Rosberg secures maiden win

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Updated: April 15, 2012

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg claimed his first Formula One race victory as he led from pole position to take the Chinese Grand Prix in style on Sunday.

The German’s faultless drive in Shanghai saw him comfortably home ahead of the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes claimed a first victory since the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955.

After claiming pole in his 111th grand prix yesterday, Rosberg enjoyed a relatively smooth ride to the chequered flag, even after losing team-mate Michael Schumacher early on after a pit-stop error.

Behind the 26-year-old German, however, it proved to be a real battle for the other placings, with Button claiming second ahead of McLaren team-mate Hamilton, has now taken over leadership of the standings by two points from Button – 45 compared to 43.

1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:36:26.929
2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +00:20.626
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 00:26.012
4. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 00:27.924
5. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 00:30.483
6. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 00:31.491
7. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault 00:34.597
8. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 00:35.643
9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:37.256
10. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber – Ferrari 00:38.720
11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 00:41.066
12. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 00:42.273
13. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00:42.779
14. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 00:50.573
15. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 00:51.213
16. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 00:51.756
17. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 01:03.156
18. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham – Renault 1 lap
19. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia – Cosworth 1 lap
20. Charles Pic (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1 lap
21. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT – Cosworth 1 lap
22. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT – Cosworth 2 laps
23. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham – Renault 3 laps
r. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 44 laps

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