Cheap shot? OK fine, truth is I can't find anything negative to say about any driver at the Chinese GP, not even Massa!
Aside from Nico Rosberg running away with it and essentially disappearing for his first win in 111 starts, it was cracking race, more Moto GP than F1 at times.
I lost track of all the passing and there was more wheel to wheel action in one GP than there have been in whole past seasons of racing.
The on track action, especially in the second half of the race was just bananas: wheel banging, three across passing yet it was all, with one notable exception, clean and beautiful to watch. Even back markers made no mistakes (come to think of it I don't think I saw an HRT on the broadcast at all!).
The race really was, more than ever, about tires. Mercedes, the car that was hard on tires, won with a two stop strategy vs the three stops of Mclaren.
A bad tire stop knocked Schumacher out and another bad tire stop compromised Button's race.
Tire debris littered the wide Shanghai track turning into a narrow single car gully where a passing attempt meant almost a certain off.
Some cars worked well on a two stopper while others (Lotus) fell mercilessly off the cliff.
Rosberg had clean air and no fights, key to his tires lasting. Mclarens had the pace to beat him, maybe, but Button's bad pit stop put him back in traffic and ruined his chances, Hamilton could not overcome his five spot penalty, again mostly because of traffic.
Vettel, made his strategy work, just. he should be happy with fifth from eleventh. Not so happy Webber blew by him on the outside on the last lap but Vettel could very easily have made that move much harder for the Australian but chose to gave him room. Again good driving by all.
Not so good Perez's move on his teammate Kobayashi.
Ferrari, Alonso really should have been fifth or sixth but he, lacking straight-line speed, had to resort to passing attempts in odd places and ended up in the marbles while trying Maldonado, an error that had him nearly collected by Perez in what would have been a big one.
Massa, well, he did what he could I think, a two stopper was a big ask for that package.
Williams, surprise of the day.
Raikkonen, other surprise, he was up to second when Lotus should really have called him in for tires. In the final laps Pirellis fell off the cliff and lost something like eight spots over two laps. It was painful to watch but Kimi's back mentally, not even Hamilton could rattle him.
So, awesome race, enjoy the highlights. Next week end the circus heads to Bahrain, where nobody wants to go but, I guess, the money's too good to pass up.