McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and will now head into the seasonal finale in Brazil at Sao Paulo in two weeks with a seven-point advantage over Felipe Massa (Ferrari), his sole challenger for the world title who finished second today.
Lewis led 53 of the 56 laps (305.066 km), Heikki Kovalainen led the other three laps but retired on lap 50 due to a problem with the air consumption of the pneumatic valve control system. Lewis now leads the overall rankings with 94 points, Massa is second on 87. Heikki is seventh on 51 points. After 17 out of 18 Grands Prix, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes remains second in the constructors’ championship with 145 points; Ferrari leads with 156 points.
At the end: 1-Lewis Hamilton, 2-Felipe Massa +14.9, 3-Kimi Raikkonen +16.4, 4-Fernando Alonso +18.3, 5-Nick Heidfeld +28.9, 6-Robert Kubica +33.2, 7-Timo Glock +41.7, 8-Nelson Piquet +56.6.