid what was ahead of me but got tangled in it.
"After that I battled through, but I just felt like every time I stopped I had to come through again, I wasn't gaining ground and at the end there wasn't enough tyres. That's racing but it's not a great finish. Hopefully onwards and upwards."
The carnage in behind had no effect on Rosberg, though, as he continued untroubled out in-front and raced home to take a stranglehold on the World Title.
Chinese Grand Prix result
Pos. Driver, Team, Time/Gap
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1hr38:53.891
2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +37.8s
3. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, +45.9s
4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +52.7s
5. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +65.9s
6. Felipe Massa, Williams, +75.5s
7. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +78.2s
8. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, +79.3s
9. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, +84.1s
10. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, +86.2s
11. Sergio Perez, Force India, +94.3s
12. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, +97.2s
13. Jenson Button, McLaren, +102s
14. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, +1 lap
15. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, +1 lap
16. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, +1 lap
17. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, +1 lap
18. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, + 1 lap
19. Romain Grosjean, Haas, +1 lap
20. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, +1 lap
21. Rio Haryanto, Manor, + 1 lap
22. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, +1 lap