(SHANGHAI) — Formula One driver Fernando Alonso captured the checkered flag in Sunday’s running of the Chinese Grand Prix.
The 31-year-old Alonso took control of the race with 13 laps remaining and cruised to victory lane. Kimi Raikkonen finished in second, 10 seconds behind Alonso. Pole Sitter Lewis Hamilton came home in third, two tenths of second ahead of series points leader Sebastian Vettel.
“Yeah, it feels great after the retirement in Malaysia, we had some pressure to finish the race,” Alonso said. “The two races we finished this year; one second place and today the victory, so definitely the start of this 2013 campaign is looking good, so we are very optimistic.”
With the victory, Alonso moves into third place in the series points standings.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN