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F1 Chinese Grand Prix: Jenson Button Wins Race, Takes Drivers Title Lead

Jenson Button won his second race of the new F1 season by edging McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Chinese Grand Prix. Button took only two pit stops on a day when the unpredictable weather at the Shanghai International Circuit forced a majority of drivers to enter the pit at least four times. He finished the 56-lap race in 1:46:42.163, 1.5 seconds faster than Hamilton.

Button received 25 points for the win to take over the lead in the Drivers Championship race with a total of 60 points after four events. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg moved up to second place after finishing third in China. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso came in fourth followed by Renault’s Robert Kubica. Michael Schumacher, whose last win before retiring happened on the same track in 2006, finished in tenth place.

Button benefited from his strategy of going to the pit only twice compared to Hamilton’s four. The defending champion Button took over the lead in the 19th lap after Rosberg made a wide turn due to worn out tires.