The 2012 Chinese Grand Prix weekend was great from start to finish. Mercedes were able to score their first victory since 1955 and Nico Rosberg was able to score his first victory in seven years of Formula One racing.
It was a comfortable Merc victory in the end, but how did the other teams fare in a close fought race?
Nico Rosberg Qualifying (Q) P1, Race (R) P1
Michael Schumacher Q P3, R DNF
China’s qualifying provided Mercedes GP with their first pole position since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix and Nico Rosberg his first ever pole position.
The team that won the two 2009 World Championships as Brawn GP have struggled to make a significant impression since their re-birth as Mercedes GP the following year. However, they have always had raw speed and have been turning heads in practice and early qualifying sessions since the opening race in Australia.
Having said that, despite promising a lot, Mercedes didn’t really set qualifying on fire in the first...