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Rosberg wins dramatic China GP

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Nico Rosberg left the drama and chaos of the Chinese GP in his wake to claim a commanding sixth win in a row and open up a big lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship.

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Lewis Hamilton finished seventh after starting from the back of the grid with his chances of a stronger result compromised by a broken front wing on the opening lap.

Making five separate visits to the pits as Mercedes appears to switch between strategies, Hamilton ran as high as fifth entering the closing stages but was unable to pass the Williams of Felipe Massa and was instead overtaken by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Rosberg now leads his Mercedes team-mate by 36 points in the world championship after three races.

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Sebastian Vettel finished second for Ferrari but trailed Rosberg by over 30 seconds after being involved in the chaotic opening lap's most controversial moment when he crashed into Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel was moving out of the way of the fast-starting Daniil Kvyat, who eventually finished behind the Ferrari to secure Red Bull's first podium of the season.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for the third consecutive race but may rue what might have been had a puncture not scuppered his podium hopes when leading in the early stages.

Raikkonen fought back from his tangle with Vettel to take fifth.

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