Jenson Button won a rain-affected Chinese grand prix in Shanghai to take the lead of the 2010 driver’s world championship standings.
Rain played havoc in China as Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg held off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to finish third with Renault’s Robert Kubica in fifth.
Button’s win means he leads the drivers’ championship by 10 points.
Renault’s Robert Kubica took fifth, ahead of pole sitter Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, who was shuffled back by the early change to wet-weather tires.
Vitaly Petrov of Russia finished seventh, registering his first-ever F1 points. Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher of Mercedes rounded out the top 10.
utton had won the Australian Grand Prix after an early swap to slick tyres proved crucial and it was again superior strategic decisions by the 2009 world champion which led to him dominating for much of the race.
“It was a tricky race and we called it right. It’s not just about being quick – it’s about reading the conditions,” said Button.
Meanwhile, Hamilton once again proved his class when climbing the field.
A disappointed Schumacher admitted it had been a exasperating weekend.