Rosberg celebrates sixth F1 victory at China Grand Prix

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Shanghai, April 17 (IANS) Mercedes’ racing driver Nico Rosberg secured his third China Grand Prix win and sixth successive F1 victory here on Sunday.

Rosberg secured victory after pulling ahead of Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who had dominated the first laps but ended up in the fourth place after team-mate Daniil Kvyat, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Rosberg.

Force India’s Sergio Perez was 11th while his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg ended 15th.

“Thank you guys and thank you Shanghai!” tweeted the 30-year-old Rosberg after the race on Sunday.

Rosberg raced ahead after the first laps and finished over 37 seconds ahead of the throng of drivers, while behind him a flurry of chaotic drama ensued in the 56-lap circuit.

Team Red Bull’s Kyvat — who ended in the third place — passed Vettel on the inside in Turn 2 and nearly caused the Ferrari driver to crash into his team-mate Kimi Raikonnen, who ended up in the fifth place.

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Though Vettel eventually caught up to take the second place in the race, the 28-year-old challenged Kyvat about his risky move afterwards.

“You came like a torpedo, if I keep going the same line, we crash,” said Vettel in a conversation recorded by a fan and posted on Twitter as a sheepish Kyvat says with a smile, “I was racing!”

Later, on the victory podium, Rosberg sprayed Vettel in the head with champagne before doing a victory dance and chugging the sparkling wine from the bottle.

The next race will be held on May 1 at the Sochi Autodrum street circuit in southern Russia’s Black Sea coast in Krasnodar Krai.

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