SHANGHAI — Fernando Alonso's win at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday stamped the Ferrari driver as a strong contender for the Formula One title after a comfortable victory.
Alonso took the lead for good with 13 laps left beat Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen by 10 seconds. Raikkonen overcame slight damage on his nose, sustained in contact with McLaren's Sergio Perez. Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes finished third.
The Ferrari was so strong that Alonso's team cautioned him in the closing stages not to push too hard, only for the Spaniard to reply that he wasn't. After the race, he said he won while retaining "some pace in the pocket."
It was 31st win for the two-time world champion, tying him with Nigel Mansell for fourth all-time, behind only Michael Schumacher (91), Alain Prost (51) and Ayrton Senna (41).
Trucks: Kyle Larson, 20, got his first series win by holding off Joey Logano in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Rockingham Speedway. Logano was closing on Larson when a collision between Timothy Peters and Ryan Sieg brought out the caution with two laps left. On the green-white-checkered restart. Logano had fresher tires but misjudged Larson's start.
Fan death: A medical examiner said a man who died in the infield during Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth shot himself in the head. The death of Kirk Franklin, 42, of Saginaw, Texas, was ruled a suicide.