Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso laid down the law at the end of Formula One’s brief Oriental pre-season in a race that highlighted the excesses of engineering intentionally useless tires. Here’s our selection of the best, funniest and prettiest photos taken at the race in Shanghai.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of a three-time German world champion driving a car financed by an Austrian billionaire selling sugar water.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg signing “Nico Rosberg”. A year ago he took his only victory here.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Jenson Button ready to roll. He finished 5th—not bad for McLaren in their current form.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Back when Mark Webber still had wings and tires on his car.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Jean-Eric Vergne of Scuderia Toro Rosso in action.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Kimi Räikkönen thinking about California girls.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Scoring his 27th pole position, Lewis Hamilton overtook Mika Häkkinen on the all-time list for 8th place.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Red Bull maxing out the Infiniti branding.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Behind Fernando Alonso taking the checkered flag, a fascinating oddity: clear skies in China! F1 people think of everything.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Mark Webber in a racing suit, not driving a racing car.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Kimi Räikkönen thinking about California girls.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

I wish they all could be Shanghai
I wish they all could be Shanghai
I wish they all could be Shanghai girls.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Happy Ferrari people. After three races, they’re sitting pretty, just behind Red Bull.

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Through The Lens: The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Debris picked up by the Pirelli tires.

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