The race was dominated by tyre strategy but it was clear from relatively early on that Alonso would be tough to beat.
“Definitely it was a fantastic race for us from the start to the end,” said Alonso. “We had no problems with the car, the tyre degradation was better than expected.
“It feels fantastic. After the retirement in Malaysia we were under pressure to finish but of the two races we have finished we have been second and first so it is looking good and we are very optimistic.”
The Guardian’s Paul Weaver said of the race:
This was a race dominated by the different demands of soft and medium tyre strategies but for the spectators the best strategy of all would have been to remain at home. Perhaps the one consolation was that boredom has seldom been as frenetic as this. There was a certain energy in the ennui. But while a lot of people were moving quickly, like wind-up toys, very little was actually happening.
Alonso will not see it quite the same way. He is many people’s pick to win his third championship this year and he stamped his nonchalant authority on proceedings, winning by more than 10 seconds. Kimi Raikkonen’s wonderfully consistent run continued, with second place, and there was a third for Lewis Hamilton, just as there had been in the previous race in Malaysia.
Alonso’s victory on Sunday marks his second in the Chinese Grand Prix, having previously won on the Shanghai track in 2005.
Fernando Alonso took Ferrari’s first victory of the season here on Sunday at the China Grand Prix, the third race of this year’s Formula One world championship, having it comfortably sewn up with a big margin lead of 10.1 seconds ahead of a close battle for the second place between three other drivers.