Nico Rosberg made it three wins from three by easing to the chequered flag in the Chinese Grand Prix.
A chaotic start created an exhilarating start which saw collisions between the two Ferrari’s creating problems for Lewis Hamilton as he lost his front wing.
Despite colliding with his team mate, Sebastian Vettel joined his compatriot on the podium to take second with Red Bulls Daniil Kvyat finishing in third.
At the start Daniel Ricciardo managed to get past Nico Rosberg but the action behind changed the race.
At turn one and going into two, Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari locked up with team mate Sebastian Vettel right next to him, Daniil Kvyat stormed up the inside, Vettel was left with no room and was forced to hit his team mate.
Vettel was furious during the race and quickly came onto the team radio, calling the Russian ‘sucidal’ and a ‘madman’.
As Raikkonen rejoined the track, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was forced to avoid the Ferrari and he hit Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
The triple world champion’s front wing dislodged and eventually he drove over it.
Both Raikkonen and Hamilton returned to the pits for new front wings.
Daniel Ricciardo’s lead was short lived when a puncture hit the Australian’s left rear forcing him to head to the pits too, but with bits of front wing and tyre scattered over the track, the safety car was brought out the clear the circuit.
The introduction of the safety car created a hectic time in the pits, Vettel overtook drivers on the entry to the pit lane while Jenson Button managed to avoid collisions in the pits with Force India double stacking.
After the pits, Raikkonen, Vettel and Hamilton started a fantastic comeback up the pack.
Nico Rosberg had a quiet and comfortable race up at the front, but behind there was overtaking galore which produced a stunning race.
The variety of strategies helped the Ferrari’s to slice their way through the field and eventually Vettel despite further front wing damage after a tight overtake on Valtteri Bottas, was able to move up to finish in second.
Raikkonen also got through much of the field end up in fifth.
But for Lewis Hamilton his strategy failed to give him a push to the sharper end of the grid with the Mercedes struggling in the dirty air of the various cars he attempted to get past.
He was stuck for some time behind Williams’ Felipe Massa but all the while Daniel Ricciardo closed up on the Briton, the Red Bull then pulled off a brilliant lunge down the inside of turn six.
By the time of the chequered flag, all 22 drivers managed to complete the race, only the sixth time in F1 history that the entire field has done so.
2016 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix results
1 Nico ROSBERG- MERCEDES
2 Sebastian VETTEL- FERRARI
3 Daniil KVYAT- RED BULL
4 Daniel RICCIARDO- RED BULL
5 Kimi RAIKKONEN- FERRARI
6 Felipe MASSA- WILLIAMS
7 Lewis HAMILTON- MERCEDES
8 Max VERSTAPPEN- TORO ROSSO
9 Carlos SAINZ- TORO ROSSO
10 Valtteri BOTTAS- WILLIAMS
11 Sergio PEREZ- FORCE INDIA
12 Fernando ALONSO- MCLAREN
13 Jenson BUTTON- MCLAREN
14 Esteban GUTIERREZ- HAAS
15 Nico HULKENBERG- FORCE INDIA
16 Marcus ERICSSON- SAUBER
17 Kevin MAGNUSSEN- RENAULT
18 Pascal WERHLEIN- MANOR
19 Romain GROSJEAN- HAAS
20 Felipe NASR- SAUBER
21 Rio HARYANTO- MANOR
22 Jolyon PALMER- RENAULT