The race started amidst the beginnings of a rain shower. Credit to the drivers should be given for how they drove the opening laps, they were extremely well behaved in difficult, changing conditions. Hamilton held the lead and pulled away with ease in the early laps of the race. A couple of small rain showers did'nt halt the Briton's progress, and he marched away from Raikkonen, Massa & Alonso.
The circuit however caught a perfect hole in the weather and conditions improved enough for dry tyres to be taken by the brave. Alex Wurz was first to try dries and he instantly sent the timing screens turning purple, causing panic down the pitlane as more and more drivers reacted and came in for faster rubber. A few drivers however stayed out for a few more laps - as there was a simultaneous message flashed about more rain coming imminently.
Leader Hamilton was one of those to try and hang on for the shower, and he paid the price. His intermediates were completely down to the canvas, and Hamilton decided finally that it was time to pit, but the tyres gave up, he came into the pitlane too quickly, and slid off into a small gravel trap in the pitlane. This time there was no rejoining the fray.
Robert Kubica then amazingly assumed the lead of the race, but the pole was shattered by a mechanical problem and he had to retire. Kimi Raikkonen then took over a lead he was never to lose, with Alonso moving into Second place it sets us up perfectly for a thrilling finale.
Result from Shanghai....
Pos Driver Team Time 1. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1h37:58.395 2. Alonso McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 9.800 3. Massa Ferrari (B) + 12.800 4. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 53.500 5. Button Honda (B) + 68.600 6. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 73.600 7. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 74.200 8. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) + 80.700 9. Kovalainen Renault (B) + 81.100 10. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 84.600 11. Fisichella Renault (B) + 86.600 12. Wurz Williams-Toyota (B) + 1 Lap 13. Trulli Toyota (B) + 1 Lap 14. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) + 1 Lap 15. Barrichello Honda (B) + 1 Lap 16. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 2 Laps 17. Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari (B) + 3 Laps Fastest lap: Massa, 1:37.454 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 34 Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 31 R.Schumacher Toyota (B) 26 Sutil Spyker-Ferrari (B) 25 Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) 12