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

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

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

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Jean-Eric Vergne of Scuderia Toro Rosso in action.

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Kimi Räikkönen thinking about California girls.

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

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Red Bull maxing out the Infiniti branding.

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

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

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Kimi Räikkönen thinking about California girls.

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

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Debris picked up by the Pirelli tires.

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